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With Michael Posner at "A Casual Interview with Anne Murray"
(Anne Murray Centre Fan Fair Day)
Summer 2008, as always, took Anne back to her beloved Nova Scotia, Canada, where she
annually recharges her energy enjoying family, friends and more than a few golf games by
the ocean. This season is also a great time for Anne to provide personalized support to
some of her favourite non-profit organizations. On that list are the Anne Murray Centre
and the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre, both in Springhill, Nova Scotia.
On August 3, a limited number of Anne Murray fans were lucky enough to purchase tickets
for a unique fundraiser, "A Casual Interview with Anne Murray," during Fan Fair Day held
in support of both Centres. Known for his direct questions and in-depth interviews,
prominent author and journalist Michael Posner conducted an exclusive "conversation"
with Anne (equally noted for her open and frank answers) for a private audience at a
"It was modeled on an episode of Inside the Actor's Studio, but it was
completely and utterly candid. There was no 'press' in the room; I had a feeling
of such freedom! It was great."
- Anne Murray
A mentor to Canadian Idol's Top 4
Never one to stay idle for long – and to the absolute delight of Anne's fans
both young and old – our legendary songstress was a guest mentor and performer on
Canadian Idol's Top 4 (CTV, August 25 and 26, 2008).
"The school teacher came out in me," Anne says, referring to her earlier life as a
high school teacher in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, in 1966. "Honestly, I spent a
lot of time watching the contestants' performances on previous shows and worked hard
to prepare for my role as mentor."
"I took three years of voice lessons before I began my 40-year singing career,
so I had specific things to share with each of the kids…who were really cute,
by the way. Sometimes they listened; sometimes not."
- Anne Murray
Anne's passion for music and helping others continues…
The fall season signaled the release of the Anne Murray's Christmas Album in the U.S.
(September 2008) and Canada (plus the bonus Anne Murray: friends & legends TV special
on DVD for Canadian fans; October 2008); and the Elvis Presley Christmas Duets
(November 2008). While responding to all of the media activity related to these
events, Anne also enjoyed her version of "downtime" in Florida, fitting in golf
Proving Anne's passion for action, Colon Cancer Canada was "thrilled to welcome
Anne Murray" as the latest celebrity to lend her support to the worthy
Photo: Hudson Taylor Photography
Anne with Senator Pamela Wallin (left) and Bunnie Schwartz,
President of Colon Cancer Canada at the Gala of Hope
"My decision to lend my support was based on the fact that colon cancer is the number
two killer in Canada (second to lung cancer); the number one preventable cancer with
early detection; and the least talked about. My good friend and manager for 25 years, Leonard Rambeau,
sucumbed to the disease, and my grandmother was a colon cancer survivor."
"I've had four colonoscopies and there is nothing to it. I encourage people to get tested."
- Anne Murray
Anne is featured in public service announcements for colon cancer that will be aired in
2009. She will also be hosting and playing in the Anne Murray's Charity Golf Classic in
support of Colon Cancer Canada, in May 2009.