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What does a songbird do when she retires?

Apparently, she keeps singing - but on her own terms. And she spends so much time on the golf course she becomes the worlds best female celebrity golfer.

What does a songbird do when she retires?

Apparently, she keeps singing - but on her own terms. And she spends so much time on the golf course she becomes the worlds best female celebrity golfer.

Thats Anne Murrays version of retirement, at least.

The 62-year-old announced this week that she is heading out in the spring for her last coast-to-coast tour to promote what might - or might not - be her last album. The tour hits Vancouvers Queen Elizabeth Theatre on May 5 and tickets go on sale Friday.

Her most recent album is a collection of duets with an impressive range of female singers - a testament to Murrays reputation as a musical legend.

To convince superstars such as Emmylou Harris, Nelly Furtado, Olivia Newton-John, k.d. lang, Celine Dion and Shania Twain to join her on the album, all she had to do was ask.

It was so much fun to do, Murray said earlier this fall over the phone from her home north of Toronto.

I was able to do it live - singing across from somebody. We recorded it in four cities. We did it in L.A., New York, Nashville and Toronto. There was lots of travel involved. Its taken me the whole year.

Until Murrays label approached her with the idea of a duets album, the singer was thinking shed put her recording days behind her.

I thought I had done my last album, she said.

Thats why she called her 2004 recording, Ill Be Seeing You.

But when she started thinking about the possibility of working with a great producer on an album of duets with great female singers, she started to get excited about it.

They wanted a high-profile producer. They wanted to make some noise with it.

And they did. The album debuted at No. 4 on Canadas Top-200 Soundscan Chart, making it her highest debut in more than 20 years.

The albums producer, Phil Ramone, had worked on some seriously successful projects, giving Murray confidence he would guide her in the right direction.

I knew hed done the Sinatra duets project. I knew he was well versed in duets, and thats what I needed.

As for what the legendary songbird - and former gym teacher - will do after the tour, shes not quite sure.

Next year is my 40th year. It makes sense to tie that 40th year in with perhaps a final album, a final Canadian tour. Its just all kind of falling into place, she said.

I dont know what will happen after that. Thats pretty much how Im doing my career these day. A year in advance, maybe.

There will undoubtedly be plenty of golf. She would like to keep her title of Golf for Women magazines top female celebrity player, after all.

She will continue to spend time with her two adult children and is considering writing an autobiography. But as for whether she will retire in the traditional sense, shes not so sure.

Ive been busy for so long, I dont know whether I could. I might go a bit wingy.

Whatever happens though, shes not fretting about it. Shes confident opportunities will present themselves at the right time.

When I cant sing to my satisfaction any more, I will no longer do it. And Ill know when that time comes because Im such a perfectionist. Its hard to settle for less. So well see. Well see.

Organizations: Vancouvers Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Geographic location: Toronto, New York, Nashville

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