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Written by Patricia Turnier   
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 20:55

Ms. Loring was born in New York City on December 10, the International Human Rights Day and, more specifically, two years before the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Gloria Loring comes from a musical family. Her father, Gerald Louis Goff, was a trumpet player and her mother, Dorothy Ann (née Tobin) a band singer who, after giving birth to Gloria Loring, stayed home. During her early years, the songstress sang in church and school productions.

Ms. Loring wears many hats; she is a lyricist, a chanteuse, an actress, an authoress and an entrepreneur. In 1977, she recorded a song called “Brooklyn” with producer Mike Post. The single was released under the name Cody Jameson and became a country hit. Loring is the recording artist of the number 1 hit single with Carl Anderson “Friends and Lovers” when she portrayed the role of Liz Chandler, a chanteuse on Days of Our Lives. Her performance of the single generated the largest mail response of any song in the NBC daytime history. She was the co-composer–with her then husband Alan Thicke (from one of the most popular 80s’ sitcoms, Growing Pains) and Al Burton, of  the theme songs for Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life, which were among the most popular sitcoms of the 70-80s. Loring also co-wrote “What’ve You Got to Lose” with Eric Kaz, which was taped by the group, Pablo Cruise, for the feature film Inside Moves. She hosted the TV series From the Heart while joining the Pointer Sisters in a Showtime TV Special and was instrumental in creating the good vibrations of the “Beach Boys 25th Anniversary Special”. Over the years, Gloria has shared the stage with Bill Cosby, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and many other elite performers. Her recordings have featured great talents like George Duke, Bobby Caldwell, Jeffrey Osborne, Deniece Williams, Howard Hewitt, Bill Champlin (of Chicago) and The Nylons.  

Beforehand, when Gloria Loring was a senior, she became a Homecoming Princess and was voted Most Talented. Loring started her music career at age 14, singing with a folk group known as "Those Four". Gloria started singing professionally at fifteen in local coffee houses in Miami and, from the time she was 18, she learned the craft of live performance, playing in small supper clubs around the U.S. She released her first LP in 1968 entitled "Gloria Loring, Today" on MGM Records. At the age of 18, she signed a one-year contract with The Merv Griffin Show

Ms. Loring is also a key note speaker for corporations and non-profit organizations, the authoress of six books that benefited people with diabetes, two of which (the Days of Our Lives cookbooks vol. 1 and 2) brought $1 million to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)1, for which she served as a spokesperson. This initiative made her a trailblazer among the actors of this soap opera. Her involvement with this organization began thirty years ago. Raising this money coincided with a mysterious event that is recounted in her book Coincidence is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous.

The book covers many themes: forgiveness, incest during her childhood starting at the age of 3, the coping with the diabetic condition of her son Brennan (he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1979, when he was about 3 years old), the power of meditation with its benefits even in time of wars (she gave as an example of positive meditative result, the diminution of bombing in Lebanon discovered by researchers). Ms. Loring also talks about how her former husband Alan Thicke got involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and how he used his celebrity status for fund-raising.

The authoress shows that she has a lot of resilience in spite of her ordeals. Readers will find earnest passages where they will be moved to tears or will smile in other parts. It is original, in the end of the book, to see a list of introspective questions for the readers who wish to grow spiritually and/or want a higher self. The readers will find nice pictures in the autobiography. To summarize, the book examines the coincidences that have inspired Ms. Loring’s life and the lives of others. The authoress shares her wisdom on how we can use coincidence to attain more peace and fulfillment in our lives.

The lyrics of the songs in the book are empowering and reflective. In addition, Ms. Loring is launching a new trend by incorporating singles of her Turn the Page CD into her book. It is a first in America and, probably, in the world, which brings great originality to the autobiography. This shows how fascinating Ms. Loring’s creativity is, because in this way the public discovers a wide range of the songstress’ artistry. Her body of work is timeless. Moreover, she is a woman who thinks ahead. She does not have a tunnel vision. In the early eighties she founded her own label.

In 1986, Ms. Loring wrote Kids, Food, and Diabetes, comprised of recipes and menus with a practical advice for parents of diabetic children. Recently, a CD ROM version called “Cook’N for Diabetics” was available. In 1991, Lowell House published Ms. Loring’s book Parenting a Diabetic Child. After that, Gloria Loring published The Kids, Food and Diabetes Family Cookbook to raise more funds for research on diabetes. A video version of Parenting a Diabetic Child was later released in English and Spanish, also to benefit JDRF. Furthermore, a new edition has just been available on the market.

