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Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.
SD: How did folk music become your chosen genre?
JC: I was trained as a musician from as early as I can remember. I was always singing and playing along with my father, so the love of music was always there. When I was 15 years old, I heard a few songs on the radio and it changed my life forever. I knew then not only can music be enjoyable, but it can have a message.
SD: Where do you get the inspiration to continue touring and recording?
JC: I am very determined! My love of music inspires me every day. I love to write every day, mostly because I have so many ideas for new songs. No matter what kind of artist you are, enough is never enough.
SD: What finally got you and Stephen into the studio to record your new album “Everybody Knows?”
JC: My producer, David Anderle was the mastermind behind bringing Stephen and I together in the studio. We have been talking about recording an album for a couple of years, but life just got in the way. Our romance didn’t last very long, but our friendship has and that is what makes this album so special.
SD: What is it like touring with someone you have had a 50-year friendship with?
JC: It’s like couples therapy. We are having so much fun. This is so much better than the romance, and phone calls and lunches we have shared of the years. This is really a perfect professional commitment for each of us.
SD: You have a long history of activism, is it still a passion of yours?
JC: You bet! It still certainly is. I believe you should stand-up and fight for what you believe in. I wear my mantra on a necklace that reads “Resist.”