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Janis Ian


Janis Ian

Janis Ian

© 2004 Beth Gwinn

Description of Janis Ian's Music:

Contemporary folk, singer-Songwriter


Janis Ian has the ability to span the musical spectrum from Folk to Jazz, making the easiest comparisons folks like Joni Mitchell or Ani Difranco. Other folks that come to mind include Joan Armatrading and Tracy Champan.

Janis Ian Trivia:

The name Janis was born with was Janis Eddy Fink. She changed it to Janis Ian when she was just a child.

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Recommended CDs by Janis Ian:

Between the Lines (Columbia, 1975) Compare Prices

Aftertones (Columbia, 1976) Compare Prices

Breaking Silence (Morgan Creek/Polygram, 1993) Compare Prices

Janis Ian Biography:

Janis Eddy Fink (Janis Ian) was born on a farm in south Jersey in 1949. By the time she was three, she had begun playing the piano. By the age of ten, she had moved on to guitar. At 15, she released her first single, "Society's Child" (purchase/download)--a song about an inter-racial relationship among teenagers--to incredible controversy and praise. The buzz surrounding her first single not only landed her on several television programs, but also scored a Grammy nomination the following year.

In the 1970s, Ian's career continued as she released three albums in a row that met large critical acclaim. The release of her second most popular single "At Seventeen" (purchase/download) provoked five Grammy nominations, including two Grammy awards.

During the 1980s, she took some time off to study ballet and acting. The break lasted for nearly the entire decade. She returned to music in 1993 with Breaking Silence. Rather than risk losing artistic control to her record company, she took out a second mortgage on her home to fund the record. It paid off as Breaking Silence was nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album.

She continues to tour frequently. She has worked with artists including Dolly Parton, Willy Nelson, and Ani Difranco. In 2008, she released her long-awaited biography, Society's Child.

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