Janis Ian has been writing songs for five decades

19 Dec 2019 | 03:31

Now her fifth decade of writing songs and performing, Janis Ian received her most recent Grammy nomination in 2016, making a total of 10 nominations over the years in 8 categories.

Janis Ian performs at The Newton Theatre on Friday, August 7th, 2020, at 8 p.m.

Her last Grammy Award, presented at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, was for Best Spoken Word Album for her audio book "Society's Child” (Audible.com). She had stiff competition -- President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, Rachel Maddow and Ellen DeGeneres. When she won, she sincerely considered it to be a “stunning upset.”

With her inimitable sense of humor, she went on to say "There must be a joke in here somewhere. An ex-president, a First Lady and three lesbians go into a bar..."On a more serious note, she said, "We artists are the last alchemists, pulling your dreams, your hopes, your deepest desires out of thin air, and turning them into something you can hear, and play, and sing.. We don't sell music. We sell dreams."

Janis Ian performs at The Newton Theatre on Friday, Aug.7, 2020, at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at The Newton Theatre box office at 219 Spring Street in Newton, NJ; online at www.skypac.org or by calling 973-940-NEWT.