Mon 06 Jun 2011
WME Entertainment presents
Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes.
Her impressive career has spanned more than 50 years. At 13, Judy Collins made her public debut performing Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos but it was the music of such artists as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, as well as the traditional songs of the folk revival, that sparked Judy's love of lyrics. She soon moved away from the classical piano and began her lifelong love with the guitar.
In 1961, Judy Collins released her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22 and began a thirty-five year association with Jac Holzman and Elektra Records. She interpreted the songs of fellow artists – particularly the social poets of the time such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton. Judy was instrumental in bringing other singer-songwriters to a wider audience including poet/musician Leonard Cohen – and musicians Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman.
Judy Collins is also noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now on her 1967 album, Wildflowers which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Winning Song of the Year at the 1975 Grammy Awards was Judy's version of Send in the Clowns, a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical A Little Night Music.