Murray, Anne

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Murray, Anne

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  • Anne Murray

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1945-

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Anne Murray is a Canadian pop and country singer. She has had an extensive career, with multiple Canadian and international awards, over 30 studio albums, and many chart topping hits.

Murray was born in 1945 in the small coalmining town of Springhill, NS. She was the only daughter of Dr. James Carson Murray and Marion Margaret (née Burke) Murray, and had five brothers. Growing up, the whole family enjoyed singing, and Anne learnt piano and took singing lessons. Murray attended the University of New Brunswick and taught physical education at a high school in Prince Edward Island after graduation.

While still attending University, Murray auditioned for CBC’s musical variety show Singalong Jubilee. She was not awarded a contract then, but instead was called back the next year. She left teaching after only one year and began her musical career. In 1968 she moved to Toronto and recorded her first album “What About Me”. From there she continued to gain momentum in the music industry. Her first career milestone was the hit single ‘Snowbird’ from her second album “This is My Way”, which reached #1 on the Canadian pop charts and #8 on Billboard’s US Adult Contemporary charts. The single’s popularity also caused Murray to be the first Canadian ever to be awarded a gold record in the United States.

Her career has opened space for many Canadian divas to follow. Her albums have continued to dominate the charts and she has spent much of her career on the road touring. She had been awarded four Grammys, 24 Juno Awards, the Governor General's Performing Arts Award, and made a Companion of the Order of Canada. She has had two children, William (born 1976) and Dawn (born 1979) with Bill Langstroth (married 1975-1998).

Discography (Studio albums):
What About Me (1968)
This Way Is My Way (1969)
Honey, Wheat and Laughter (1970)
Straight, Clean and Simple (1971)
Anne Murray / Glen Campbell (1971) (with Glen Campbell)
Talk It Over in the Morning (1971)
Annie (1972)
Danny's Song (1973)
Love Song (1974)
Highly Prized Possession (1974)
Together (1975)
Keeping in Touch (1976)
There's a Hippo in My Tub (1977)
Let's Keep It That Way (1978)
New Kind of Feeling (1979)
I'll Always Love You (1979)
Somebody's Waiting (1980)
Where Do You Go When You Dream (1981)
The Hottest Night of the Year (1982)
A Little Good News (1983)
Heart over Mind (1984)
Something to Talk About (1986)
Harmony (1987)
As I Am (1988)
You Will (1990)
Yes I Do (1991)
Croonin' (1993)
Anne Murray (1996)
What a Wonderful World (1999)
Country Croonin' (2002)
I'll Be Seeing You (2004)
Duets: Friends & Legends (2007)

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Created August 26, 2019

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Sources

Canadian Country Music Association. “Anne Murray.” Hall of Fame Inductees. Accessed August 23, 2019. https://www.ccma.org/cgi/page.cgi/hall_of_fame_inductees.html?log=view&log_id=33

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame. “Anne Murray.” Inductee. Accessed August 23, 2019. http://canadianmusichalloffame.ca/inductee/anne-murray/

Canadian Song Writers Hall of Fame. “Anne Murray.” Inductees. Accessed August 23, 2019. https://www.cshf.ca/songwriter/anne-murray/

Canadas Walk of Fame. “Anne Murray.” Arts & Entertainment. Accessed August 23, 2019. https://www.canadaswalkoffame.com/inductee/anne-murray

King, Betty Nygaard & James Hale. “Anne Murray.” The Canadian Encyclopedia. Last updated June 26, 2018. https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/anne-murray-emc

Murray, Anne. “Biography.” Accessed August 23, 2019. http://www.annemurray.com/Biography.aspx

Murray, Anne, & Michael Posner. All of Me. Toronto: Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2009.

Warner, Andrea. “Anne Murray: 40 Years of Hustle and the Making of a Canadian Icon.” CBC Music. Last updated June 20, 2017. https://www.cbcmusic.ca/posts/18723/anne-murray-40-years-of-hustle-making-of-an-icon

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