Ms. Loring was married to the well-known actor Alan Thicke (who was a comedy writer at the time), whom she met in Canada. They have two children: Brennan Thicke and Robin Thicke. Brennan Thicke is a voice actor (he was the cartoon voices of the title character in Dennis the Menace and Scott Trakker in M.A.S.K.) and runs his own health center. His wife Dolly owns a Dolly Couture, a vintage wedding dress retail business. The couple met on the set of Days of Our Lives in 1985. Robin Thicke is a famous R&B singer/songwriter/producer. His wife, Paula Patton, is mainly known as an actress for playing, for example, in the last movie of the “Mission Impossible” franchise. Hence, it is a highly talented family.

Overall, Ms. Loring is an authoress, mother, grandmother, entrepreneur, actress, singer and philanthropist. Thus, she has received many humanitarian awards from the JDRF and she was granted the “Woman of the Year’ award by the Jewelers’ Association. In 1999, JDRF gave her the “Lifetime Commitment Award” and she obtained the 1999 “Woman of Achievement Award” by the Miss America Organization, an honor she shares with past recipients Barbara Bush, Roslyn Carter, and Hillary Clinton.

In more recent years, Loring has performed in live theatres. She starred in the stage production, Blame it on the Movies, at the Burt Reynolds Theatre in Florida to rave critiques and a sold-out run. Other shows have included the comedy, Queen of the Soaps, at the International City Theatre, which earned her a Drama-Logue Award, the San Francisco production of Stardust, directed by Tony Award winner Henry LeTang and the Tony Award winner musical by George Furth Music Minus One. In addition, she toured the U.S. and Canada as Reno Sweeney in Cole Porter’s musical Anything Goes.

Gloria Loring is among one of the few artists who has sung two nominated singles at the Academy Awards. Jeff Margolis, the Director of the Academy Awards, said about her performance: "What a magical evening! Gloria's voice was incredible."   LA Times’ critic Don Heckman penned, “She told stories with the panache of Lena Horne, sang torch songs like Judy Garland, and scatted with the rhythmic thrust of a young Ella Fitzgerald. She did all of this with one of the best vocal instruments in pop music since the salad days of Barbara Streisand.” She was also on the Emmys and the Golden Globes. She appeared in hundreds of television programs such as The Carol Burnett Show, The Tonight Show, the Dean Martin Show and American Bandstand. She sang in the eighties for Former President Ronald Reagan in the East Room at the White House to entertain the president of Mexico, Miguel de la Madrid at a state dinner to honor him. Loring was featured in Two Singers, an hour-long documentary about Gloria and the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. As a singer, whether doing pop concerts or performing with a symphony orchestra, Loring has performed in North America and Europe getting four sold-out concert tours in Australia. Her interpretation of “The Blues” at Diva’s Simply Singing made Sheryl Lee Ralph state, “Gloria Loring throws it down!!” At a tribute to songwriter-singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmunds, mega-musician David Foster was in awe at Loring’s rendering of the Babyface’s ballad, “How Can I Not Love You?” Loring’s new musical show, TV Tunez, represents a celebration of the television’s best theme songs. The show premiered to standing ovations and is now under course of for a Las Vegas run.  Ms. Loring is listed in Who’s Who in America , Who’s Who in Entertainment and Who’s Who of American Women. Moreover, she is an adept of yoga philosophy and is a certified hatha yoga instructor. She is the creator of a stress reduction CD, Body, Breath and Mind.

Loring’s book, Coincidence Is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous, is a spiritual autobiography and an exploration of how a series of coincidences transformed her path by helping her make sense of the challenges of life with all its uncertainties. The authoress wanted to share her truth in her book. Coincidence was released in October, 2012 by HCI, Inc., the publisher of the original Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Several well-known personalities endorsed her latest book, such as television journalist Leeza Gibbons, former Miss USA Terri Amos-Britt, fitness icon Richard Simmons, etc.  On a more personal level, since 1994 Gloria Loring has been married to television production designer René Lagler. They initially met 24 years earlier on the set of Glen Campbell's variety series. They met again on a plane in 1993. The couple lives in Lake Arrowhead, Southern California.  We spoke to Gloria Loring last winter from Quebec. It is her first Canadian in-depth interview. It was striking to discover how humble, unassuming and down-to-earth she is in spite of her successes in the entertainment industry for decades. In the following interview, she talks mainly about her book Coincidence is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous and about her professional path. It was a joy to speak with her, given that she sang the songs of one of my favorite shows when I was a child, “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life”. Children around the world heard her motherly voice, one of the most beautiful from America. In addition, it was an honor to speak to an actress who played in “Days of Our Lives”, an instrumental program to me because this soap opera helped me to master the English language in three months when I was 15. Hence, Days of Our Lives will always have a special place in my heart. By the Editress-in-Chief Patricia Turnier, LL.M (Master’s degree in Law).


P.T. Talk to us about the role music played in your early life. When did you fall in love with music? Growing up, you were influenced by whom musically and why?

