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Janis Ian


Janis Ian burst onto the scene at age 15 with her controversial saga of interracial love, "Society's Child". In the 1970s her song, "Jesse", became a pop standard after Roberta Flack topped the charts with it. "Stars", possibly the best song ever written about the life of a performer, recorded by artists as diverse as Mel Torme and Cher; and the worldwide hit "At Seventeen", a song that brought her five Grammy nominations (the most any solo female artist had ever garnered) in 1975, and which is now reaching its third generation of listeners. Janis's music also appears in several films, TV shows and she writes and sings radio jingles. Considered a "musician's musician," Janis's songs have been recorded by the likes of Bette Midler, Glen Campbell, Vanilla Fudge, Cher, Joan Baez and Etta James. Although entering the folk music scene almost 50 years ago, her smile is the same and her voice is as compelling as ever - warm, probing, sweet, with just a touch of vibrato. Performing alone on stage, Janis Ian will share anecdotes from her life with items from her prolific collection of originals and a few cover songs. Reviewers have called her live performances "overwhelming to the spirit and soul", and "drenched with such passion, the audience feels they've been swept up in a hurricane."

Performing Arts Type

  • Music