Judy Collins


Oral History Information

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Job Title
Vocalist, Songwriter

Judy Collins is perhaps best known for her string of hit recordings in the late 1960s and 70s such as “Both Sides, Now,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Send in the Clowns.” However, did you know Judy was born in Seattle, Washington, the eldest of five children? She studied classical piano with the famous Dutch conductor Antonia Brico (1902-1989). Judy performed Mozart concertos beginning at the age of 13. She soon learned the guitar and became enthralled with folk music. She became a recording artist with a focus early in her career on protest songs such as those written by Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. Her incredible career followed, with Grammy wins and even an Academy Award nomination. Judy was interviewed during the NAMM Show in 2023 on the eve of being presented the She Rocks Award for her many contributions to music.