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The Pulse of Entertainment: Grammy Winning Florence LaRue Says Live Your Life in ‘Grace in Your Second Act' NonFiction Book


(December 5, 2023) - "I've been writing the book for five years," said six-time Grammy winning Florence LaRue (The 5th Dimension) about the release of her first nonfiction book "Grace in Your Second Act: A Guide to Aging Gracefully" (WestBow Press) which provides her insight into aging gracefully, beauty and fitness tips, diet, attitude and more. "I never thought I'd write a book. People kept saying to me what do you do (to stay so vibrant at 81 years-old). I just encourage live your life."What a life Florence has led. At the age of 19 she joined a band called The 5th Dimension, with Billy Davis, Jr., Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore and Ronald Townson. She was Miss Bronze California when McCoo and McLemore found her. The 5th Dimension hit song "Up, Up and Away" garnered them five Grammy Awards. Their "Stoned Soul Picnic" single reached Gold status. The bands' hits carried them all over the world, constantly performing on stage and on television. The 5th Dimension earned 14 Gold records and three Platinum albums and sold over 35 million albums.

In 2001 after original members Townson died, McLemore retired, and Billy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn McCoo off were performing as a duo, Florence LaRue stepped up as the only remaining member to continued touring as The 5th Dimension. At the age of 81, LaRue is still touring with four other singers that take Townson, McCoo, McLemore, and Townson's place. In "Grace in Your Second Act..." she shares the experiences and lessons learned in the 58 years of performing and touring all over the world.

"Yes, I still tour with four other singers. I was in Baltimore at the University of Maryland speaking on my book," Florence added when I mentioned Baltimore is my hometown. "In the book I use some of my life experiences and knowledge learned."

LaRue said she is in transition in careers because she is not sure if by 90 years-old she will be able to continue to tour. She admitted to walking with a cane, but not because she needs it, at her age its for "just in case."

"My next book...will be on preparing for your second life," she pointed out as we talked about changing careers late in life, as I am doing. "Young people prepare financially, but don't prepare mentally and spiritually."

The "Grace in Your Second Act..." book is written along with Jenny Paschall and West Bow Press is a division of Thomas Nelson & Zondervan. Her experiences also include performing in a one-woman show "Just as I Am" and in the Canadian play "Mo Magic," and the cabaret show "Musique A LaRue," The great-grandmother of six sincerely wants all her readers to embrace life and age gracefully.

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Dr. Eunice Moseley has an estimated weekly readership of over one million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations and Business Management Strategist and Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore EVENTS: "Uplifting Minds II" Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 25th year. Next events are coming to Baltimore via Zoom Saturday April 20, 2024, presented by Security Square Mall and The Baltimore Times, and Los Angeles via Zoom Saturday, November 9 2024. The ULMII event is a free entertainment conference offering a Professional Industry Panel Q&A Session, a Professional Talent Showcase and National Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $19,000 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.comor to RSVP for Zoom Access at or email

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