What an Anniversary!
50 years since her first album, 40 years since her first Grammy.
$80,500 from Pearl this year!
$80,500. That's how much we just sent to our four current scholarship funds. $909,000. That's how much money the Pearl Foundation has now given to fund our five ongoing scholarships for returning students.
Patience & Sarah wins prestigious Earphones Award!
Patience & Sarah has won a prestigious Earphones Award from AudioFile. Here's some of what they had to say: "Janis Ian and Jean Smart bring exquisite joy, vulnerability, and honesty to their narration of Isabel Miller's 1969 historical fiction novel about the love between a poor farmer's daughter, Sarah, and a folk painter, Patience, in nineteenth-century New England."
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We are thrilled to announce that Janis and Jean Smart have been nominated for a GRAMMY Award in "Best Spoken Word" for the audiobook Patience & Sarah! A meticulously researched historical novel, originally self-published by the author, Isabel Miller, in 1969, this classic of GLBT literature garnered so much attention that the American Library Association created its first Stonewall Award specifically for it in 1971. Narrated by Janis and Emmy Award-winning actress Jean Smart, each performs as one of the characters in this dual point-of-view love story about two young women whose romantic bond does not sit well with the puritanical New England farming community in which they live. Their narration brings new life into this beautiful and inspiring novel that is just as relevant today as it was decades ago.
"I came across Patience and Sarah while in 1972, and it opened a world to me," said Ian. "It was the first time I’d read a love story starring two women that had a happy ending. And it was beautifully written! The story isn’t just about a gay couple – it’s about any couple who fall in love and have to defend their choice. It’s about women’s rights, religion, the works. It’s Romeo and Juliet without the death scene. The timing is right, politically and socially, for this gorgeous book to make its way back into the limelight."
Directed by Stefan Rudnicki, who also directed Janis’ Grammy-winning autobiography Society’s Child, the creation of this audio book was truly a labor of love on everyone’s part. The entire project was initially funded by Janis and her wife; everyone worked for lower than their normal fees because of it.
Said Ms. Smart, "The book is well written; charming, erotic and sweet. I wish more Hollywood writers and directors would read this, and see that it’s possible to be erotic without ‘showing all’!!"
In addition to being an inspiring love story, the audiobook for Patience and Sarah is an ideal listen for young adult audiences. It is a story that shows how irrelevant race, religion, and gender are to love, and that loving, and being loved, are what keep us human and sane.
Read an article about Patience and Sarah in the Boston Globe.
Patience & Sara is ON SALE right now in the Shopping Mall.
Janis was featured, both as a singer/songwriter and an actress, in the final episode of HBO's Getting On, which began its last season on HBO November 8th. The series, which stars Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, and Niecy Nash, featured Janis in episode eight, which aired on December 13th. Other actors appearing in that episode are Rita Moreno and Harry Dean Stanton.
If you haven't watched the show before, you can watch episode eight (featuring Janis) and catch up with all episodes on HBO GO, and see loads of trailers on line for all three seasons.
Says Janis: "I spent almost two weeks filming and on set with the actors and crew, and had more fun than I've had in years. This is the only time I've been on a set as an actress, and it was completely different. Everyone was incredibly helpful and kind, and I hope I did my years with Stella Adler proud!
"To have the opportunity to work with a true legend, Rita Moreno, let alone hear her singing portions of 'At Seventeen', was more than I would have dreamed possible. To actually be in an episode of a series I admired so much already, to be on set for weeks instead of appearing for two hours to sing a song and then leave... I can't begin to describe what a joy this whole process was.
"I didn't really understand what it meant for the series to end until the night after our first rehearsal day, when Laurie and Alex and I were sitting around a picnic table talking about it. In my world, you know when a tour will end, when an album will be done, when you'll be saying goodbye to everyone. And it's usually well under a year for a project - so I had no understanding of what it meant, after three years together, for the cast and crew to say 'goodbye'.
"It moved me so much that I began scribbling notes for a song on the back of my script. I scribbled during breaks for the next three days, then sang it for Laurie and Alex. With their blessing, I presented the song to the writers, Will Scheffer and Mark Olsen, and the producer, Chrisann Verges. Although it was too late to use in the series, I went ahead and recorded it as a thank you, and a tribute, to the wonderful people I met and worked with there."
Janis' new original song, "Getting On," is available right now to download in the Shopping Mall.
You can listen to "Getting On" in its entirety for free via a stream at SoundCloud.
Download the free sheet music.
Visit the HBO GO website.
Visit the Getting On home page.