Anne Murray - Biography


2007 - Anne Murray Stamp and other special honours

Anne Murray Stamp


As always, while working on the album's production and launch, Anne continued to juggle a busy schedule of appearances and media interviews. One of the highlights came on June 29, 2007, when Canada Post issued the limited edition Anne Murray Stamp. She was recognized along with three other iconic Canadian recording artists: Paul Anka, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell. Canada Post explains, "These four stars established themselves on the world stage in an era when the Canadian music industry struggled to compete with its American counterpart, and paved the way for the opportunity – and phenomenal success – experienced by our stars of today."

"You can't imagine how extremely honoured I feel to be recognized by my own country in this extraordinary way!" says Anne. "It's a tribute to my contributions to Canada's music industry that I would never have dreamed possible when I began my career 40 years ago."



Three other special moments of 2007 included:

Chatelaine magazine featuring Anne and Dawn in the May 2007 Mother's Day edition


Hello Canada magazine featuring Anne at home with son Will and daughter Dawn


Golf For Women magazine naming Anne the top female golfer in the entertainment industry for 2007. The magazine estimated that Anne plays off a handicap of 11 - placing her one stroke ahead of actress Tea Leoni. Singer Celine Dion, was ranked third while Janet Jones-Gretzky - the wife of Wayne Gretzky - was listed as sixth. Other women appearing in the top-25 included Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ivanka Trump, Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz, Kathy Ireland, Heather Locklear and Sharon Stone.

"I've won four Grammy Awards, 24 Juno Awards, been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, awarded the Companion of the Order of Canada, received the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Legacy Award and have my name and face on a Canadian stamp because of my singing…and the entertainment media get most excited about me being named top female celebrity golfer!" Anne laughs good naturedly as she also recalls her other golfing claim-to-fame: a hole-in-one at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York in 2003. "I really was playing some pretty good golf, so I'd better find more time to play if I'm going to keep up my reputation!"

 

Anne joins the David Suzuki's Nature Challenge


Environmental awareness is another area for which Anne is passionate. As a supporter of renowned Canadian environmentalist and geneticist Dr. David Suzuki's Nature Challenge, Anne has converted her home heating system to Bull Frog Power. (Bullfrog sources power exclusively from generators who meet or exceed the federal government's Environmental Choice Program EcoLogoM standard for renewable electricity. Their power comes from clean, emission-free sources like wind power and low-impact water power instead of carbon-intensive sources like coal and oil. For more information visit www.bullfrogpower.com.)

"My father was a great one for turning off lights and keeping the thermostat low, so it was deeply ingrained in me long ago," Anne explains. "Then, in 1977 when Will was a baby, we were walking down a city street in Japan when someone in our group dropped a paper matchstick on the sidewalk. A Japanese gentleman picked it up, handed it back to that person, and bowed. He was politely saying, 'Please do not litter this beautiful country of ours.' That moment has stayed with me."

Doing your part by watching what you drive, how you heat your home and how you dispose of your garbage – and avoid creating any in the first place – has an impact on preserving our world for future generations. And that just makes sense to me."

- Anne Murray

Anne has continued to do her part for others, as well, by using her celebrity status to help raise funds for charities close to her heart. Close on the heels of the successful launch of her DUETS album, Anne performed with duet partner Nelly Furtado at the prestigious 6th Annual "It's Always Something" fundraiser for Gilda's Club of Greater Toronto – a free support community for anyone touched by cancer. "I get such a good feeling from doing a concert like that one," Anne says. "It's simple for me to do and it's such a worthy cause."