G.L. [Silence] Music has always been part of my life. My father was a jazz musician and my mother was a singer before I was born. Actually, music has been part of my family for generations, so I was born with a natural ear for music.

I would imitate people on television and sing along with them. Of course, my mom thought I was a genius [laughs out loud] but that remained to be proved. It really was just a natural outlet for me. Since I was good at singing, I got attention and applause. It made me feel good and it definitely encouraged me to pursue that path.  I grew up listening to jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald, especially her Rodgers and Hart Songbook, and Peggy Lee. I love that I was recently featured on saxophone Jimmy Sommers’ album, Time Stands Still singing the Peggy Lee classic, “Fever.” Lena Horne also influenced me tremendously after I saw her on Broadway in “Lena Horne: The Lady and Her Music.” It was the longest running one-woman show in Broadway history and I fell in love with her fearlessness and class. My father played jazz records at home, although my taste was varied; I also listened to rock and roll. Music was my constant companion. I paid attention to how singers communicated the stories and emotions of the songs, and how they used their voices.

P.T. Twenty years ago, you wanted to write your latest book Coincidence is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous. Why did you feel ready to do it now? Also, how did you prepare yourself to pen your latest book? Was it based on your diary, etc.?

G.L. This book came out of a process of evolution that began thirty years ago, when an extraordinary coincidence got my attention. The first chapter of the book tells the story of my son being diagnosed with Type I diabetes and my promise that I would work to help find a cure. Then a card titled “Expect a Miracle” mysteriously appeared in my Days of Our Lives dressing room the day before I met the benefactor who helped me raise one million dollars for diabetes research. It was when I related the story about the card to an interviewer and he said, “Well, you know coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous.” Many years later, I discovered his words were a quote by Einstein. I was fascinated to find out that a scientific genius was talking about God. From that moment, I started to research the concept of coincidence. Thirteen years ago I began to write the book. It’s what I call “a memoir with a message,” because I want my readers to know how they can use coincidences for their own good.

P.T. Why was it important for you to share your wounds in the book, even the most difficult ones, like the incest you endured when you were a child? Was it a cathartic experience for you to pen your book?

G.L. [Silence] It was definitely cathartic and powerful to share my story. It is part of my healing. Telling the truth about childhood trauma publicly might not be the right path for someone else, but it was for me. I realised that I held within me both grief and rage. It was many years after the incident that I could put the pieces of the puzzle together to recognize what actually happened and to heal from it. Coincidence helped me do that, which is why I included it in this book. The song I wrote about my healing, “Song Of My Father,” was also part of my recovery.

I believe that when you tell the truth, you encourage others to tell their own truth. It was not an easy decision to reveal what happened to me. However, when it was written down, I felt the power of it. I felt liberated. There can be so much shame associated with abuse. There are victims who feel guilty and try to hide it from the world. I think it is important for anyone who went through childhood abuse to tell her story to a compassionate person, perhaps to a mental health professional, because it may be unwise in some cases to confide in a family member. For instance, a woman I know confided to her mother about ongoing acts of incest, and the mother responded, “Don’t say those things about your father, you have no right.” The mother just ignored what was going on. The message sent to that girl was “Your truth and spirit aren’t valued. You don’t deserve to be heard and acknowledged.” That response increases the guilt and shame for the victim. It is important for victims to realize that they are not responsible for what happened and that they are allowed to grieve and process their rage.

P.T. How do you describe Coincidence? Is it partially a self-help book for instance? Give us also a brief description of its contents, and the main things you wish the book will achieve.

G.L. [Silence] My book is an intimate journey. I would like to mention first that my book is dedicated to my late sister, Peggy, who struggled with cancer and left us last year.  She was a light in my life and gave us and all those who knew her a legacy of love and inspiration. Her joy for life was a gift to us. Dedicating my book to her has given me another way to keep her alive in my heart.

My book is what I call “a memoir with a message.” I t is my personal story yes, but I have chosen to use my life as evidence for where coincidence comes from, why it manifests and how we can use it for our good. I believe that even negative circumstances have the power of bringing good in our lives, if we know how to use them. That’s why I have a chapter in my book entitled “The Uses of Coincidence”. When we take the time to assess how we might have played a role in a circumstance or coincidence, we are able to start taking responsibility for ourselves. For instance, in relationships, a friend of mine was continuously drawn to lousy boyfriends. When she realized she was subconsciously choosing men who would help her replicate her difficult childhood, she was able to begin to choose differently.

I believe that if a coincidence is meaningful or relevant to you, there is often a message waiting to be discovered. It may be about something that needs to be recognized, which will then allow you to grow as person. Perhaps my book can also help people forgive someone who hurt them in the past, as I have done with my father. Overall, I hope my book will inspire others to look at the coincidences that appear in their lives and be inspired as I have been to put their wisdom and direction to use.

