Internationally renowned music legend Anne Murray has her storied career encapsulated once more with the The Ultimate Collection, a 2LP-set which serves as her most authoritative collection yet assembled – overseen by Murray herself. "The original idea was to come up with a greatest hits compilation along with several of the songs that many people wouldn't have heard but were particular favourites of mine," explains Murray. "The hits were easy but then to decide what should go on the second disc, I went over the songs that I used to do in sound check, things I used to do in the unplugged segment of the show, personal favourites of mine. Some of them are from early on in my career so they have kind of a special meaning for me too."
Murray is a Canadian music trailblazer, with a string of firsts: first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts, first to earn a Gold record (for "Snowbird"), and the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Country Music Awards, to name but a few. Her successes made a path for further Canadian artists to follow en route to conquering the world stage – Céline Dion, Shania Twain, kd lang, Alanis Morissette, and Sarah McLachlan among them. These songs have special meaning for Murray's fellow Canadians along with millions worldwide. Murray's immediately identifiable, distinctive voice has carried messages of joy, comfort, and consolation through these time-tested songs that continue to resonate as powerfully today.
Murray's career began with chance encounters which resulted in remarkable achievements. The young singer from Nova Scotia was offered a couple of songs, including "Snowbird" – which soared beyond all borders and still sails the stratosphere to this day. Not long after, a television performance on Glen Campbell's Goodtime Hour brought Murray into people's homes and into their hearts, places she would occupy throughout her recording and performing years. Over the next decades, Murray would sell over 55 million albums worldwide and did so while effortlessly moving between pop, country, and adult contemporary formats. The accolades were equally multitudinous, with several standout achievements including 4 Grammys and a record breaking 24 Junos.