Anne's Music Inspires Millions
Anne with Bruce Allen (left) and Bryan Adams
Showing no signs of slowing down, Anne signed on in 1996 with a new manager - legendary Bruce Allen,
who also manages the careers of Bryan Adams and Martina McBride. She recorded her first live album in
1997 and, in 1999, she released What a Wonderful World, an inspirational album. This 26-song collection
combines ageless hymns with tunes from the pop music world that have lifted the hearts of millions.
Included on the album is the debut single Let There Be Love, which Anne recorded with her daughter,
Anne with daughter, Dawn Langstroth
What a Wonderful World
The album What a Wonderful World, has been an outstanding success, going platinum in both
Canada and the United States. However, it is also remarkable for the impact that it has had on people's
lives. Anne's fans remain inspired by the moving songs of this album. The television special, What a
Wonderful World (available on video and DVD) was first aired in early 2000, and continues to be televised
throughout North America. A special gift book, Anne Murray - What a Wonderful World, combines the stirring lyrics from the
album with beautiful and inspirational colour photographs of Anne's home province of Nova Scotia. (A companion CD of 12 songs,
selected from Anne's What a Wonderful World album is included with the book.) Also published is an
album-matching songbook, with sheet music for all the songs on the inspirational album.
"...although I've been making music and receiving fan mail for more than 30 years, nothing could
have prepared me for the letters, e-mails and faxes I received after the release of this album. Some
people found themselves emotionally overwhelmed by certain lyrics; other people spoke of tunes that
unleashed an unexpected flood of childhood memories. Many, many people wrote to tell me that these
songs and these sentiments were continuing to help them through troubled times in their own lives.
And their letters continue to be an inspiration to me."
- Anne Murray about What a Wonderful World
Anne on the set of What a
In October 2001, Anne released a new Christmas album, entitled What a Wonderful
Christmas, which has reached gold status in Canada. The double CD and cassette
includes new recordings, a children's medley and previously released material.
The album has been released internationally in Australia, Belgium, Colombia, Germany,
Holland, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia and Singapore. The television
special, Anne Murray – What a Wonderful Christmas, with guest stars Diana Krall and
Leahy, was first broadcast by CBC in December 2001.
In late 2001, Anne re-released her award-winning children's album There's a hippo in my tub, adding
three popular new tracks - Sing High, Sing Low, I Can See Clearly Now and What A Wonderful World.
Country Croonin', 2002
The year 2002 was a busy one for Anne. She recorded and released her 32nd studio album, Country
Croonin', which Anne describes as "the best thing I've ever done." This album of "30 Timeless
Country Classics" is Anne's tribute to the great country songs and artists of the late 1940s to
the early 1980s. In the fall of 2002, Anne was presented with a platinum award for Country Croonin'
sales in Canada.
Fans throughout North America continued to flock to Anne's shows in 2002. Backed by
her band and symphony musicians, Anne gave almost 80 performances during the year,
including a week of shows at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas, November 2002
Anne with Ron MacLean
RSVP, February 2003
In February 2003, Anne's fans were treated to a first in Canada - Anne starred in a
televised live request concert. The show Anne Murray RSVP gave audiences across the
country a chance to request songs for Anne to perform. This two-hour CBC television
special showcased fans' favourites from the 33 albums that span Anne's 35-year career.
Hosted by one of Anne's biggest fans, CBC sportscaster Ron MacLean, this live show was
watched by viewers throughout Canada and the northern United States.
Anne has always enjoyed going out on the road to bring her music to fans. Anyone
who has seen Anne Murray in concert knows that she makes a special connection with her audience.
"I think that, when you leave a performance, you should feel that you know the performer
a little better."
- Anne Murray
Just one more reason why Anne continues to delight and bring joy to her fans - both old and new alike.