Heralded as the “Ageless Wild Angel Of Pop” by The New York Times, Judy Collins is known for her sublime vocals, personal life triumphs, and firm commitment to social activism. An award-winning singer-songwriter, her iconic rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” was entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame and “Send in the Clowns” won “Song of the Year” at the 1975 Grammy Awards.
The new release ‘Strangers Again’ (Wildflower/Cleopatra), her first studio work since 2011, was released in September of 2015 and climbed to #1 on Amazon’s music chart. In this album, Collins is golden voiced and soaring over fresh interpretations of songs by Leonard Bernstein and Sondheim, Randy Newman and James Taylor. She invited a number of special guests to join her: Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Don McLean, Jeff Bridges, Glen Hansard, Willie Nelson and more.
Collins began her impressive music career at 13 as a classical piano prodigy but the hardluck tales and rugged sensitivity of folk revival music by artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger seduced her away from a life as a concert pianist. Her path pointed to a lifelong love affair with the guitar and pursuit of emotional truth in lyrics which has influenced so many artists. Recently, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.
Collins, now 76, is as creative as ever, writing, touring worldwide, and nurturing fresh talent. She has appeared everywhere from Sesame Street to HBO’s Girls, performed at a presidential inauguration and released two live DVD/CD specials in the past three years which were also broadcast on PBS. She performs over 100 shows a year.