Judy Collins has long inspired audiences with her sublime vocals and boldly vulnerable songwriting which spans a career of over 6 decades. Known for her renditions of hits Both Sides Now, a cover which entered her into the Grammy Hall of Fame and would later put Joni Mitchell on the map as well as the stunning recording of Stephen Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns, which won her the 1975 Grammy for ‘Song of the Year’. She is famously the inspiration of the beloved Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s song Suite: Judy Blue Eyes and her long friendship with Leonard Cohen resulted in her covering Suzanne, turning him into a household name.
She’s garnered several top-ten hits gold- and platinum-selling albums and her legacy has been honoured by contemporary and classic artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez, and Leonard Cohen with the album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins. She is a modern-day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.
"Hearing her voice was like finding a unicorn…she’s still at the top of her game today" - Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills and Nash)
“He said, ‘I can’t play and I can’t sing’ and he said, ‘I don’t know if this is a song’, and then he played me Suzanne.” - Judy Collins on discovering Leonard Cohen