Michael Murphy (singer)

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Michael Murphy
Born (1986-09-04) 4 September 1986 (age 30)[1]
Origin Taupo, New Zealand[1]
Genres Pop/Rock
Occupation(s) Singer/Actor
Instruments Singing
Years active 2004–present
Labels BMG
Associated acts 5star Fallout, Written By Wolves

Michael Murphy (born Michael Sean D'Arcy Murphy on 4 September 1986, in Taupo, New Zealand)[1] is a singer and runner-up winner of the 2004 New Zealand Idol (NZ Idol).[2] He was ultimately beaten by Ben Lummis, who became his friend over the course of the contest.

After NZ Idol, Michael Murphy had signed to BMG records.[2] Murphy's first single debuted at No. 1 and stayed a while at the top of radio charts.[2] He gained a gold status for No Place to Land, his debut album. He then toured New Zealand, singing to sold-out audiences.[2] With 5star Fallout, Michael toured New Zealand, the U.S. and English pubs.[2]


Murphy was persuaded to enter the New Zealand Idol by his mother, Nikki.[citation needed]

5star Fallout[edit]

In 2006, Murphy joined his 4 former Deadset bandmates to form the band 5star Fallout,[2] with him as the lead singer. The band released a single, "Seasons", that has been well received by fans.[citation needed] The song won the "ZM deathmatch" seven times in a row.[citation needed] The band broke up a few years later.[citation needed]


Murphy appeared in the Theatre Company's production of RENT at the civic theatre in Auckland.[3]

Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park[edit]

Murphy performed in the 2010 Christmas in the Park concert in Christchurch on 27 November and in Auckland on 11 December 2010, as one of 3 years performing the Christmas concerts.[2] He performed "Rock'n'roll Christmas", "Livin' on a Prayer", and "Why Does Love Do This To Me" during these events.[citation needed]



Date of Release Title Label Charted Country Catalog Number
2004 Homegrown
with the NZ Idol 2004 finalists
#3 (Gold) New Zealand
2004 No Place to Land BMG New Zealand #22 (Gold) New Zealand
2007 Say Goodnight Charta Records Limited New Zealand


Year Single Album Charted Certification
2004 "Yesterday Was Just The Beginning of My Life"
with the finalists of NZ Idol.
Homegrown #4 (NZ) Gold (NZ)
2004 "So Damn Beautiful" No Place to Land #1 (NZ) Gold
2005 "Music Without A Song" No Place to Land Did Not Chart -
2005 "How Good Does It Feel?" No Place to Land Did Not Chart -


  • For the rest of Murphy's albums and singles in his group, see 5star Fallout.

Songs performed on NZ Idol[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Michael Murphy (NZ Idol) - Songs", LetsSingIt.com, webpage: LSmm.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Michael Murphy - Performers - Coca Cola Christmas In The Park" TV3.co.nz, 2013, webpage: TV3-969.
  3. ^ "The show". RentAuckland.co.nz.

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