Current 55th GRAMMY-nominee and folk singer/songwriter Janis Ian recently visited The Recording Academy's Nashville Chapter and participated in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Ian discussed the Nashville music scene, performing on the first episode of "Saturday Night Live," the evolution of the music industry, and her GRAMMY-winning song, "At Seventeen," among other topics.
"'At Seventeen' bought me enough money that I got to take five years off and get my feet back on the ground," said Ian. "I feel bad for artists who never get that opportunity because it is a whole other world once you stop being 'Janis Ian' and become 'Janis'."
Ian recorded her self-titled debut at age 15. Released in 1967, Janis Ian featured the No. 14 hit "Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking)" and peaked at No. 29. Ian followed with 1971's Present Company, 1974's Stars and 1975's Between The Lines, which topped the Billboard 200. "At Seventeen," Ian's Top 5 single from Between The Lines, garnered a GRAMMY for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female. In 2008 the track was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, marking Ian's second appearance in the Hall, following "Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking)," which was inducted in 2002.
In 2008 Ian released Society's Child: An Autobiography, chronicling her career in and out of music. An audiobook edition was released in 2012 and garnered a 55th GRAMMY nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. Ian is currently on a U.S. tour with dates scheduled through August.