Judy Collins is an award-winning singer-songwriter who has captivated audiences with her signature sublime voice, and social activism, for more than four decades.
“I was very much a part of my generation and a part of my own upbringing and somebody who wanted to make a difference,” explained Collins.
Judy Collins: Music legend opposes landminesGrammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Judy Collins talks about her career, activism and her work with UNICEF.
Her 1968 single “Both Sides Now” won a Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance, and in 2003, she was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. She has been called one of the pioneer voices of American folk music.
Collins is also the author of several books. In her memoirs, she has shared her struggles with alcoholism, drug abuse, bulimia and the loss of a child to suicide. Her most recent book is titled Sweet Judy Blue Eyes: My Life in Music.
Since 1995, Collins has served as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has traveled extensively supporting projects around the world, including the abolition of landmines.
“In the rest of the world, of martial conflict, there are millions of landmines; of course, Vietnam is filled with them, 300 million, they think, alone in Vietnam,” said Collins.
Collins continues to raise funds for the UNICEF National Committees, donating proceeds from her concerts and royalties from guitar sales.
Judy Collins joined Mike Walter in our New York City studios to discuss her career, her activism, and her work with UNICEF.