Anne Murray was terrified when she made her first public performance at age 15, but the experience convinced her that singing was to be her life.
Anne Murray was born in Springhill, Nova Scotia. Her father was the resident doctor in this tiny coal-mining town, and her mother was a registered nurse. Having five brothers spurred her onwards in singing as she "wanted to do something better than they did." As a youngster, Canada's "songbird" enjoyed singing along with her favourites: Connie Francis, Bobby Darin, Buddy Holly, Bing Crosby, Patti Page and Rosemary Clooney. Murray enjoyed a wide variety of music, from classical and country, to gospel and folk. Those influences played a big part in this versatile singer's future.
For more than 30 years, Anne Murray has been Canada's most recognizable voice, and one of the world's most successful singing stars. Her voice is unparalleled and her sound defies description as it effortlessly crosses the folk, country, rock and pop labels.
It was her second album, This Is My Way, that put Murray on the world map with her first big hit, "Snowbird." In fact, "Snowbird" became one of North America's most played songs in the 1970s, and Anne Murray became the first solo Canadian female artist to be awarded an American Gold Record. She has recorded 30 albums, has received numerous national and international honours, and has sold millions of records.
In 2006, Murray received a tremendous honour when the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame chose her and Leonard Cohen as recipients of the Legacy Award for their extraordinary contributions to and support of the Canadian songwriting industry. Murray was recognized for her unfailing support of Canada's songwriters, through her performances and her recordings.
On June 29, 2007, Canada Post issued the limited edition Anne Murray Stamp. She was recognized along with three other iconic Canadian recording artists and fellow Canada's Walk of Fame Inductees: Paul Anka, Gordon Lightfoot and Joni Mitchell.
Murray's final studio album, Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends was released on November 2007, and featured 17 tracks that include many of Murray's biggest hits over her four-decade career, re-recorded as duets with other established and rising female singers. These artists included Canadian superstars and fellow CWOF Inductees Céline Dion, Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Nelly Furtado and Jann Arden.. According to Billboard magazine, the album reached #2 on the Canadian pop album charts and was certified Double Platinum in Canada after merely two months, representing sales of over 200,000 units. Murray was also nominated for the 2008 JUNO Award for Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year.
On October 10, 2007, Murray announced that she would embark on her final major tour. She toured in February and March 2008 in the U.S., followed by the Coast-to-Coast: One Last Time tour in April and May in Canada. Anne Murray's final public concert was held at the Sony Centre in Toronto on May 23, 2008.
In January, 2009, Alfred A. Knopf Canada announced that Murray, in collaboration with author Michael Posner, would be writing a memoir of her private life and 40-year career in show business. The autobiography, titled All of Me, was released on October 27, 2009. The autobiography is a self-portrait of Canada's first great female recording artist, and documents Murray's life, from her childhood in the tragedy-plagued, small, coal-mining town of Springhill, Nova Scotia, to her success on the world stage. The book remains on Canada's non-fiction best sellers list.
Following the release of her autobiography, Murray embarked on a 15-city book signing tour, starting in Nashville on October 27, 2009 and ending in Ottawa on November 24, 2009. The tour also included a special In Conversation interview with Michael Posner at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto, on October 30, 2009.
On February 12, 2010, Murray was one of the eight Canadians who carried the Olympic flag during the opening ceremonies of the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Of Canada's Walk of Fame, Murray says: "I think the Walk of Fame is a great idea and I'm honoured to be part of it."
A longtime golf enthusiast, Murray made history in October 2003 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, New York, by becoming the first woman to score a hole-in-one on the 108-yard, par 3, 17th hole at the Kaluhyat Golf Club.