Judy Collins Cited in Ad Age Magazine Award to BBDO
Legendary singer Judy Collins, known for her stunning interpretations of "Both Sides Now," "Send in the Clowns" and "Amazing Grace," was cited by Ad Age magazine in their award to BBDO for the Visa ad which featured her rendition of "Give My Regards To Broadway." The magazine awarded BBDO their Agency of the Year for making "the most beautiful and tasteful of all the ads" which followed the tragedy of 9/11. With her clear soprano, Judy Collins still brings hope and healing to the world.
In the past year, Judy Collins founded the Judy Collins Wildflower Festival, which premiered with a 26-city tour featuring guest artists Richie Havens, Janis Ian, Roger McGuinn, Tom Paxton, and Leon Redbone. Both Amnesty International and UNICEF had tables at a number of shows. In addition to the Wildflower concerts, Judy has just finished an 80-city year of singing from the heart for audiences around the country. 2002 will include 40 or more national and international Wildflower Festival dates, with artists* including Richie Havens, Natalie MacMasters and special guest Arlo Guthrie.
Judy's label, Wildflower Records, released Maids and Golden Apples, a single CD of her first two albums from Elektra Records, celebrating a milestone in recording history. The collection on Rhino of The Very Best of Judy Collins has been released worldwide, and Rhino has also released the first two Judy Collins Elektra albums internationally.
Martin Guitars two new Judy Collins Signature Edition guitars in 6 and 12 string versions were developed and are going on sale in March of 2002. The artist royalties from the Judy Collins Martin guitars will be split between two of Judy's favorite organizations, UNICEF and Amnesty International.
In recent months, Judy has made two appearances on CNN's Larry King Live, including her performance of "Amazing Grace" to commend the police officers, firefighters and volunteers who saved the many lives in the terrorist attacks. She appeared on the Today Show in July to launch the Wildflower Festival, and again on December 19th as Liberty Island was reopened. On February 7th, Judy will perform for a special 2-hour national broadcast of the public radio show "The Infinite Mind," in which special guests will discuss how the September 11th tragedies have affected issues involving the mental health and emotional well-being of Americans. Judy will join other celebrities on March 4th at the brand new Ritz Carlton Battery Park at "Liberty for All," the fundraiser to celebrate the public opening of the Statue of Liberty and will once again sing "America the Beautiful," with her new verse written especially for these challenging times.
In December of 2001, following the five-alarm fire at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, Judy extended an invitation to the Cathedral to co-produce with them an all-star fundraiser for the Church, to be held Spring of 2002. Ms. Collins is a member of the congregation, was married there in 1996 to designer, Louis Nelson, and is an Artist in Residence at the Cathedral, as well as serving as a member of the church's Board of Regents. The proposed evening of healing and hope will raise money for the Cathedral of St John the Divines and celebrate the heroics of the New York City Fire Department whose quick response saved the main sanctuary of the Cathedral, which as been the place of worship for New Yorkers for over 100 years.
2002 will see Judy continuing her highly active pace, with a DVD release of the Judy Collins Wildflower Festival, solo and orchestral performances across the country, a Carnegie Hall Christmas Special in New York on November 29th, Symphony Hall on December 21st, as well as a possible fourth release from Wildflower Records.
Judy continues, with music of hope and healing, to light up a world that needs music that matters, and speaks to the heart.