P.T. In Coincidence, you talk about your spirituality. How did you find a deep connection with God regardless of all the hurdles you went through since your childhood? How did you find peace and serenity even in the midst of great difficulties?

G.L. There is always peace and serenity available to us, in spite of the difficulties we may face. I believe that peace and serenity are our true selves, our original selves. It is not an easy journey. We sometimes have to dig deep within ourselves to find them, especially if we are going through chaos and confusion. I also think that it is easier to find serenity with practice. I practice peace everyday via meditation. I try to let go of the negativity in my life. Sometimes it is difficult and it is a struggle [chuckles]. I do my best to let go of my inner struggles. My understanding, as I have detailed it in my book, has helped me to heal my heart and my life.

P.T. I think that it is amazing that you found healthy ways to heal instead of looking for substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, and so on), especially in show business.

G.L. [Silence] Well, drugs didn’t appeal to me at all. I tried once marijuana and just fell asleep. I thought it would help me be more creative to write songs but it did not work [laughs out loud]. Alcohol gave me headaches [laughs]. So, I guess I was very blessed with the pain of the hangover. These substances didn’t suit me [chuckles]. My drug of choice was performance. When I was on stage, I felt fabulous about myself.

P.T. Hat offs to you guys who do this on a regular basis. I did tap dancing for almost fifteen years. Occasionally, I performed with troupes and I felt it can be so nerve wracking.

G.L. For some of us, it is. I have been fortunate to feel very comfortable on stage. I like to be in a creative space. The stage brings me a joie de vivre, peace and serenity. I am my best self when I perform.

P.T. Your latest book is about resilience and being able to let go the hurts of the past. Do you think that happiness is based chiefly on how you think and how you choose to live your life?

G.L. Definitely, what a wonderful way to put it! Our experience of life is mostly based on how we think. When I meditate, I sit quietly and pay attention to my thoughts. Sometimes, it can be loud and negative. I know I have to make efforts to not dwell on negativity.  

I remember thinking someone didn’t like me, because I told her the truth about something difficult. When I met this person later, she hugged me and told me what a gift my friendship and my words had been to her. So all that time she had a positive opinion about me, and I was holding a negative remembrance of her. There is a lesson here: Assume the best of everyone! It is always more constructive to shift our minds to the gratitude and blessings that life provides for us. I do my best to see the glass half full and not half empty.

P.T. Why was it important for you to incorporate the songs of your CD Turn The Page into your book? How would you describe your album Turn the Page? What is the main message you want the public to take from it?

G.L. The songs were written about the same time that I began to write down pen stories regarding coincidences. There was a correlation between the principal stories concerning my life and the lyrics. For instance, the song about my father (“Song of My Father”) is about redemption and forgiveness.

I had to come to terms with the fact that he had his qualities and, at the same time, his alcoholism took him out of his true self.

As I began writing my coincidence stories, I realised that my songs covered the same subjects and were correlated with the chapters of my book. It is probably the first book with its own soundtrack!

P.T. That is why I think your book’s format is really original.

G.L. Each song on my CD Turn the Page relates to a chapter of the book.  For instance, the title song “Turn the Page” is about getting a second chance in life. My childhood experiences framed my perception of life. I realised that I didn’t have to stay there. It is always possible to turn the page and find light through the darkness. Every day is a new day.

P.T. I was thinking about this, this morning.

G.L. [Silence] What happened before does not mean that it will continue forever. Things can change.

P.T. The lyrics of “I Always Will,” a song you wrote about your love for your son, Brennan, are beautiful. Can you talk about what it means to you?

G.L. When you have a child who deals with a chronic illness very early in his life, you find strength within yourself that you didn’t know existed. The things that can be accomplished in the name of love are quite extraordinary. With “I Always Will,” I wanted Brennan to know that I will stand by him no matter what happens. It is about love, loyalty, commitment.

P.T. In Coincidence is God’s Way of Remaining Anonymous you shared with the readers that since high school you knew you wanted to be involved in the entertainment business. In addition, we learn that you introduced yourself to Ed Sullivan assertively by letting him know that one day you will be singing on his show which actually happened four years later. Do you believe in this quote: “No one can rise higher than his or her faith”?

G.L. [Laughs out loud] This quote makes total sense to me. I believe that we are a participant in our destiny. There are people who believe in laws of attraction. When we have a vision or focus for ourselves, we play an active role in creating our goals. It was meaningful that I had the nerve at 17 to approach Sulllivan and tell him with confidence about my goals [Laughs out loud]. I was determined to make it.

P.T. How have people responded so far to your book? Can you share with us one of the greatest comments you received from one of your readers?

G.L. [Silence] There have been so many. The feedback that I got even from some interviewers is they underlined so many passages in the book because those storiesspoke to them. They’ve said my book gives them a new perspective on how to look at their lives. Some people have also been surprised about the amount of humor they found in the book [Laughs]. 

