Audible Studios’ Production of Janis Ian’s Society’s Child Nominated for a
Grammy Award® for Best Spoken Word Album
Two-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Janis Ian gives voice to her
unforgettable story and performs her extraordinary songs in this landmark
NEWARK, N.J. -- December 11, 2012
Audible Studios, the production arm of Audible.com, the world’s leading
provider of digital spoken-word entertainment, is celebrating Janis Ian’s
tenth Grammy nomination, for her bravura audio performance of her acclaimed
2008 memoir, Society’s Child: My Autobiography. Three years in the making and
recorded entirely live, the audiobook features Ian’s intimate narration
accompanied by her beloved music; Ian performs every song she references in
telling her story. Grammy winners will be announced by the National Academy
of Recording Arts and Sciences at the 55^th Annual Grammy Awards on February
10, 2013, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“It’s one thing to read a book, and see it in your imagination,” said Ian.
“Being able to add my own voice, tell my own story, sing my own songs, changes
the dimension completely. Or at least that’s what my fans tell me.” Speaking
of her nomination for Best Spoken Word Album, she said, “I’m up againstFirst
Lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Rachel Maddow and Ellen
DeGeneres. I’m sure they’re all trying to figure out how the heck I got in
there…but I’m also pretty sure none of them sang their way through their
In addition to her previous Grammy nominations and awards, Ian has been
inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame on two separate occasions. Ian was
recently selected by Bette Midler as Midler’s first songwriting partner, and
is currently on a seven-month U.S. tour.
“Janis’s captivating performance is an outstanding achievement, and it is a
stellar example of the quality of artistic output that is popularizing the
Audible listening experience,” said Audible.com founder and CEO Donald Katz.
“We look forward to continuing to cultivate the art of performing literature
and bringing more great listening experiences, like Janis’s audiobook, to our
Earlier this year, Audible Studios secured a record 37 nominations for the
2012 Audie Awards, which honor outstanding audiobooks and other spoken-word
performances, and took home six awards in 17 applicable categories. Audible
Studios garnered a Grammy nomination in the Best Spoken Word Album category in
2010 for The Woody Allen Collection.
With Audible Studios, Audible.com has become the largest producer of
audiobooks in the world.
Audible, which invented and commercialized the first digital audio player in
1997, has been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download
segment. In 2011, downloads by Audible members increased by more than 40% over
2010, with individual members downloading an average of more than 18 books
over the course of a year. More than half of current Audible members are
first-time audiobook buyers.
ABOUT AUDIBLE, INC.
Audible, Inc., an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), is the leading
provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the
Internet, offering customers a new way to enhance and enrich their lives every
day. Audible’s mission is to establish literate listening as a core tool for
anyone seeking to be more productive, better informed, or more thoughtfully
entertained. Audible content comprises more than 100,000 audio programs from
more than 1,800 content providers, including leading audiobook publishers,
broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business
information providers. Audible is also the preeminent provider of spoken-word
audio products for Apple’s iTunes® Store.
Matthew Thornton, 973-820-0402
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