Jazzy Songs and Hot Yoga For One-Time Supreme Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson reports that the album of all-new material she’s been working on– with songs by Brian and Eddie  Holland and Lamont Dozier — will be out “within a couple of months.

“We haven’t decided on a name yet.  It has something to do with my journey in life.  It has a lot to say about life,” says the songstress who rose to fame as one of Motown’s legendary Supremes – who, of course, were hit-making giants thanks to songs turned out by Holland-Dozier-Holland.

Mary’s new album is “more adult contemporary,” she says.  “It was originally supposed to come out this month, but it isn’t quite there yet.  Of course, there’s no radio to play new music these days.  There’s the internet and, well, we’ll figure out something.”

Right now, Mary’s busy with her “Up Close” shows, singing sultry ballads at jazz clubs including Hollywood’s Catalina Bar & Grill Sept. 2-5.

“I do ‘Body and Soul’ – there’s a little bit of that sexy thing going on.  I do Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now,’ that really sums up my life.  I do ‘Here’s to Life’ – a very, very beautiful song.”

There’s not a Supremes song on the list.  Those interested in hearing those golden oldies should go to one of her rock ‘n’ roll concerts, not her cabaret performances, Mary says.  “I do my concerts all the time – although, this past year or two have been very, very slow with the economy down,” she observes, referring to the abysmal industry-wide concert scene .  “There’ve been cutbacks on corporate shows, too.  But they’ll pick up when the economy pick up.”

Mary, who lives with three of her eight grandchildren (ages five to 30), looks beautiful and fit.  “I’m 66 and I love being 66 – 66 and a half, actually,” she volunteers.  At a recent rock ‘n’ roll festival in New Jersey, she ran into one of the members of ‘sixties band Paul Revere & the Raiders, who asked her how she could look so good

“I do things to keep myself up.  I drink lots of water.  I do Bikram yoga, the hot yoga, which is a strenuous workout.  I’m not lazy about my upkeep,” she says, “but I’m kind of bad – I drink a lot of champagne.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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