I received a quote from an interviewer which moved me: "I resonated deeply with your insights and thoughts, and your book came at the perfect time. It helped me assess my past and look forward to living the rest of my life with greater meaning. Your work truly touched and inspired me, and I'm ever so grateful to know about it. Had I not been doing the radio show with you, I might have missed it... talk about a powerful and fortunate coincidence for me!"

I received a generous review from bestselling author Dr. Barbara De Angelis who said my book is a treasure. New York Times bestselling author Dr. Daniel Amen called it “thought provoking and inspirational.” I’m grateful for all these positive feedback.

Readers have posted on Amazon.com that the book has changed the way they look at their lives, and has made them think more thoroughly about how they participate in the creation of coincidences. Some shared with me that they are making an effort to be more conscious of what they are attracting and what they are running from.

P.T. You have been honored with the Lifetime Commitment Award from JDRF (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, www.jdrf.org). What does that prize mean to you?

G.L. It means a lot to me. My work with JDRF has probably been more a blessing to me than I have been to them. In their early years, my involvement helped to get more attention, because I was on Days of Our Lives with ten million viewers and it brought more exposure to JDRF.  The foundation helped me discover strengths and talents I didn’t know I had. Without that desire to help my son, I most likely would not have written books, formed businesses, and become an advocate for biomedical research. The best news is that even though we were told that our son Brennan had only a 50% chance of living 25 years with diabetes, he is still well after 34 years with it. He’s married to his amazing Dolly, and they have given me Tyler, my first grandson, or, as I call him, Nana’s Rascal Boy.

I also learned that good can arise from difficulty. My son’s diabetes has been one of my life’s great griefs and one of its greatest gifts. One of my friends coined the phrase “Love something else more.” In other words, when troubles come, it is important to find a bigger vision, a higher purpose. The founders of JDRF and their quest to cure diabetes gave me a higher purpose. They helped me put aside my doubts and fears. I overcame challenges. For instance, experts in the cookbook arena told me I would not succeed in the self-publishing market but I proved them wrong. My cookbook on diabetes raised more than $1 million for JDRF and I am really proud to be part of that because it allowed the organization to move forward. 

P.T. You shared with the media and you just mentioned that your son’s diabetes has been one of your life’s biggest challenges. What is your best advice to the parents who have to deal with this issue, and what services can JDRF provide?

G.L. JDRF is the largest funder in the world for diabetic research other than the U.S. federal government. They give over $110 million a year for diabetes research into the causes, cure and prevention of Type 1 diabetes (TID).

An important aspect of their work is the hope they give to parents and children all over the world.  JDRF began in Philadelphia, led by Lee Ducat when her son Larry was diagnosed.

She gathered a group of local parents of children with diabetes. They came together to raise money for diabetes research and formed the first chapter. JDRF allowed us to put our love for our children to work.

JDRF focuses on supporting research to make the lives of diabetic children healthier and longer. I have a friend who had Type 1 diabetes for 48 years. Research has helped her to stay healthy. There is no doubt about it.

I believe that it is comforting for parents to talk with other parents who are in the same situation. This kind of support also makes them feel less alone and gives them hope. So, the best advice that I can give parents of newly diagnosed children is to not isolate themselves, but to reach out to professionals and other parents who are knowledgeable of T1D in order to get the support they need.

P.T. You worked with your son Robin Thicke on the single “The Prayer”. How did this project come to fruition and how was the experience of collaborating with him? In addition, tell us about the lovely lyrics of this song.

G.L. “The Prayer” is a song for which I had a deep feeling. I heard it from Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion. I wanted to interpret it and sing it with my son. I thought it would be a great duet for us. It was such a joy to work with him in his studio. He is an amazing singer, musician and performer. The song is chiefly about presence, light, love and safety. It is really moving. David Foster2 is one of the songwriters of this single. The song was also written by Carole Bayer Sager, Alberto Testa and Tony Renis. Carole [Sager] sent me an e-mail and told me that my duet with Robin was one of the prettiest versions of the song she heard. I considered that an enormous compliment.

P.T. Do you want to share your thoughts about your duet with Carl Anderson "Friends and Lovers", which became the song in the history of NBC television to generate the most fan mails … the first hit song in North America from a soap opera?

G.L. That is the story in Chapter 5, where I recount how I found the song and Carl [Anderson]. It was all coincidental. I was complaining to the Associate Producer on “Days” that I might never have a hit record. She asked me, “Well, how do you think it could happen? I was complaining to the Associate Producer on “Days” that I might never have a hit record. She asked me, “Well, how do you think it could happen?” I daydreamed a list of possibility and the next day she brought me a song that had just been sent in to the office. It was “Friends and Lovers.” Then someone suggested that I listen to Carl’s voice, and I loved it. Everything enfolded in a beautiful way. Since the song was originally a duet, I recorded it a few months later with Carl [Anderson]. A year later, our record became a #1 hit all over North America. That was an amazing time of my life and it is one of the fun stories in my book.

