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Collins is an American singer-songwriter and musician with a career spanning seven decades. An Academy Award-nominated documentary director and a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, she is known for her eclectic tastes in the material she records (which has included folk music, country, show tunes, pop music, rock and roll and standards), for her social activism, and for the clarity of her voice. Her discography consists of 36 studio albums, nine live albums, numerous compilation albums, four holiday albums, and 21 singles.

Collins' debut studio album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, was released in 1961 and consisted of traditional folk songs. She had her first charting single with "Hard Lovin' Loser" (No. 97) from her fifth studio album In My Life (1966), but it was the lead single from her sixth studio album Wildflowers (1967), "Both Sides, Now" – written by Joni Mitchell – that gave her international prominence. The single reached No. 8 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and won Collins her first Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance. She enjoyed further success with her recordings of "Someday Soon", "Chelsea Morning" (also written by Mitchell), "Amazing Grace", "Turn! Turn! Turn!", and "Cook with Honey".

Collins experienced the biggest success of her career with her recording of Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" from her tenth studio album Judith (1975). The single peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in 1975 and then again in 1977 at No. 19, spending 27 non-consecutive weeks on the chart and earning her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, as well as a Grammy Award for Sondheim for Song of the Year. Judith would also become her best-selling studio album; it was certified Gold by the RIAA in 1975 for sales of over 500,000 copies and Platinum in 1996 for sales of over 1,000,000 copies.

In 2017, Collins's rendition of the song "Amazing Grace" was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant". That same year, she received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Folk Album for Silver Skies Blue with Ari Hest. In 2019 at the age of 80, she scored her first No. 1 album on an American Billboard Chart with Winter Stories, a duet album with Norwegian singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jonas Fjeld featuring Chatham County Line. In 2022, she released her first studio album of all original material, titled Spellbound, and it earned her another Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album.

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Bay Area Cabaret Reveals 2023-24 Season Lineup

Bay Area Cabaret has announced the 2023-24 season starring five exceptional and critically acclaimed cabaret, jazz and Broadway artists, all to be presented at the famed Venetian Room, Fairmont San Francisco, beginning Sunday, October 29 through Sunday, April 14. Learn more about the full season lineup here!

Photos: Travis Moser And Drew Wutke Continue Their City Winery Tour With A Stop At The Brand New Pittsburgh Location

Cabaret, concert and recording artist Travis Moser and Musical Director/pianist Drew Wutke continued the City Winery tour of their new show, Someday Soon: The Songs of Judy Collins, with a stop at the brand new City Winery Pittsburgh on Thursday, August 31st at 8pm.

Paul Reiser, Judy Collins, Chris Botti, and More Set For Universal Preservation Hall's Upcoming Season

Universal Preservation Hall is adding to their already hearty list of amazing acts coming in the 2023-2024 season. Learn more about the upcoming events here!

Gail Merrifield Papp Will Discuss Her New Book with George C. Wolfe at Joe's Pub

More than half a century after the Public Theater opened its doors with Hair, Gail Merrifield Papp will speak for the first time about her vivid and fascinating behind-the scenes memoir, Public/Private: My Life with Joe Papp at The Public Theater. The event will be held on Monday, September 18 at 6pm at Joe’s Pub – the Public Theater venue named for Joseph Papp.

Birdland to Present AMANDA GREEN & FRIENDS Featuring Jenn Colella, Jarrod Spector, Jade Jones & More

BIRDLAND JAZZ CLUB will present two-time Tony-nominated and Grammy-nominated songwriter and performer Amanda Green on Monday, October 9 at 7:00 PM.

Spruce Peak Arts Reveals New Executive Director, Seth Soloway

Spruce Peak Arts (SPA)has announced the appointment of new Executive Director Seth Soloway to lead Stowe, VT’s premier nonprofit performing arts center. Learn more about the new Executive Director here!

Folk Music Legends John McCutcheon & Tom Paxton to Release Joint Album 'Together'

Songs about history, the news, baseball, cowboys, America, love, the remembered, the forgotten. Gathering John’s familiar crew of supporting musicians (fiddle wizard Stuart Duncan, keyboardist Jon Carroll, bass player JT Brown, as well as special guest, Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie McCoy), the arrangements are compelling.

