If there's one thing music fans remember about Judy Collins, it's her Grammy Award-winning song, ' Both Sides Now'. What they may not know is she also has important ties to Colorado.

Judy Collins' family moved from Seattle, Washington to Denver, Colorado when she was a child and it was in Colorado her love of music was well nurtured by her piano teacher Antonia Brico.

At age 13, Collins made her first public performance playing Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos. While classically trained, Judy fell in love with the folk music of the early 1960s.

She switched from piano to guitar and from classical to folk music, making her public debut in Boulder and Denver clubs shortly after graduating from Denver's East High School.

Thanks in part to the Stephen Stills written song 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,' Collins has a nickname as well known as her real name even though her relationship with the member of Crosby, Stills and Nash didn't work out.

Besides 'Both Sides Now' which won the Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance, one of the most memorable and iconic songs of Collins' career is a cover of Stephen Sondheim's 'Send in the Clowns.'

Collins will be appearing in Grand Junction at the Avalon Theatre on Friday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $39 to $49 and are available at SingerandSimpson.com or Tix.com. Additional information is available at 406-250-5527.


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