P.T. In your book, you share the hurdles you had with legal matters regarding your hit song “Friends and Lovers”. What advice do you have for aspiring singers?

G.L. [Silence]. Legal complications delayed the release of the single by a year. Lawyers had to be involved because no contract was signed from the start. We had to pay the lawyers to negotiate with the fellows who did not sign the contract, which cost me all my royalties. My advice to aspiring singers is don’t go into the music business without having knowledge of the industry’s mechanics so you know what you are doing. You have to be aware of what should be done, how it should be done, etc. You need the business knowledge as well as creative ability. It is important to do your homework by finding a reliable and qualified legal expert with cognizance of the industry.

P.T. What is your assessment of the current state of the music industry which has changed tremendously? How do you think new artists can thrive with the new rules in the entertainment field?

G.L. I believe it is a question of adaptation. Changes in the music industry are not new. For instance, in the past radio hits threatened old revenue drifts by the mid-1940s when most of the albums produced in my country went into jukeboxes. I think that now, it is important to understand the new component of the music industry. With the new technologies, some online enterprises take huge percentages of each LP sold. Artists need to learn how to appropriately invest their money. It is imperative to have a long term vision.

P.T. Now more than ever, artists found their own indie labels because they feel they don’t have the freedom (with major record companies) on their creativity, they feel controlled or they sense that they have to compromise their artistic integrity. Some think also that artists should not be given direction. What is your opinion about this? In addition, many performers are not sure what is the best road to take: being attached to a major label or becoming an indie. What are the pros and cons of being an independent artist today?

G.L. When you are involved with an elite team in the music industry that believes in you, it means that you have a huge machine backing and helping you. It can be a great advantage to have access to an A&R division, a marketing team, etc. The end result can be exponentially bigger than if the artist was on his/her own. Direction is not a bad thing and this is the main reason why artists get producers. Otherwise, artists would have to engineer themselves, play themselves all the instruments, etc. This would be time consuming. It is not solely about your artistry and your vision. You have a public to satisfy. So, getting feedback is crucial before you put any product on the market.

As an indie, you have to create your own team. In addition, even if you have more freedom, it can be time consuming because you need to think of everything: the promotion of your album and so on. Moreover, you need especially when you start, to invest your own money. As an indie, you have to be the business person and the creative one. I believe that it is best to be an indie when you have experience in the music business. It might be more difficult for novices.

P.T. Few women have a record company in the business. You created one in 1984. What happened with this endeavor and what is the most important thing you learned through this experience?

G.L. How hard it is [Laughs out loud]. I would never do it again [laughs]. I found it enormously time consuming. For my part, it was very hard to be the business person and the artist. I did it to raise money for diabetic research, in other words for the JDRF. I had a team of people helping me and, despite that, it was hard. So, I decided not to pursue that adventure again.

P.T. You are a great songwriter. What type of environments put you in a writing mood? In other words, where do you get your inspirations, is it through exotic trips, etc.?

G.L. For me, it is a daily thing. I can have ideas in my mind and I write them to make sure that I don’t forget. My ideas can come from life circumstances, a conversation I had with a friend, a comment I overhear, etc. I believe that inspiration and creativity are all around us. It is always present. I don’t have to go anywhere. I think that the trip we have to take is within us. The great American poetess Emily Dickinson stayed at home in her bed for most of her life. She delivered extraordinary work and was voluntarily a recluse.

P.T. Do you ever listen to your own albums at home? If so, are you able to listen to them with joy or do you have the tendency to be critical of yourself?

G.L. [Chuckles] I think I listen to them with joy while singing along. I feel happy to take the time to listen to my work. What helps is before I finish a song in a studio, I always make sure that I worked hard to be really satisfied with the result. I learned to pay attention to any misgivings about a note, a chord and so on. I am pleased with what I did. A Playlist is a compilation of my favorite recordings of the past twenty years and listening to it makes me satisfied with my body of work.

P.T. What is the most important thing you learned in the entertainment business. In addition, how do you assess your career as a singer and songwriter?

G.L. The most important thing that I learned is anything can happen. You never know when something good will show up. Overall, I am satisfied with my body of work. I never settle and I always want to surpass myself. For me, it was always important to make music which won’t age and I believe that I accomplished that. I am proud of this.

However, I don’t assess my contribution solely as a singer and songwriter because I always enjoyed to explore other venues. I have a variety of experiences and outlets for my creativity: fundraisings, acting, book writing, etc. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to be involved in all these arenas. I learned so much and it is a blessing.