Judy Collins and Madeleine Peyroux to Perform at Mayo Performing Arts Center

Get ready for an unforgettable evening as legendary musicians Judy Collins and Madeleine Peyroux take the stage at MPAC. Find out the dates and secure your tickets to witness their mesmerizing live performance. Don't miss this opportunity to experience the magic of these iconic artists.

Bill Russell to Present MY SIDE OF THE SHOW at Birdland

Join Bill Russell in 'My Side of the Show' at Birdland as he delves into the captivating world of the Broadway musical 'Side Show.' Experience the magic and artistry of this beloved production in a unique concert setting. Don't miss this unforgettable exploration of one of Broadway's most cherished musicals.

Joe's Pub Unveils the Line-Up for its Third Annual Habibi Festival

Discover the exciting line-up of performers and schedule for the highly anticipated Third Annual Habibi Festival at Joe's Pub. Get all the details on this must-see event, including dates and featured artists.

The National Symphony Orchestra Kicks Off 2023�"2024 Season In September

The National Symphony Orchestra opens its season with eight programs in September and October 2023 that highlight the versatility of the orchestra; from programs that celebrate Music Director Gianandrea Noseda's musical heritage to collaborations with Artistic Advisor Ben Folds and rising musical artists.

Birdland to Welcome Golden Globe Winner Amanda McBroom in SUCH GOOD FRIENDS

Join Amanda McBroom, the Golden Globe winner, as she takes the stage at BIRDLAND in 'Such Good Friends,' a celebration of female songwriters. Don't miss this limited engagement!

Joe's Pub Unveils Artist Selections for the 2023-2024 Working Group Season

Get a glimpse of the upcoming 2023-2024 Working Group Season at Joe's Pub as the artist selections are announced. Discover the talented lineup of performers set to take the stage and experience a diverse range of music and entertainment.

Champlin, Mayes, And Wright Will Lead Concert Premiere Of New Girl Group Musical, THE CRINOLYNNS

Donna Lynne Champlin, Sally Mayes, and Valerie Wright will headline the world premiere concert of the new musical, THE CRINOLYNNS. Greensburg's Stage Right! and their GhostLight Initiative will present the show at the Carey Performing Arts Center on the campus of Saint Vincent's College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania on Saturday, September 30th.

Hitting New Heights, Improvising Pirates and Mickey Mouse Coming Up At MPAC This Summer

MPAC's 2023-2024 swings into full gear in September, highlighted by the official Opening Night for our 29th season on September 29 with a performance by Broadway stars Mandy Gonzalez and Javier Muñoz.

See Tony Award Winner Cady Huffman and Bass Player Mary Ann McSweeney Live at Birdland Theater

Get ready for an extraordinary night of music as Tony Award winner Cady Huffman and bass player Mary Ann McSweeney take the stage at Birdland Theater. Don't miss out on this limited-time performance that guarantees an unforgettable experience.

The Grand Puts Over 50 Performances On Sale For The 2023-2024 Season

The Grand will open another season starting September 6 with the Byrds co-founder and acclaimed guitarist Roger McGuinn. Learn more about the season lineup here!

Cabaret Star Travis Moser to Continue City Winery Tour In Pittsburgh With Drew Wutke And Michael Fratz

NYC based cabaret, concert and recording artist Travis Moser continues his City Winery tour with a hometown stop at the brand-new City Winery Pittsburgh on Smallman Street in the Strip District on August 31, 2023 at 7:30pm.

Birdland to Present an Unforgettable Night of Music with Matt Baker and Luke Hawkins

Join in at BIRDLAND for an unforgettable night of music featuring the extraordinary talents of Matt Baker and Luke Hawkins. Don't miss out on this epic musical experience.

Shaina Taub �¿with Special Guests Nikki M. James and Jenn Colella to Perform at Bryant Park Picnic Performances

Join Shaina Taub, along with special guests Nikki M. James and Jenn Colella, for a captivating performance at Bryant Park Picnic Performances. Experience an evening of live music in the heart of New York City's iconic park. Don't miss this star-studded event filled with old favorites, new songs, and original compositions.


Judy Collins has written 1 shows including Patti LuPone: Matters of the Heart (Composer).

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