Grammy-winning musician returns to Grand Rapids

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Judy Collins. Courtesy St. Cecilia Music Center

Legendary folk artist Judy Collins is coming to St. Cecilia Music Center. 

Collins will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, at St. Cecilia Music Center (SCMC) at 24 Ransom Ave. NE in Grand Rapids.

The Grammy Award winner will perform from her 50-album body of work for her third concert at SCMC.

Collins is a multihyphenate whose career spans over five decades of lyricism, singing, authorship, film direction and social activism. Her most recent musical offering was her 2019 album “Winter Stories” in collaboration with Norwegian folk artist Jonas Fjeld and bluegrass band Chatham County Line. 

Collins is best known for her renditions of traditional and contemporary folk standards, including her cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” which earned her entry into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her version of “Send in the Clowns” from the musical “A Little Night Music” won song of the year at the 1975 Grammy Awards. Since then, Collins’ Grammy nods include a nomination for best folk album for her 2017 record “Silver Skies Blue.”

“Judy Collins is an amazing musician and storyteller,” said SCMC Executive and Artistic Director Cathy Holbrook. “With her beautiful voice, her original music we all know and love, and her personal stories about folk and rock artists friends who she’s known for decades, seeing and hearing Judy on stage is truly captivating.

“We’re delighted to have her return to St. Cecilia Music Center for her third concert and to help us commemorate a full year of live concert performances again at SCMC. What a wonderful way to end our 2021-22 season.” 

Tickets for the concert are available here.

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