Famed singer-songwriter Janis Ian’s audiobook recording of Prof. Miriam Therese Winter’s 1999 memoir, The Singer and the Song, has been nominated for a Voice Arts Award by the Society Of Voice Arts And Sciences. In addition to narrating the text of the book, Ian sings a number of Prof. Winter’s songs on the recording.
The recording is one of two nominees in the category of “Outstanding Audio Book Narration – Biography.” Also nominated is Joe Cipriano for Living on Air.
In 2013, Ian won a “Best Spoken Word” Grammy for the audiobook of her own autobiography, Society’s Child.
Ian’s recording of The Singer and the Song has already been honored as an editor’s pick by AudioFile and received an Earphones Award.
AudioFile wrote: “Singer-songwriter Janis Ian delivers both story and song in award-winning musician Miriam Therese Winter’s memoir. Each chapter moves from Winter’s personal experience to the spiritual lesson she learned from it, each of which is eventually expressed in her music. Ian renders Winter’s story in a lilting and engaging tone. As Winter describes working with refugees in Cambodia and starving children in Ethiopia, Ian helps listeners feel everything she felt. While the author’s impact on the poor is clear, it’s her music that helped many more determine their own life pathways. Ian uses her crystalline vocal talents and evocative guitar playing to take this engaging story to a level rarely experienced through audio.”