An anthem, a mantra, and now …a lifesaver – “This is my song, my mission, my one beautiful purpose in my life. My honor.” – Gloria Gaynor

Christine Thompson talks to Gloria Gaynor about her new book “We Will Survive.”  Ms. Gaynor presented a select audience in Austin, Texas with excerpts from her the book  at the Gibson Guitar Showroom in Austin Texas.  Texas Grammy Chapter President Theresa Jenkins asked questions about Gaynor’s life and career. The appreciative audience was treated to a rendition of “I Will Survive,” accompanied by her Gaynor’s musical director Mark Baron on piano.

 

 

Gloria Gaynor’s #1 hit single “I Will Survive” debuted in 1978 to overwhelming success. Shortly thereafter, the single went double platinum and over three decades later still strikes a chord among men and women everywhere.

Over the years, the disco legend has received thousands of personal messages from adoring fans whose lives have been transformed by this timeless song. Their remarkable stories reveal that “I Will Survive” has reached people from all walks of life and touched their lives in thousands of unique ways. From individuals triumphing over illness to those suffering from the painful loss of a loved one to others piecing their lives together after bearing witness to national tragedy, “I Will Survive” has become an emotional anthem for them and for millions of Gaynor’s adoring fans around the world.

In We Will Survive, Gloria shares forty of these inspirational, true stories about survivors of all kinds — individuals who have found comfort, hope, and courage through the power of this one song.

Mark Baron, Gloria Gaynor,  and Theresa Jenkins

Mark Baron, Gloria Gaynor, and Theresa Jenkins

In 1978 fate struck in both tragic and triumphant ways for a young singer named, Gloria Gaynor. After a long and painful recovery from a spinal injury and extensive surgery, Gloria returned to the studio and recorded a then unknown original song entitled, “I Will Survive.” She instantly created an anthem of hope and empowerment for people all over the world.

Gloria relates, “Over the years I have been told countless stories regarding the wonderful effects ‘I Will Survive’ has had on people.” In the wake of the song’s success, messages of relief and happiness poured in from fans all over the world.

Now in celebration of the song’s iconic 35th anniversary the legendary singer and internationally acclaimed writer, Sue Carswell, present, “WE WILL SURVIVE,” a moving collection of forty true stories from fans who have triumphed over incredible adversity. Gloria adds, “I was inspired to write the book by the many fans who share with me stories where they were uplifted, encouraged, and empowered by the words of the song.”

For the first time, Gloria candidly recounts her own struggles on the way to her resounding success. Like the classic song that has touched so many people around the world, these stories will uplift and inspire.

 

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