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.”