as one of the great American troubadors since the 1960s, singer/songwriter
Janis Ian is still going strong into the 21st century. Raised
on a farm in southern New Jersey, Ian began playing piano
at the age of 2. In 1967, at age 16, she released her first
album, Janis Ian,
and earned the first of nine Grammy nominations. Ian’s
star soared in the 70s when her hit single “At Seventeen”
sold over one million copies and won two Grammys.
Ian continued to release albums throughs the 80s and 90s.
Concerned about the growing loss of artistic control when
dealing with major record labels, Ian struck out on her own
by self-financing her 1993 album Breaking
Silence, which garnered her another Grammy nomination
for best folk album. Ian’s latest album, Billie’s
Bones, features a duet with one of her musical heroes,
Dolly Parton. Showing no sign of slowing down, Ian plans to
spend much of 2004 and 2005 on the road performing. She’s
also one of the most thoughtful and outspoken critics on the
music industry and the current digital downloading controversy.