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JPR Live Session: Janis Ian

After hit song "At Seventeen," singer-songwriter Janis Ian stepped away from her musical success for over 10 years, which is why Ann Powers thinks she's a bit forgotten.

"It's not a contest. The only contest is with yourself." Folk singer Janis Ian reminisces on her six decades in music and her final studio album The Light at the End of the Line.

After nearly 60 years in the music business (artist, songwriter, publisher, label owner, foundation creator), Janis Ian says she's ready for a week off.

The multiple Grammy award-winner feels like her new album is her best. The collection of songs allowed her to say some things that she hadn't been able to full express before, and showcases many of her old friends like Vince Gill and Diane Schuur.

She spoke at length with JPR's Eric Teel about how life changed after her early radio hit "At Seventeen," and how her perspective on success has changed over the ensuing decades.

She also treated us to a few tunes from her goodbye album.

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.