The 3-minute interview with Judy Collins

The crystalline-voiced folk singer, known for her versions of “Both Sides Now” and “Send in the Clowns,” has been performing in the spotlight for more than 40 years. She’ll appear in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday in Kanbar Hall at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., San Francisco. For ticket information, call (415) 292-1233 or visit www.jccsf.org/arts.

Have you ever stopped singing? I’ve performed from the time I could talk — I did school shows, for the PTA, for the Lions’ Club in Denver. I’ve been at this for close to 50 years. I work more now. I also write and make keynote speeches; I do between 50 and 80 appearances a year.

What do you talk about? I meet with local mental health groups; I wrote a book called “The Seven T’s: Finding Hope and Healing in the Wake of Tragedy.” That came about after I wrote “Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival, and Strength” in 2003. They’re about my son’s suicide in 1992. Being able to share about this taboo subject was the key to my own recovery.

Did you participate in San Francisco’s Summer of Love? Not really. I was more on the East Coast, although I did perform in California. I had a lot of radio success in San Francisco, but I didn’t appear in the clubs there, really. Of course, I played in Berkeley.

Where do you live? In New York; since 1963.

Do you have a favorite song? “Amazing Grace” really has got to come up there.

What are you looking forward to? Dinner tonight with my husband.

lkatz@examiner.com


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