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article imageInterview with Judy Collins: Grammy-winning American musician Special

By Markos Papadatos     Nov 28, 2013 in Entertainment
Singer-songwriter Judy Collins is an American treasure. She has been an integral part of the American music scene for the past 54 years.
She has won the Grammy award for "Best Folk Recording" for the classic hit "Both Sides Now" and she is known for her flawless renditions of "Amazing Grace" and "Send in the Clowns," among countless songs. The iconic singer-songwriter took some time from her busy schedule to chat about her upcoming concerts and appearances.
On December 21, she will be performing at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, along with music veteran Don McLean. "I'll be there singing my songs, including new songs and songs from my new PBS show which will be coming up next February, 'Judy Collins Sings the Songs of Ireland.' We will have a great show, including some of the hits. It should be a wonderful night," she said.
On sharing the stage with Don McLean, she remarked, "We love him. He is wonderful. We came up together in the same business, so we share a lot of insights and we have a good time."
Ms. Collins has performed at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Brookville, Long Island, as well as the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, and she noted that they were both "very good" shows.
She shared that she enjoys singing in the studio and playing live shows. "I love doing it all. I am very lucky because I get to make records, CDs, I get to make television shows and I get to tour about 120 shows a year. I get to write books. I have a wonderful life. It's amazing," she said.
Throughout her musical career, she has had a lot of wonderful things happen to her. "This year, we have had a marvelous time going to Ireland. We went there for the 50th anniversary of JFK's visit there in 1963. I was able to sing for that big celebration. That was incredibly moving to be there. They brought the eternal flame from Arlington and put it into the globe and I sang 'Amazing Grace' and some other songs, and got inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame and hung out with about 35 members of the Kennedy family. I just had a wonderful time," she said.
Out of all her recordings, she revealed that "Amazing Grace" is her personal favorite. "I think 'Amazing Grace' is most associated with me," she said.
In 1982, Ms. Collins sang "Amazing Grace" a capella with fellow international music superstar Nana Mouskouri at a television show in Paris, France. "She is wonderful," Ms. Collins said. "That was a lovely time to sing together with her."
Regarding her plans for the future, Ms. Collins foreshadowed, "There will be plenty of concerts and a lot of touring for the Irish show which is coming up."
When asked about what motivates her from day to day, she responded, "I just love what I do. That's what motivates me."
Singer-songwriter Judy Collins
Singer-songwriter Judy Collins
Photo Courtesy of Artist's Archive
Prior to her live shows, she revealed that she always warms up her voice, and that she always has dinner.
Ms. Collins listed Grammy-nominated singer Josh Groban as her dream duet choice. "I like him a lot," she said.
For hopefuls who wish to go into music professionally, Ms. Collins recommended that they "keep at it." "Never give up," she underscored.
The acclaimed songstress defined success as "getting up this morning and having a healthy and happy life."
She shared that she stays connected with her fans via singing, making albums, travelling and appearing, as well as through social media.
Ms. Collins concluded our interview by thanking her fans. "Thank you for helping me and supporting me for 54 years, which is a long time," she said.
For more information on Judy Collins and her upcoming shows, visit her official website.
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