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Judy Collins - 100% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Folk Holiday & Seasonal Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Judith Marjorie Collins, 1 May 1939, Seattle, Washington, USA. One of the leading female singers to emerge from America’s folk revival in the early 60s, Judy Collins was originally trained as a classical pianist. Having discovered traditional music while a teenager, she began singing in the clubs of Central City and Denver, before embarking on a full-time career with en Read more

Phoebe Snow - 95% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Phoebe Laub, 17 July 1952, New York City, New York, USA. Phoebe Snow was a singer with jazz and folk influences who released a string of popular albums in the 70s that showcased her versatile, elastic contralto vocals. Snow and her family moved to Teaneck, New Jersey, where she studied piano during her childhood. She switched to guitar while in her teens. She wrote poetry an Read more

Tom Paxton - 85% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Children's Music Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Thomas Richard Paxton, 31 October 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Paxton’s interest in folk music developed as a student at the University of Oklahoma. In 1960 he moved to New York and became one of several aspiring performers to frequent the city’s Greenwich Village coffee house circuit. Paxton made his professional debut at the Gaslight, the renowned folk haunt tha Read more

Jennifer Warnes - 74% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 March 1947, Seattle, Washington, USA. Warnes grew up in Orange County, California and first sang in public as a child. In 1967, her strong pop/MOR voice won a contract to appear (as Jennifer Warren) on the television series hosted by country group the Smothers Brothers. Her first recording session was a duet with Mason Williams and Warnes became part of the Los Angeles clu Read more

Buffy Sainte-Marie - 71% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s
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20 February 1941, Piapot Reserve, Saskatchewan, Canada. Adopted and raised in Maine and Massachusetts, Sainte-Marie received a PhD in Fine Art from the University of Massachusetts, but eschewed a teaching career in favour of folk singing. She was signed to Vanguard Records in 1964, following her successful performances at Gerde’s Folk City. Her debut It’s My Way! i Read more

Joan Armatrading - 60% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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9 December 1950, Basseterre, Saint Kitts, West Indies. Armatrading was the first black female singer-songwriter based in Britain to compete on equal terms with white singers. While Madeleine Bell and P.P. Arnold predated Armatrading’s success, the latter has remained remarkably consistent for over 30 years.The Armatrading family moved to Birmingh Read more

Harry Chapin - 56% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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7 December 1942, New York City, New York, USA, d. 16 July 1981, New York, USA. The son of a big band drummer, Chapin played in the Brooklyn Heights Boys’ Choir and during his teens formed a group with his brothers, Tom and Stephen. Immensely talented as a writer and film maker, he directed the Oscar-nominated Legendary Champions in 1968, after which he returned to music Read more

Melanie - 55% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Rickie Lee Jones - 53% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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8 November 1954, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Jones emerged from a thriving Los Angeles bohemian sub-culture in 1979 with a buoyant debut album, peppered with images of streetwise characters and indebted, lyrically, to beat and jazz styles. The set included the Chuck E. Weiss tribute ‘Chuck E.’s In Love’, a US Top 5 single, and ‘Easy Money’, a song previo Read more

Carly Simon - 51% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock Soundtracks Vocals
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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25 June 1945, New York City, New York, USA. Simon became one of the most popular singer-songwriters of the 70s. In the early 60s she played Greenwich Village clubs with her sister Lucy. As the Simon Sisters they had one minor hit with ‘Winkin’ Blinkin’ And Nod’ (Kapp Records 1964) and recorded two albums of soft folk and children’s’ material. Af Read more

Rita Coolidge - 50% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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1 May 1944, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, from mixed white and Cherokee Indian parentage. Coolidge’s father was a Baptist minister and she first sang radio jingles in Memphis with her sister Priscilla. Coolidge recorded briefly for local label Pepper before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-60s. There she became a highly regarded session singer, working with Eric Clapton, S Read more

Al Stewart - 44% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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5 September 1945, Greencock, near Glasgow, Scotland. Stewart first came to prominence during the folk boom of the mid-60s. His musical career began in Bournemouth, England where he played guitar, backing Tony Blackburn in the Sabres. In 1965, he moved to London, played at various folk clubs and shared lodgings with Jackson C. Frank, Sandy Denny and Paul Simon. Stewart was si Read more

Melissa Etheridge - 43% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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29 May 1961, Leavenworth, Kansas, USA. Etheridge was still only a teenager when she began playing piano and guitar in various covers bands around Kansas. After this grounding she had a more formal training at the Berklee College Of Music before playing the club circuit around Boston, Massachusetts. However, it was after she relocated to Los Angeles and was spotted performing Read more

Nanci Griffith - 43% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 July 1953, Seguin, Texas, USA. This singer-songwriter brilliantly straddles the boundary between folk and country music, with occasional nods to the mainstream rock audience. Her mother was an amateur actress and her father a member of a barbershop quartet. They passed on their interest in performance to Nanci, and although she majored in education at the University of Tex Read more

Art Garfunkel - 41% match to Janis Ian

Genres: Children's Music Pop / Rock Vocals
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Arthur Garfunkel, 5 November 1941, Forest Hills, New York City, New York, USA. The possessor of one of the most pitch-perfect voices in popular music has had a sparse recording career since the initial demise of Simon And Garfunkel in 1970. The break-up of one of the most successful post-war singing duos was due in part to Garfunkel’s desire to go into acting, and Paul Read more


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