A Paris Conversation with the Legendary Judy Collins
By Al Carlos Hernandez on May 21, 2014
HOLLYWOOD (Herald de Paris) – Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960’s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her presence shines brightly as new generations find solace in her iconic 50 album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to succeed in the music industry for half a century.
She is the Judy of whom the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s 70’s anthem, Suite; Judy Blue Eyes, pays homage.
In March of this year the much-anticipated Judy Collins Live In Ireland, CD/DVD on Cleopatra Records was released to rave reviews. The CD/DVD was recorded during a concert at Dromoland Castle on September 29, 2013, for PBS broadcast. For those who missed the concert, fans worldwide can enjoy this inspiring set of Judy’s most beloved hits along with her favorite Celtic folk songs and stories (including duets with Irish singer Mary Black & NY singer-songwriter Ari Hest, via CD/DVD)
The award-winning singer-songwriter is esteemed for her imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own poetically poignant original compositions. Her memorable and haunting rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Judy’s dreamy and sweetly intimate version of “Send in the Clowns”, a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical “A Little Night Music”, won Song of the Year at the 1975 Grammy Awards. She’s garnered several top-ten hits as well as gold and platinum selling albums. Recently, contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Shawn Colvin, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen honored her legacy with the albumBorn to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins.
Judy began her impressive music career at the age of 13 as a piano prodigy, impressing audiences performing Mozart’s “Concerto for Two Pianos”, but the hard luck 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 the pursuit of emotional truth in lyrics. The focus and regimented practice of classical music, however, would be a source of strength to her inner core as she navigated through the highs and lows of the music business.