Her hit single, "Society's Child" about interracial romance forbidden by her mother and frowned upon by her peers and teachers made Janis Ian a star at the age of 15. A year later the song was nominated for a Grammy Award.
In the 70's Ian's career continued as she released three albums in a row that were met with critical acclaim. The release of her second most popular single, "At Seventeen" provoked five Grammy nominations, including two Grammy Awards.
Ella Fitzgerald called her "the best young singer in America." Reviewers have called her live performances "overwhelming to the spirit and soul," and "drenched with such passion, the audience feels they've been swept up in a hurricane."