Diana Ross recently met with producer Mark Ronson to discuss her next album, the legendary singer told the sold-out crowd at Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts during the Q&A portion of her TD Toronto Jazz Festival concert.
The 75-year-old, who over five decades has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, enjoyed 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits — six solo, 12 as part of The Supremes — 14 top 10 albums and has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, mused how music is now streamed, but in her lifetime she has seen 33 1/3s, singles, 45s, 8-tracks and cassettes.
“I’m getting ready to go in the studio and do another album and I want to do songs from where I am at — is that the right English? — at this point in time in my life because I feel so incredibly grateful and appreciative of you,” she said, pointing at the audience who erupted in cheers. “I don’t want to sing the blues. I want to sing songs that really speak to you and where I’m at at this time in my life, and optimism, and positive.
“So I met with this really incredible producer. His name is Mark Ronson,” she revealed. “And he is such a doll. He’s so humble. I said, ‘How do you feel after winning an Academy Award?’ And he went, ‘Next.’ He’s ready to go to work. He’s lovely, lovely.”
Ronson won the best original song Oscar for “Shallow,” with Lady Gaga, Andrew Wyatt and Anthony Rossomando.
Ross then took a question from a lady who asked, “How do you continue to glow through the trials?”
“You know, it’s love,” Ross responded.
“I Iove you. I love this. I don’t even call this work. This is my pleasure. Someone asked me, ‘Why are you still touring like this?’ The only thing that is kind of hard for me sometimes is the travel part, going from the airports and all of that. Really, standing here, performing and singing to you, and when the lights are like this, I know sometimes it might bother you, I’m not sure, but I want to see your faces. I’m not an artist who just drops the curtain. It’s not me or you; it’s us together. And that you would come see me, I’m so appreciative of that,” she said before reflecting on more practical advice on how we can all look as fabulous when we reach our seventies.
“I just think that maybe the energy or the light is because I meditate every day. I find the time to sit and be quiet and let the path open up for me. And I don’t gossip. The negative stuff, I stay away from that. I try to eat clean. Eat well. I drink a lot of water. So it’s a blessing. I have wonderful children and grandchildren and they just bring such joy to me.”