Mic Murphy

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Mic Murphy
Mic at a party in March 2011.
Background information
Birth nameMichael Austin Murphy
Born (1958-01-09) January 9, 1958 (age 61)
Raleigh, North Carolina
OriginNew York City
GenresR&B, Soul, Boogie, Synth-funk, Electro
Occupation(s)Singer, producer, songwriter, guitarist
Instrumentsvocals, guitar
Years activeEarly 1980s–present
Associated actsDavid Frank, The System, Tim K

Michael Austin "Mic" Murphy[1] (born January 9, 1958) is the lead singer/occasional guitarist of the successful 80's synth R&B duo the System. He is well known for singing the group's biggest hit, "Don't Disturb This Groove," a 1987 US # 1 Pop and R&B hit.


Murphy was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but he moved to Queens, New York at a young age. As a young musician, he was an early advocate of MIDI music technology.

Murphy was road manager for the band Kleeer in the early 1980s, and it was in this capacity that he originally met his future System bandmate, David Frank. The two soon joined forces and made an immediate impact with their first album as The System; the revolutionary single "You Are in My System" helped to usher in a new era of electronically based pop music.[2] Several years later, the group would score their major breakthrough with the aforementioned "Don't Disturb this Groove."

After The System went on hiatus at the end of the 1980s, Murphy briefly pursued a solo career. In 1991, he released his debut solo album Touch, which featured a minor R&B hit, "Fit to Be Tied."

His 2004 remix with writing partner Tim K of Lucy Woodward's "Blindsided", reached #1 on the Billboard Club Play Chart.[3] He was a featured vocalist on Home & Garden's 2007 album "Domesticated" released on Om Records produced by Tim K and Timothy Shumaker.[4]

Murphy recently teamed up with one-time Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five member Melle Mel to record the track, "Electro Soul Satisfaction."[5]


Solo albums[edit]

  • Touch (1991)

with The System[edit]


External links[edit]

Interview with Mic Murphy

Billboard bio

Mic Murphy Myspace

Answer.Com Article

MTV Biography

Artists Direct Mic Murphy

The System (David Frank) 2012 Audio Interview