A consummate singer and entertainer, Gloria Loring is the
recording artist of the #1 hit song Friends and
Lovers, co-composer of television theme songs for
Facts Of Life
and Diff’rent Strokes, an audience favorite
from daytime TV’s Days Of Our Lives,
spokesperson for the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation, author of four books, including her new
release, Living With Type 2 Diabetes,
inspirational speaker and one of the few artists to sing two
nominated songs at the Academy Awards. Gloria Loring’s
energy, commitment and joy are absolutely contagious.
Gloria is currently on a press tour for her new book,
which includes an appearance on
The View where she spoke and sang about
her commitment to raise awareness and help people with
diabetes and other chronic diseases. She also just recorded
a new version of Peggy Lee's classic "Fever"
with saxophone phenomenon Jimmy Sommers, and hosted and
sang on a Holiday PBS special live from the Dorothy Chandler
Pavilion. Performing at Sheryl Lee Ralph's
Simply Singing, she stopped the show cold and
was booked for next year before the curtain came down. In
addition, she has recorded her first meditation CD,
Body, Breath and Mind, launched a new
production company, "Maybe It's Today," and is
developing More Friends, More Lovers, a
recording of duets and ballads in honor of the 20th
Anniversary of Friends and Lovers.
With nine albums to her credit, Loring has performed in
concert all over North America, Europe and
Australia. Her performances prompt reviews from
critics, such as the one written by Don Heckman of the
Los Angeles Times, "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 Barbra
Streisand." Gloria has shared the stage with George
Carlin, Billy Crystal, Bill Cosby and Al Jarreau. She’s
starred in musicals, movies of the week and television
specials, and has hosted television shows and live events.
Her two new musical shows draw from her own life, with
themes that come from her heart and experience. One of
her performance vehicles, Gloria Loring
"Throws It Down," is inspired by the music of her
family; a hybrid of the classic rock she grew up with,
combined with the big band swing of her parents, mashed up
with some sexy R&B inspired by her Grammy-nominated son,
With the same bravado that rap stars, dance contestants,
and American Idols battle for musical supremacy,
Gloria Loring’s Stomping at the Savoy serves
up the flavor and fervor of the most magical night in big
band swing: the night that Benny Goodman’s band first
played Carnegie Hall, while in Harlem, Count Basie and Chick
Webb squared off in the ultimate battle of the bands,
fronted by vocal greats Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.
On the lecture circuit, Gloria Loring presents a unique
musical-motivational seminar: Turn the Page.
Combining biographical anecdotes and personal growth insight
with her original music specifically written for the
self-improvement genre, Gloria speaks from a diverse menu of
topics and programs, ranging from health and business to
entertainment and spirituality.
Gloria is known as a fierce advocate for those living
with chronic illness. She is an certified yoga
instructor and an articulate champion of bio-medical
research. When her son was diagnosed with diabetes at
age four, she created and self-published two volumes of the
Days Of Our Lives cookbook. Those books,
along with her recording A Shot in the Dark,
raised more then one million dollars for diabetes research.
She followed that success with two commercially published
books, Kids, Food and Diabetes and
Parenting a Child with Diabetes.
Her newest book, Living with Type 2 Diabetes: Moving
Past The Fear, written with Dr. Timothy Gray, will
be released this summer. She was also just honored with the
Founders Award from the National Disease Research
Interchange for her lifetime work in Diabetes.
Honored with the Lifetime Commitment
from JDRF and the 1999 Woman of Achievement
Award from the Miss America Organization, Loring is
listed in the World Who’s Who of Women and
Who’s Who in America.
In her community, Gloria devotes her time and experience as
President of the Lake Arrowhead Foundation for the
Creative and Performing Arts. She is married to
Emmy Award-winning art director and production designer,
René Lagler, and lives in Southern California.
Books:Living with Type 2 Diabetes, April 2006