Tim Murphy Biography
Tim Murphy is best known for his self-penned hit song, ‘Bottom of The Fifth’ which was voted into the 2002 , 45th Annual Grammy Awards in two categories: Best Country Song and Best Country Male Vocal Performance. Add to this; three Top-40 hits, a top-ten single, a video which claimed the number one spot on ICE-TV (Independent Country Express), a new deal with T&T Management & Booking Agency plus a Five-Star rating on his newest CD compilation, ‘Ain’t No Shame’ which hosts the debut chart-climbing singles, ‘Wild Wild West’ and the new version of ‘Burn Me Down’.
In November 2006 he was voted Top Male Country Artist by New Music Weekly at the NMW Awards held at the Avalon in Hollywood, CA. This was right along the side of Carrie Underwood who won Top Female Country Artist. In February 2007 an exciting new video for ‘Burn Me Down’ was filmed and released. Currently Tim is #1 in the Indie Country Charts plus high numbers in other charts like Music Row, R&R and Texas. You could say that Tim Murphy is a man on a mission and he is at the top of his game!
How ironic that Tim, with a successful foothold in the country music business, would find himself on a long, winding path that would lead him straight back to his roots, his friends and most rewarding of all, back to his family. Tim, who is always eager to step up to the plate and help others in need, has volunteered his talents for many events such as a Tsunami Relief concert, Make-A-Wish, Katrina Benefits, Lacy Peterson and the Ricky Dickerson Benefit in Sacramento, CA and even singing the National Anthem for September 11th Victims.
Tim has had the honor of recently sharing the stage with such performers as Jo Dee Messina and Tracy Byrd and Ghost Riders at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana. He also recently performed on the Morning Show which is hosted by Kay Bain in Tupelo, MS and watched by many people in Northeast Mississippi.
Previously Tim has opened for acts like Trick Pony, Montgomery Gentry, Lila McCann, Freddy Fender, Restless Heart and Shannon Brown, just to name a few. His style, his candor and his classic cowboy charm seems to leave audiences feeling more like family than fans. His heart-felt, soulful voice resonates with the honesty and purity of the classic country stars of yester-year while he delivers the goods with the vibrant and youthful energy of today’s superstars!
This California native, one of six kids in a blue collar, Irish-Catholic household was always the one hamming it up at family gatherings and parties, complete with his three younger sisters as backup singers. Tim first heard his future heroes and musical influences, George Jones, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, listening to his dad’s records. He mixed all that up with his older brothers’ collection of the Eagles, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr. to construct something that has come to be known as ‘Murph Music’.
After singing demo’s in Nashville for five years, Tim Murphy was signed to Capitol Records in 1995 by CEO, Scott Hendricks (also, the producer of Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Faith Hill and John Michael Montgomery). Before their project was released to radio, in true Nashville form, Mr. Hendricks was replaced by a new CEO with his own regime and a whole new roster of artists leaving Tim surrounded by a label full of non-believers. So, after a four-year stint on a major, Tim bounced over to newly-formed independent label, Raven Records. He finished the project and released his self-penned debut single, ‘Bottom of The Fifth’; which received rave reviews and was voted into the 2002 Grammy Awards for nominations in two categories: Best Country Song and Best Male Vocal Performance.
“My story isn’t all that different from a lot of artists,” exclaims Tim. “It’s a long hard journey no matter which path you choose to follow in life. I don’t know if I chose music or if music chose me. But, I know one thing, this really is my story, my life is in these songs. And the greatest gift of all is that I get to share them with the world. I feel truly blessed. We did a show in Sacramento one time. I sang ‘Good Hands’ which I wrote about the loss of my sister who was killed during a violent crime. A lady came up and told me about the recent loss of her brother and how she couldn’t seem to cry. She couldn’t accept the fact that he was really gone until she heard the song. She said, ‘thank you for helping me to let go!’ We held each other and just cried right there in front of everyone. She emails me now every other week and we help each other get thru things. Sometimes making music goes way beyond just making music.”