Grammy-Winning Icon/Singer/Songwriter Janis Ian Releases the Hopeful Collaborative Song “Better Times Will Come” from “The Light at the End of the Line,” Out January 21

Today, legendary singer/songwriter Janis Ian releases “Better Times Will Come,”  the latest track from her upcoming release The Light at the End of the Line, out January 21, 2022. The song features an eclectic group of vocalists and musicians including Vince Gill, Diane Schuur, Viktor Krauss and more.  Listen to “Better Times Will Come” HERE and pre-order The Light at the End of the Line HERE.

The “Better Times Will Come” album version evolved from the “Better Times Project” which Ian explains in in detail below:

“Two days after John Prine died, I was doing laundry and found myself singing ‘Better times. Better times will come.’ Pretty soon the rest of the chorus came, then the verses, and then I sang it into my phone and put it online. That started the ‘Better Times Project’ into which artists of all sorts joined, until I had close to 200 different versions in everything from Mandarin Chinese to Dutch sign language, drawing books, and collages. I put up a new version every day for months, and people in lock-down, facing despair, wrote to say it helped them to face each new day.”

“When I recorded it for this album, I called Viktor Krauss, my favorite bass player, and asked him to co-produce something that would show the the times we’ve been living through. We both went through our mental Rolodexes, enlisting friends like Diane Schuur and Vince Gill, Jim Hoke and John Cowan. For me, this piece illustrates the arc of fear, isolation, hope, relief, and then return to fear we keep going through as we deal with this scourge. And it’s a tribute to all the artists who continue to do our work, offering audiences an escape and a bit of joy.”

The Light at the End of the Line is Ian’s last solo studio album, capping an extraordinary career that began in 1967 with her self-titled debut.  Ian is also planning her final run of the US, the Celebrating Our Years Together tour, with dates starting in February and running through November 2022. Dates are selling quickly with sold out shows in Los Angeles, Virginia and other markets.  Dates are listed below and will continue to be updated; for tickets go to

Janis Ian began her iconic career at age 14 when she wrote her socially and politically impactful song “Society’s Child” about an interracial romance between teenagers.  Her honest songwriting has translated into timeless, culturally significant tracks including “At Seventeen,” “Jesse” and “Stars,” the latter which was covered by Nina Simone, Cher, Mel Tormé and a host of other artists who felt the song spoke to their own lives. She has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards and won two: one in 1976 for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female (“At Seventeen”) and one in 2013 for Best Spoken Word Recording (Society’s Child: My Autobiography).


February 24 – Santa Fe, NM – Jean Cocteau Theatre

February 25 – Santa Fe, NM – Jean Cocteau Theatre

February 26 – Santa Fe, NM – Jean Cocteau Theatre

February 27 – Santa Fe, NM – Jean Cocteau Theatre

March 3 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater

March 4 – Phoenix, AZ – Musical Instrument Museum (SOLD OUT)

March 6 – El Cajon, CA – The Magnolia

March 11 – Santa Monica, CA – McCabe’s Guitar Shop (SOLD OUT)

March 12 – Santa Monica, CA – McCabe’s Guitar Shop (SOLD OUT)

March 13 – Santa Monica, CA – McCabe’s Guitar Shop (SOLD OUT)

March 16 – Fresno, CA – The Painted Table Events Center

March 18 – Saratoga, CA – Montalvo Arts Center

March 20 – Berkeley, CA – Freight & Salvage (SOLD OUT)

March 27 – Morgantown, WV – Mountain Stage

March 31 – Clearwater, FL – Bilheimer Capitol Theatre

April 2 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – The Parker*

April 3 – Stuart, FL – The Lyric Theatre

April 6 – Jacksonville, FL – WJCT Soundstage

April 14 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Caffe Lena

April 15 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Caffe Lena

April 16 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Caffe Lena

April 18 – Saratoga Springs, NY – Caffe Lena

April 21 – Old Saybrook, CT – The Kate

April 23 – Lynn, MA – Lynn Auditorium*

April 24 – Turners Falls, MA – Shea Theater Arts Center

April 27 – Harrisburg, PA – The Whitaker Center*

April 29 – Richmond, VA – Tin Pan (SOLD OUT)

April 30 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere

May 1 – Newton, NJ – The Newton Theater

May 5 – Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium*

May 6 – Ocean City, NJ – Ocean City Music Pier*

May 7 – New York, NY – Concert Hall Society for Ethical Culture*

May 8 – Riverhead, NY – Suffolk Theatre

May 11 – Akron, OH – Goodyear Theatre**

May 13 – Stoughton, WI – Stoughton Opera House

May 14 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music

May 15 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music

May 18 – Columbus, OH  – Southern Theater**

May 19 – Cincinnati, OH – Memorial Hall**

May 22 – Iowa City, IA – The Englert Theatre

May 25 – St. Louis, MO – The Sheldon***

May 27 – Nashville, TN – CMA Theater***

June 25-July 30 – Swannanoa, NC @ The Swannanoa Gathering

September 28 – Portland, OR – The Old Church

September 29 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door

September 30 – Seattle, WA – The Triple Door

October 7 – Sidney, BC – Mary Winspear Centre

October 8 – Sidney, BC – Mary Winspear Centre

October 28 – Brownfield, ME – Stone Mountain Arts Center

October 29 – Rockland, ME – Strand Theatre

November 6 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity Music Hall

November 11 – Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater

November 12 – Ridgefield, CT – Ridgefield Playhouse

November 16 – State College, PA – The State Theatre

*with special guests Livingston Taylor and Tom Chapin

**with special guest Tom Rush

***with special guest Livingston Taylor

For more information about Janis Ian please contact Karen Wiessen at All Eyes Media (917) 627-9363