My Interviews - Shaun Murphy


Shaun Murphy

©2012 By Bronson Herrmuth

Listen to my 2010 thirty minute interview with Shaun:   Part 1 of 3 (4.0 MB)     Part 2 of 3 (4.3 MB)     Part 3 of 3 (4.8 MB)

Shaun Murphy has had such an incredible career. Some of the very impressive list of artists and songwriters she has sang and/or toured with include: Bob Seeger, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, The Moody Blues, Phil Collins, Michael Bolton, Coco Montoya, Alice Cooper, Bruce Hornsby, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey, Maria Muldaur, including Television appearances with John Hiatt and Herbie Hancock. From 1993-2009, Shaun was lead singer with Little Feat and very early on in her career she starred on Broadway in the musical Hair and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band On The Road. In addition, she was signed to Rare Earth Records, a division of Motown Records as Stoney, with the act Stoney and Meatloaf, then later just as an artist in her own right.

Since relocating from Los Angeles to Nashville, Shaun Murphy has recorded and released 3 CD's. "Livin' The Blues", "Trouble With Lovin'", and her most recent CD/DVD release, "Live At Callahan's", which was recorded in Detroit, Michigan. A few notable quotes about Shaun include, "A truly great voice doing a pure blues album. Heaven!" - Bob Seger - "She brings heart and soul to the stage" - Coco Montoya - "Shaun's one of my favorite singers" - Bonnie Raitt - "A voice that's a gift from the heavens" - from Jimmy Hall.

When Shaun hits the stage, she takes it and makes it her own. Her voice is one of a kind and she owns every song she sings, like it was her creation which it becomes as she weaves and bends and sells it vocally and visually. She becomes the song, she lives and breathes the song, she is the song. You know you're listening to one of the best blues singers ever from her first note to her last. Her experience speaks for itself and Shaun captivates you with her performance, her lifetime of touring and living the life of a professional vocalist carries the day and she absolutely shines bright like the star she is.

I first met Shaun in 2010 on stage in Nashville at the Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar on Printers Alley. I was playing harmonica and it was all I could do to keep blowing my harp as she sang her heart out and captivated her audience song after song. I had the honor of interviewing Shaun a few days after that performance and it was one of the most enjoyable interviews I've done because she's such a special person, on and off the stage. Hearing her talk about all the places she has toured around the world, all the great artists, songwriters, performers that she's shared the stage with, all her years of paying her dues as a singer and entertainer. I had to ask her if she had any advise to share with the rest of us and she said, "Don't give up. I mean it's a hard world out there and it gets harder every day. You have to believe in yourself and be realistic and don't keep those rose colored glasses on to tight." Classic advise from a very classy lady who's destined to be one of the greats of our time, no doubt in my mind.

You can watch Shaun Murphy videos on Youtube, but what you really need to do is go out and see her live. Buy her CD's and you'll know immediately what I'm talking about as you listen to her outstanding voice and the great songs she writes and records. Show your support for her music and visit her on line at her web site, where you can see her tour dates and buy her merchandise. You won't be sorry, I promise, because she's as good as it gets in the world of blues music.

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