THE LEGACY DEVISION OF SONY MUSIC UK AND AUSTRALIA ACQUIRES CATALOGUE OF ESTEEMED SINGER-SONGWRITER JANIS IAN, SPANNING MORE THAN 40 YEARS OF MUSIC
15 JANIS IAN ALBUM TITLES ARE AVAILABLE DIGITALLY AND THROUGH ALL STREAMING SERVICES
US singer songwriter Janis Ian’s distinguished career will be celebrated this week with the digital release of 15 of her studio albums via the Legacy Division of Sony Music UK and Sony Music Entertainment Australia.
Janis Ian’s five-decade career is an extraordinary one. Its commercial starting point commenced exactly 50 years ago in 1966 when, aged 14, she recorded her first self-penned hit, the controversial and taboo breaking ‘Society’s Child’, and released a stunning self-titled debut album which introduced the world to this very gifted songwriter.
What has followed since then is an absorbing story that has seen Janis Ian receive ten Grammy Nominations (winning three), create a number of classic recordings including NIGHT RAINS (1979), BETWEEN THE LINES (1975) and THE PERENNIAL STARS (1974), publish several books including her acclaimed autobiography, collaborated with Giorgio Moroder, Dolly Parton, Albert Hammond and Willie Nelson, and had her songs covered by Nina Simone, John Mellencamp, and Celine Dion amongst many others.
Always one to follow her heart and her beliefs, Janis was one of the first celebrities to come out publicly. She and her partner were married in Canada in 2003, the only place where same-sex marriage was legal at the time (2016 marks their 27th year together).
The 15 albums span Janis’ Columbia Records tenure from 1974-81, and her career thereafter until 2006. They are the first releases in what will be an extensive reissue series, including physical expanded editions of some of Janis’ best-loved albums on both CD and vinyl, as well as new collections, due for release in early 2017. These releases will be overseen by Grammy-award winning musician/producer, Steve Berkowitz. The originality and quality of Janis Ian’s songwriting and pristine vocal characterize these albums; she is an exceptional storyteller and songs such as ‘Jesse’, ‘Ride Me Like A Wave, ‘I Hear You Sing Again’, ‘Fly Too High’, ‘Take Me Walking In the Rain’ and ‘At Seventeen’ are perfect examples of her musical prowess.
Janis Ian has come a long way since first performing publicly in Greenwich Village at the age of 13. Today she resides in Nashville, Tennessee, her home since 1988, where she thrives with new product on her own Rude Girl Records label, ongoing touring, and perpetual and prolific songwriting.
Phil Savill, MD, Sony Music Commercial Group says, “We are delighted to be representing 15 titles from Janis’ incredible catalogue. Janis is a rare talent, whose stellar songwriting has afforded her a deservedly long and successful career, which continues to this day. Her live performances are as truthful and mesmerising as they ever have been. We are thrilled to welcome Janis back into the Sony Music family and feel honoured at the UK Legacy Division to be working with her rich musical heritage.”
Janis herself comments, “When I began recording in the 60s, at the age of fourteen, record companies still offered a “home” to the artists they signed. Elektra was home to Phil Ochs. Vanguard was home to Joan Baez. And Columbia was home to many of the artists I admired most – Bob Dylan, Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash. So when I was signed by them in the early 70s, it was already a “coming home” of sorts. I stayed there for a decade, then struck out on my own as an independent artist, with no hard feelings on either side. Some thirty- plus years later, I’m thrilled to bring the work I did then, and the work I’ve done since, back home. Although the company is now called Sony Music, I still have that same feeling I had at fourteen, looking at the backs of album covers and dreaming of a day when I could be part of that roster, too.”
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Janis Ian Albums included under Sony Music UK Auspices
Between The Lines (1975)
Miracle Row (1977)
Janis Ian II (1978)
Remember – Live In Japan & Australia (1978)
Night Rains (1979)
Restless Eyes (1981)
Uncle Wonderful (1983)
Janis Ian Live: Working Without A Net (2003)
Billie’s Bones (2004)
Folk Is The New Black (2006)
All albums credited to Rude Girl Records, under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment.