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Anne Murray - Biography

Great Fan Fair Back Home

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 champagne reception.

"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 whenever possible.

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 organization.

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.