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Morna Anne Murray CC ONS (born 20 June 1945) is a Canadian retired singer and philanthropist whose career was successful in the 1970s and the 1980s. Murray is the mother of Canadian singer and painter Dawn Langstroth.
- I`ve been called just about everything, but I`ve always thought of myself as just a singer.
- [Glen Campbell] was a wonderful man and he was so good to me. Every time that I ever asked him to do anything, he was here for me always.
- On Glen Campbell, as quoted in "Lisa LaFlamme talks to Canadian music legend Anne Murray", Lisa LaFlamme (interviewer), CTV News Canada, 6 November 2017
- The climate in Sweden is rather the same as in Canada. It makes me feel at home.
- On her popularity in Sweden, as quoted in "Anne Murray: Facing the Big Time Her Own Way", Section "From Nova Scotia to New South Wales", by George Anthony, Billboard, Oct 20, 1979
- I was sitting in my suite one night after the show, and I looked out at the [Las Vegas] Strip and saw the huge neon billboard with my name on it, spelled out in those giant letters they use. Then I looked across the street at Caesars Palace and saw Frank Sinatra's name, in the same giant letters. And I said to myself, 'Face it, Anne; you're in the business.'
- On her popularity in Las Vegas, as quoted in "Anne Murray: Facing the Big Time Her Own Way", Section "Her Own Way", by George Anthony, Billboard, Oct 20, 1979
- I hated my life when I was going through those early days and having to deal with drunken musicians and drugged musicians. I hated it.
- On her early career in the 1960s, as quoted in "Anne Murray says farewell with All of Me", CBC Arts, CBC.ca, 29 October 2009
- I guess that singing is probably a very selfish thing. I guess it doesn't matter what you do. It's selfish in a way 'cause there's satisfaction involved and so. As a singer, you sometimes have to justify your reason for existence in a sort of a way because: what really are you doing for people, they say?
- On singing as a job, as quoted in a 1971 CBC interview: "Anne Murray thinks singing is selfish: The Vault", CBC/Radio-Canada, CBC.ca, 14 February 2018
The Globe and Mail interview (2017)
- What you saw was what you got. There was no difference from me on stage and me sitting here talking to you.
- When asked to explain how she became so synonymous with her country.
- You know what? When someone does that for me, it makes me feel really good. It's like you're important.
- Regarding the people meeting Murray at the grocery store to ask how her career's going.
- That's something that I regret – that I allowed them to browbeat me into doing an album every year. Because when I took time out to have children I got behind in my albums. One year I had to do three in a row. The same year! Just to keep up with my contract with them. What a pile of bullshit that is.
- Regarding the issue between her recording contract and her family life
Mount Saint Vincent University speech (2016)
- If you have a dream, a passion and have the opportunity to make it happen, great. BUT, if you can’t get to it right away, which is quite often the case, give the job you’re doing 100 per cent and keep your eyes open. You never know what opportunity might arise … something you never thought of could become your life’s work. Success of any kind is the result of hard work … there’s no shortcut.
- On success
- If you think asking for help betrays weakness, get over it. In fact, it’s just the opposite. It’s a sign that you’re confident enough to admit that other people may know more than you know or can do things better than you can.
- On asking for help
Quotes on Murray
- [Anne Murray] embodies the Canadian popular music industry. She's been so successful within Canada and internationally. She's really identified with Canada, even one of her songs Snowbird, that's so Canada.
- Brock Silversides, director of University of Toronto Libraries' Media Commons
- As quoted in Noreen Ahmed-Ullah, "'Canada's sweetheart' Anne Murray donates archives to U of T", 16 November 2017, University of Toronto, utoronto.ca
- I've always had a crush on Anne Murray, since I was like 9 years old. But no, [Ingenue]'s not about her.
- k.d. lang, Canadian singer
- regarding the rumours that her album "Ingenue" might be about Anne Murray, as quoted in "HANGING WITH K. D. LANG", MTV.com, as reported by ATN Toronto correspondent (and Toronto Star staff writer) Peter Howell, 18 October 1995