Chris Murphy (Australian singer)
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Murphy in 2014
25 March 1976 |
|Origin||Perth, Western Australia|
Starting piano lessons at age 11, he added guitar to his list of skills and began playing in his band, 'Murphy's Lore' at the age of 16. A member of the Western Australian band Murphy's Lore, he has led the group since its formation in 1993. During that period the band released three independent albums: People in Grass Houses (1995), Best Laid Plans (1999), and The Universe Conspires (2002). Murphy re-joined the band in 2014 where he is currently a full-time member.
Murphy's Lore has played most venues in Perth and have toured extensively north and south of the State as well as performing many high profile gigs around the country. Tours to Singapore and supports for legendary Australian acts such as Jimmy Barnes and Daryl Braithwaite have cemented their reputation as one of the most accomplished acts on the scene. Regular performances led to Murphy's inclusion on the Kevin Bloody Wilson live in the UK & Ireland 2004 tour.
Chris Murphy is best known to the nation for his performance of Evie (part 1) on Australian Idol (2006). Marcia Hines[who?] said it was "One of the most exciting performances we've ever seen on that stage" and Mark Holden[who?] awarded it a "Touchdown".
In 2008, Murphy was invited to do the West Australian leg of an Adam Brand/James Blundell tour as the opening act. This successful gig helped Murphy form strong friendships with both men that have resulted in the recording of two duets with Brand and Blundell, respectively, for a proposed Duets Album. Although as yet unreleased, “Two Of Us – The duets album” features the Travis Tritt song, “What Say You” by Murphy & Brand that has been included on Murphy’s latest solo album, Ghost Town and the Travelling Wilburys' song "Handle With Care" by Murphy & Blundell, which appeared on the 2014 EP Happy Boy.
During the latter half of 2010, Murphy and his backing band were selected for the nationwide tour support for Creedence Clearwater Revisited. Murphy successfully opened the show around the country to thousands of fans at venues such as the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Challenge Stadium (Perth), Rod Laver Stadium (Melbourne), and the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.
2014 saw Murphy support the Perth leg of the American kids show Yo Gabba Gabba!'s national tour as well playing bass in “The Angels 100%” Perth concert date.
Murphy has four solo albums released: Elbow Room (2005), Chris Murphy (2007), Look At This/Remember That – Tour Edition (2010), and Ghost Town (2016).
The Murphy Brothers also features with his brothers Kieran and 2004 Australian Idol Top 3 finalist Courtney. They have released the album “Thick As Thieves in 2013. In June 2016, Murphy opened the Perth dates of the Richard Marx tour to rave reviews. After the iTunes Country Chart toppers "The One", "Kid From The Country", and "Working For A Living", Murphy released the 4th single from the Zero Hour Records album Ghost Town, entitled "Not Like It Was Before", co-written by album Producer Michael Carpenter.
Australian Idol Performances
- Perth Auditions: "World and Universe" by Chris Murphy
- Theatre Round – Day Two Group Performance: "Beautiful Day" by U2
- Theatre Round – Day Three Solo Performance: "Cry in Shame" by Johnny Diesel
- Top 24: "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen
- Wildcard: "Holy Grail" by Hunters & Collectors
- Top 12 – Contestant's Choice: "Wish You Well" by Bernard Fanning
- Top 11 – Rock – "Is It Just Me?" by The Darkness
- Top 10 – No. 1 Hits: "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" by Phil Collins
- Top 9 – Contestant's year of birth: "Life in the Fast Lane" by Eagles
- Top 8 – Disco: "Play That Funky Music" by Wild Cherry
- Top 7 – Acoustic: "No More Lonely Nights" by Paul McCartney
- Top 7 – Up Close & Personal Special – "Diamond Days" by Chris Murphy
- Top 6 – Rock Swing: "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC
- Top 5 – Australian Music: "Evie Part One" by Stevie Wright TOUCHDOWN !
- Top 4 – Viewer's Choice: "Something Beautiful" by Robbie Williams
- Top 4 – Viewer's Choice: "Mean to Me" by Crowded House
- 1995: People in Grass Houses w/Murphy's Lore
- 1999: Best Laid Plans w/Murphy's Lore
- 2002: The Universe Conspires w/Murphy's Lore
- 2005: Elbow Room
- 2007: Chris Murphy
- 2010: Look at This/Remember That
- 2013: Thick As Thieves w/The Murphy Brothers
- 2014: Happy Boy (EP)
- 2016: Ghost Town