‘Ms Murphy’ is back to get everybody grooving to her second sensational EP, Stride. The inimitable Ms Murphy is heading on an East Coast tour in support of the EP and first single “Don’t Let It Go”, and fans can expect the same explosive and soulful performances that propelled her into the finals of The Voice 2013.
The Stride tour will give audiences a rare chance to experience Ms Murphy’s powerhouse vocals backed by a dynamic band, in some of our country’s best live music venues. Three of these dates see Ms Murphy on the exclusive bill to play at Australia’s first ever SoulFest, alongside jazz and hip hop veterans Maxwell, D’Angelo and Common.
Since captivating the nation as a finalist in Ricky Martin’s team, the undeniably talented vocalist has toured both in support of Martin as well as solo, appeared on national TV programs such as Rockwiz and The Today Show, and scored herself a coveted spot on the iTunes Top 10 charts with last year’s EP White Dress and The Spirit. As well as having a sold out national tour in 2014.
For the naturally shy Karen Andrews, it’s been an adjustment. That’s how the moniker ‘Ms Murphy’ came about. It originally was a femme fatale character that soldiers drew on bombs before dropping them. This translates literally in Ms Murphy’s transformation into a world-class knockout performer when on stage.
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Like all popular and respected musicians, Ms Murphy has her own league of dedicated fans, affectionately known as The Love Tribe. Their unyielding requests for more from their favourite artist encouraged her throughout the creative process. “These new tracks are hopeful and speak of overcoming times in my life when I have been tried and tested,” Ms Murphy explains. “The lyrics revolve around loss, which I’ve learnt leads us to find out how strong we actually are. Life experiences that are isolating are the very thing that connect us all.”
Perfectly paired with writing partner and ARIA award-winning producer Jan Skubizsewski (Cat Empire, Phrase, ILLY), Ms Murphy has come a long way since starting out as the musical director of her church. Now, after being catapulted into the well-deserved national spotlight, she continues to do what she does best, taking it all in her stride!
History in Brief
In the lead up to Ms Murphy’s performances on The Voice, it was in a hall – a church hall – that Ms Murphy discovered the depths of voice. As a young woman she dedicated herself to gospel hymns and was called upon to lead the church band as Music Director from 2007 – 2012.
The duty was a natural fit. The responsibility became, in large part, Ms Murphy’s musical education. It gave her the confidence to send in her audition tape to The Voice season 2 in 2013.
After reaching the Top 8 on The Voice, she was given the opportunity to go on tour with Ricky Martin and had the privilege of singing at a fundraiser for the Murdoch foundation. She was also lucky enough to work with Lance Ferguson, the brains and heart behind soul band, The Bamboos. Ms Murphy’s first EP “White Dress and The Spirit” comprised five songs recorded with Lance Ferguson, including two tracks the pair wrote together. It peaked in the top 10 on iTunes.
After the release of her EP White Dress and The Spirit, Ms Murphy went on to do a sold out national tour in 2014. She was also fortunate enough to sing the Australian National Anthem on Anzac day in New Zealand for the AFL.
Ms Murphy has also been asked to join Soulfest, with international soul artists Maxwell, Aloe Blacc and many others. Her second EP “STRIDE” is set to be released and her national tour starts in October.
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Life after the Voice
As another class of hopefuls audition for the third series of The Voice, soul powerhouse Ms Murphy is launching her debut EP, White Dress and The Spirit.
Championed by Ricky Martin, the shy and quiet Karen Andrews became the commanding Ms Murphy last year and one of a handful of finalists signed to Universal last year.
“I just wanted to get some work really so I threw myself out there, so to go beyond that and get signed and go on tour with Ricky, wasn’t anything I expected,” she said. She was cleverly paired with musician and songwriter Lance Ferguson and his band The Bamboos for the EP
Her first launch show in Sydney on Thursday has already sold out, buoying her hopes for a career beyond the show.
“The timing with everything is very important, this could be my only shot,” she said.
“I wanted to make sure I am doing everything I possibly can to make the biggest impact with the exposure and opportunities the show gave me.”
She has gone with a cover of the Little Dragon hit Ritual Union to introduce the EP and is confident there is an audience in Australia for her particular brand of funky soul.
Her supportive legion of fans she calls the Love Tribe have remained loyal seven months after she left the show and fellow finalists including Mitchell Anderson have proven to be valuable confidantes.
While The Voice discoveries have struggled to match the post-career highs of The X Factor finds, Ms Murphy is hopeful there is a musical life after reality television.
“The Australian music industry has definitely changed with reality shows like The Voice and the influx of artists coming through,” she said. “All I know is I have been working hard as a musician for a long time in a different world and I needed to break through.” Her fellow finalists are also working hard behind the scenes to continue their careers. Australia’s first Voice winner Karise Eden spent time song writing in Los Angeles last year and is expected to start on her second record within the next few months.
Luke Kennedy has been teamed with acclaimed composer David Hirschfelder for his post-Voice record while Celia Pavey is writing with Boy and Bear member Tim Hart for her debut EP.
Caterina Torres will also release a debut EP and Emma Birdsall continues to develop her debut record with American hit makers and local stars Josh Pyke and Megan Washington. Rachael Leahcar has been the most consistent artist since the show and is already working on her third record.
Michael Paynter launched his single Weary Stars this week and heads out on a national tour to support the album of the same name in February.
The Voice is expected to return for its third series after Easter with the inaugural Voice Kids screening afterwards.
Please Ms. We want more
Ms Murphy was one of the real voices on The Voice last year. She has one of those authentic sounds you hear and even through the gloss of TV, you can tell she’s lived and loved. It’s precisely the voice you can’t manufacture, coach or autotune, it just has to be there, and it’s spread thick all over this debut EP. Yes, there’s only five tracks. We’re not sure why either. Let’s focus on it as a taster, rather than a nervous label testing the waters of consumer demand.
There’s been a master stroke in putting Ms Murphy in with Lance Ferguson of soul kings ‘The Bamboos’.
There are only two songs here, but hopefully they’re somewhere working on more tunes right now. “Want my love” is a disco throwback, with ’70s grooves deep in its DNA. And, make no mistake, this is Ms Murphy’s sweet spot as a vocalist
Then “Nobody else’s” lush retro soul makes Bruno Mars sound like Kraftwerk.
It reminds you that Ferguson is one of this country’s best occasionally-tapped talents. It’s a Voice release, so by TV law there must be some covers. But Ms Murphy isn’t going out like that. The lead track sees quirky Swedish electro act Little Dragon’s “Ritual union” reborn. Keyboards and moodiness are replaced by big, Brass horns and line instruments.
It’s a triumph. In case you missed her influences, there’s Billie Holiday’s “Tell me more and more and more and then some”, done with the passion and joy of someone who has sung it endlessly. See also her take on Earth, Wind and Fire’s hit “Can’t hide love”.
Now a full album please. Sooner rather than later.
“She is one of the most original and dignified talents to emerge in Australian popular entertainment in a long time. She manages to be both imperial yet vulnerable.”!
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD!
“It’s precisely the “a voice you can’t manufacture, coach or auto tune, it just has to be there” !
CAMERON ADAMS, HERALD SUN, 4 STARS!
“Commanding and brilliant!!”!
KATHY MCCABE, DAILY TELEGRAPH!
“Ms Murphy is on an inspiring and passionate musical journey. A Must see”!
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