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Anne Murray - Biography

2009 - 2010 - All of Me: Anne tells her life's story

After being on tour for most of her adult life, Anne knew that 2009 was the right time to "stop and reflect". In typical Anne style, she and journalist, author and writing partner Michael Posner immersed themselves in researching and writing All of Me, the story of Anne Murray's extraordinary 40-year career.

The result is an unflinching self-portrait, revealing personal triumphs and admitted shortcomings. (Knopf Canada, a division of Random House in Canada, published the hardcover print version in October 2009, the paperback book version in October 2010. The unabridged audiobook on CD and digital download were released in November 2010.)

"It's not a 'tell-all' book. It's a true story about the life I've lived, and I am now ready and happy to share it," Anne says. "Some of my personal memories are painfully emotional and, to be honest, I wish I didn't have to remember them. But I've also had a lot of fun in my life, so people tell me that it's a fun read!"

Anne's autobiography, 'All of Me'
released on October 27, 2009

In fact, within two weeks of the October 27, 2009 book launch, All of Me made the Canadian Nonfiction Bestsellers list and remained in the top 10 for eight weeks. Here are some noteworthy book reviews:

"It is warm, straightforward and candid, and Posner has wisely dimmed his own stylistic light in order to let her voice come through. And it does, sometimes with low-key, self-deprecating humour and surprising honesty, and always with a lack of pretentiousness."
- The Globe and Mail

"In keeping with Murray's down-to-earth honesty, the [book]...provides a balanced account of her life that covers both career highs (her 54 million records sold and dozens of awards) and personal lows (the dissolution of her marriage and her daughter's struggle with anorexia)."
- Calgary Sun

"Anne Murray's new memoir blows the lid off her image as the fresh-faced all-Canadian singing sensation.... A fast-paced and revealing autobiography."
- Winnipeg Free Press

"Murray is the queen of Nova Scotia...The notoriously private singer finally open[s] up about her astounding life in All of Me."
- The Salt Lake Tribune

To research her own past, Anne went through a massive amount of archival material and her mother Marion Murray's 35+ scrapbooks of press clippings and photos. She also had a great time reconnecting with musicians and other colleagues. One of her favourite visits was with Jerry Seinfeld while he was in Toronto in April 2009.

"Jerry was an opening act for my show in Las Vegas, Reno and other venues, for three or four years in the early '80s," Anne explains. "I wanted his take on those years because he was very much a part of our road family life. He was hilarious, so I taped his shows and played them at home for Will and Dawn. As little kids, they had all of Jerry's routines memorized!"

In late August 2009, Anne returned to Toronto from her summer retreat in Nova Scotia, primed to promote her autobiography, All of Me. Book promos and launch kicked into high gear, including a photo shoot with famed Canadian singer/songwriter and talented photographer, Bryan Adams. Timed perfectly with the book release, Anne's photo was featured on the front cover of the popular Zoomer magazine's November issue. "It was fun because I know Bryan, and he knows exactly what he wants," Anne says. "He's great to work with: a real professional who gets the job done."

Book Tour signing

Anne recording All of Me audiobook

Anne and her mini entourage of three embarked on the 3 ½-week, 15-Canadian-city, plus Nashville, book-signing tour in October and November. The tour also included a special In Conversation interview with Michael Posner at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto.

All the book publishing people warned me that the tour would be brutal – but they obviously don't know what a real tour is!" Anne laughs. "This one was so easy because I didn't have to perform, so I could focus on the fun of talking to people right across the country.

Something that wasn't as easy to do as she expected was narrating All of Me for the audio CD and on-line book versions. "Reading my book aloud proved to be much more of a challenge than I had anticipated," Anne says. "I found that after reading for three hours, I became bleary-eyed and tongue-tied! However, I was determined to do the full book, not just an edited version of it. So, eight days, 24 hours of reading and nine discs later, it was done."

The audio package includes a special bonus of never-before-released live concert recordings, plus stories not found in the printed version.

"I have a 'To-Do' list before I complete my professional life, and this book was a big part of it," Anne says, with a sigh of relief.