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Anne Murray - Biography

37th Annual Juno Awards

Photo: Spring Roy

With Sarah Brightman (left) and Jann Arden at the Junos

During a brief break between the U.S. and Canada tours, Anne was invited to perform in Canada's 37th Annual Juno Awards in Calgary, Alberta, on April 6, 2008. She was joined by Jann Arden and Sarah Brightman for duet performances from the Anne Murray DUETS: friends & legends album.

"Working with Jann and Sarah was great! Both those ladies always do a superb job, and this year's Juno Awards host, Russell Peters, was lots of fun!"

- Anne Murray

As an added honour, the album received Juno nominations in the categories for:

Best Album of the Year - up against releases by Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion, Feist and Michael Bublé; and

Pop Album of the Year - in competition with Street Gospels, Bedouin Soundsclash; Taking Chances, Celine Dion; The Reminder, Feist; and Call Me Irresponsible, Michael Bublé.

On May 23, Anne closed the Toronto show with a satisfied grin, a friendly wave, one last time. It was her final of 56 performances throughout the U.S. and Canada over four months.

"I've learned recently to never say never. I won't say I'll never work again, but right now, I believe that my touring days are behind me."

- Anne Murray

'Elvis really liked Anne Murray.' – Priscilla Presley

In June 2008, just a few weeks after the U.S. and Canada tours, Anne accepted an invitation from Priscilla Presley to record Silver Bells for the Elvis Presley Christmas Duets CD in Nashville, Tennessee. Released in November 2008, it features Elvis's most cherished Christmas songs, with Anne, Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Wynonna Judd, Sara Evans, Amy Grant, Gretchen Wilson, Karen Fairchild & Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town, and Olivia Newton-John.

"Elvis really liked Anne Murray", says Priscilla, when explaining why each songstress was chose for the honour.

"I recorded Silver Bells on my very first Christmas album (Christmas Wishes, 1981) because it is one of my all-time favourites. So it was a real thrill for me to be able to sing Silver Bells on an album with Elvis."

- Anne Murray

Anne Murray's Christmas Album 2008

Already in the Christmas spirit, Anne began work on another special project in June: Anne Murray's Christmas Album. Released in the U.S. on September 30, 2008 and in Canada (with the bonus DVD of the CBC-TV special, Anne Murray: friends & legends) on October 7, the 15-track CD features four new recordings.

"It was fun doing the four new tracks, especially the one with Michael Bublé," says Anne. "It was a special treat watching my kids (Will and Dawn Langstroth), do the background vocals for the songs."

    New Tracks:
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside, a new duet with Michael Bublé
  • Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • Blue Christmas

  • Plus a bonus track:
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, a previously unreleased duet with Diana Krall from a Christmas television special recorded live at the Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2001.

The month of June continued at a break-neck speed, as Anne flew to New York City to be honoured with the prestigious Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF). Named after one of the SHOF's distinguished founders, the award recognizes performers who have had a substantial number of hit songs for an extended period of time.

Previous Hitmaker Award recipients include Clive Davis, Garth Brooks, Chuck Berry, Whitney Houston, Michael Bolton, Gloria Estefan and Diana Ross. In Anne Murray's career to date, she has sold more than 54 million albums and notched more than 20 No. 1 hits, including her signature songs: Snowbird, You Needed Me, I Just Fall in Love Again, Could I Have This Dance, A Little Good News and Just Another Woman in Love. (For all Anne Murray's album covers, check out Discography  on this Website.)