6 takeaways from Anne Murray's interview with Lisa LaFlamme
Published Tuesday, November 7, 2017 8:35AM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, November 7, 2017 12:36PM EST
Iconic Canadian singer Anne Murray joined CTV’s Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme for an exclusive one-on-one interview on Monday. Here are six interesting revelations about the woman widely credited with paving the way for a generation of Canadian musical success stories.
She really does not want to return to the stage
“I did it for 40 years, and 40 years is long enough to do anything. I wanted to have some time to myself.”
Murray said she sings Happy Birthday, when appropriate. The only audience treated to her singing voice these days is her three-year-old granddaughter and her kids, but never in public.
“I say ‘no’ a lot. And if I knew how easy it was to say no, I would have started saying it earlier. I don’t miss it. I miss my road family. The people I travelled with, many of them were with me for over 30 years.”
She thinks young artists should start in choir
Murray also said she has parents of children in their early teens contacting her for advice on how to jumpstart their kids’ career, but she doesn’t think kids that age should be in show business.
“I tell them: ‘Get them singing in choirs, have them sing in choirs for 10 years,’” she said. “Then let them do whatever they want.”
While staying away from spotlight, she still connects with fans
As a Canadian icon, Murray has a lot of fans north of the border, many of whom still recognize her on the street.
“People still say ‘Hi’ to me and I go ‘Do I know you?’ and they say ‘Well, no’, but I forget that (I was famous),” she said.
“Retirement isn’t what it used to be,” she said. “It used to be you retired and you disappeared off the face of the Earth. Now you have social media. I keep in touch with all my fans. It’s great.”
She is an actual snowbird
One of Murray’s most famous songs is 1969’s “Snowbird,” but now in retirement, Murray is an actual Canadian snowbird.
“I spend three months in Florida.”
Murray divides her time between Florida, Nova Scotia, and Toronto.
She’s not tired of her classic songs, even “Snowbird”
“I had to sing “Snowbird” a lot. But I never tired of it, ever.”
She stays physically active
The 72-year-old said she swims for an hour every second day with her daughter, Dawn Langstroth. Like many retirees, Murray also gets to “play a lot of golf.”