P.T. Would you be interested one day to sing a song in another language? If so, which one would it be and why?

G.L. [Laughs] Well, I sang a single in German for my Christmas album. In fact, it is Silent Night that I sang in German and English. I also sang “Fum Fum Fum” in Spanish and English. I would love to sing in French. I learned it for three years in high school. My throat loves French. I like to pronounce the words, I love the way it sounds and feels. It is a romantic language and I enjoy the culture. I don’t know what song I would choose but it needs to be one that I will really feel drawn to.

P.T. As a singer what advice would you like to give yourself when you were 20 and same thing as an actress?

G.L. [Silence] Looking back now, I don’t think I could give myself any advice. I probably would not listen because I thought I knew everything [laughs out loud]. In retrospect, I think I would say to myself to keep doing what you are involved with and eventually you will find your way. Follow your instinct doing what you love.

P.T. What are the pitfalls that young people need to avoid in the music industry? In addition, what other advice can you give to young people to become drivers and not passengers in the entertainment business?

G.L. [Silence] I would say certainly follow your bliss, follow the path of your passion and of what you would do for free. In other words, follow your heart even if it sounds cliché. I strongly believe that you will more easily give up if you truyly don’t love what you’re doing especially during difficult times. The motivation and determination won’t be there.

Hopefully, try to find a way to make a living out of your love whatever the field. If you are a singer, you might end up teaching singing, going to college, etc. It is important to be open to the opportunities that present into our lives.

The main pitfall that I see is emulating someone else. You need to bring originality in the music industry, otherwise you won’t last. Do not try to be all things to all people. Find your own style. You have to set yourself apart from others. It is important to stay in touch with your best self regardless of who you meet on your path and not getting lost with distractions. Always look for new creative techniques you can use in your artistry. You need to evolve constantly, as the music business changes regularly. Never sit on your laurels even if you got some hit songs; always see how you can better yourself as an artist, especially if you want to achieve longevity.

The competition is fierce, so make sure that you have more than one string to your bow. You can learn for instance how to read music, to play instrument(s), etc. It is important to have a strong work ethic.  To be a driver in the industry and not merely a passenger, you need to acquire the knowledge of the music business in its entirety with all its intricacies. I mean you must learn how to deal with the record companies and their internal departments (A&R, etc.), the radio stations, the PR firms, the performing rights organizations like ASCAP, BMI or SESAC. It is an asset to know how promotion works in the industry, to be able to surround yourself with the right team of musicians, lawyers, and accountants.

To achieve longevity in the business, you must put quality above everything. This will help to avoid being embarrassed in the future by past materials you put out there. Success is not solely about hard work. It’s also about being smart and having gumption. It is imperative not to be dazzled by your own artistry. Be open to constructive criticism from experienced people. Learn from your mistakes and constantly seek to perfect your craft.

P.T. Thank you Ms. Loring for speaking to Mega Diversities. It was an honor to interview you!

G.L. I also enjoyed speaking to you and answering your insightful questions!


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Book’s endorsements:

"Previous to reading her marvelous new book, I was only aware of Gloria Loring as a revered actress, singer and advocate for juvenile diabetes. Upon completion of the book, my perspective dramatically shifted as I was truly blown away by the skill, insight, humor, sensitivity, and intelligence that Ms. Loring shares. This is a woman who represents the new generation of women—free of boundaries—limitless in her ability to share—fearless in her stance—with intelligence of soul and spirit—an open heart—an intelligence that encompasses body, mind, and spirit and soul in her own voice. This is not a 'Celebrity Tell-All,' but rather a story of a woman who has lived and proudly so."

—Dr. Judy Kuriansky, clinical psychologist, radio host, and best-selling author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dating

“This book towers over even the best autobiographies from the entertainment world. By taking her personal life and investigating the journey as a spiritual path, Gloria offers insights that become valuable teaching moments for any reader. Her use of her own song lyrics and quotes from a plethora of sages skillfully sets the sign posts for each new direction. I love her writing skills, her intelligence, her research, her determination, and above all, her open heart."

—Sandor Stern, screenwriter, director and author of The Life And Adventures Of Ralph, The Cat and The Karma Chronicles

“Gloria Loring has a way of writing that makes you feel as if she is your wisest, yet closet friend. Her story awakens a deeper, more meaningful understanding of your own story and brings healing to your life."

—Terri Amos-Britt, former Miss USA 1982 and award-winning author of The Enlightened Mom: A Mother's Guide for Bringing Peace, Love & Light to Your Family's Life

"I loved Gloria's autobiography about coincidence. It is thoughtful, thought provoking, and inspirational."

