JUDY COLLINS is an award-winning singer, songwriter, author and in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention.
Judy began inspiring audiences in the 1960s with her sublime vocals, imaginative interpretations of traditional and contemporary folk standards and her own original compositions. Her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” from her landmark 1967 album, Wildflowers, has been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. “Send in the Clowns,” a ballad by Stephen Sondheim, won the 1975 Grammy “Song of the Year.” She has recorded more than fifty albums, and has many top-ten hits and gold- and platinum-selling albums.
Judy is also a prolific author who has written honestly and openly about her family’s struggles with mental illness, substance use disorder and suicide. Her memoir, Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength, chronicles her survival following the suicide of her only son, Clark, in 1992. In her revealing memoir, Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music, which highlights the music she helped create that defined a generation, she writes about her struggles with alcoholism. Her newly released book, Cravings: How I Conquered Food, provides a no-holds barred account of her harrowing struggle with compulsive overeating.
Still a social activist, Judy is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker and musical mentor. She represents UNICEF and numerous other causes. She is also the director (along with Jill Godmillow) of Portrait of a Woman, an Academy Award-nominated film about Antonia Brico, the first woman to conduct major symphonies around the world and Judy’s classical piano teacher when she was young. She has her own music label, Wildflower Records, and continues to write, tour worldwide, create music and nurture fresh talent.