—Dr. Daniel Amen, New York Times bestselling author

"It's not enough that Gloria Loring is a singer, songwriter and actress, and the mother of music star Robin Thicke, now she proves that she is a full-fledged star in the world of personal growth and self-help. Her book blends the celebrity world with her innate common sense and profound intuition to deliver her learnings and teachings wrapped up in a beautifully written gift to anyone searching for meaning."

—Leeza Gibbons, television journalist, health advocate and author

"I thoroughly enjoyed Gloria's book; I read it in one night! Her reflections on coincidence make you take stock and think about your own experiences, and from an autobiographical standpoint, her stories of her life, both personal and professional, are completely engrossing. Whether you're a soap fan, a music fan or a fan of Gloria's in general, this book has something for you."

—Stephanie Sloane, Editorial Director, Soap Opera Digest

“Gloria has a knack for painting a larger vision of the subtleties and nuances of life in a way that helps us all to understand the brilliance at work behind our human design and destiny. Gloria teaches that through paying attention to the signs and symbols of intuition and coincidence, and by choosing love over fear, we can more easily navigate the path of higher awareness. Compelled by passion, it is obvious Gloria has graciously poured her soul into this power-packed manual for conscious living."

—Kathryn Peters-Brinkley, best-selling author, international lecturer and publisher of Kinetics Magazine

“When a book enriches your mind, opens your heart, and inspires your spirit, it is a real treasure, and this treasure is just what Gloria Loring offers us in her powerful and uplifting new autobiography. Written with wisdom and depth, and saturated with grace, this remarkable book takes the reader on a journey overflowing with revelation and profound awakening."

—Dr. Barbara De Angelis, transformational teacher, #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Did I Get Here? Finding Your Way To Renewed Hope & Happiness When Life and Love Take Unexpected Turns

"Gloria Loring takes us on a an intimate journey of the ups and downs of her life and shares with us her powerful transformation and growth through her spiritual awakening. She is a clear example of how one can take life's challenges and not only learn from them, but inspire others. It is what she does so well throughout the pages of this uplifting book. Perhaps the most powerful aspect of her book is when she shares examples of the importance of intuition and trusting ourselves. She also writes about how the power of our thoughts helps create coincidences in our life."

—Dr. Lillian Glass, Internationally renowned communication and body language expert and author of bestsellers Toxic People and The Body Language Advantage

"I am amazed that not only has Gloria Loring achieved success and fame in the field of entertainment, but she has also remained focused on developing and expressing her spiritual qualities. As you read this book, I hope you will find a bit of Gloria's dedication to spiritual unfoldment within yourself. Coincidence Is God's Way of Remaining Anonymous will be an absolute inspiration to you...it is to me!"

—Dannion Brinkley, New York Times bestselling author of Saved by the Light, At Peace in the Light, and Secrets of the Light

Other books of Gloria Loring:

Parenting a Child With Diabetes : A Practical, Empathetic Guide to Help You and Your Child Live with Diabetes

Gloria Loring's Guide to Health and Beauty

Days Of Our Lives Celebrity Cookbook

Living With Type 2 Diabetes

The kids, food and diabetes family cookbook

Facts of Life by Al Burton, Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring

Kids, Food and Diabetes

Official website: http://www.glorialoring.com


Today, Gloria Loring - 1968 MGM Records
And Now We Come To Distances - 1970 Evolution Records
Sing a Song for the Mountain - 1972 Evolution Records
A Shot in the Dark - 1984 Glitz Records This release includes the full version of "The Facts of Life"
Gloria Loring - 1986 Atlantic Records. This release comprises the original version of "Friends and Lovers" w/ Carl Anderson
Full Moon/No Hesitation - 1988 Atlantic Records
Is There Anybody Out There - 1991 Silk Purse This release includes a solo version of "Friends and Lovers"
Turn The Page - 1999 Silk Purse
By Request - 2000 Silk Purse This album includes an acoustic recording of "Tonight, I Celebrate my Love for You", the song adopted by Bo & Hope as their theme song on Days of Our Lives.
Friends and Lovers - 2001 Silk Purse
You Make it Christmas - 2003 Silk Purse
A Playlist - 2008 Silk Purse Twenty-three years after the original recording of "Friends and Lovers", Gloria and Carl Anderson re-recorded the single for this project, just one year before his death.

Source: www.wikipedia.org 

"The Prayer"

I pray you'll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don't know
Let this be our prayer
When we lose our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe

I pray we'll find your light
And hold it in our hearts
When stars go out each night
Remind us where you are
Let this be our prayer
When shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe

A world where pain and sorrow will be ended
And every heart that's broken will be mended
And we'll remember we are all God's children
Reaching out to touch you, reaching to the sky

We ask that life be kind
And watch us from above
We hope each soul will find
Another soul to love
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Needs to find a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we'll be safe....

To listen to samples of the album Turn The Page, click here: 




1 formely known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

2 He has been nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Original Song and won the 1999 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "The Prayer"