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Shaun Murphy Biography
I found my way to the Blues stage at the first (1969) Ann Arbor Blues Fest
and was completely smitten. Getting to play at such an important milestone festival had my head spinning. That was my awakening to the Blues, and I couldn’t have been among a better line-up: Son House, Muddy Waters, BB King, Freddy King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and the list went on and on.
Solidified into the Detroit music scene, I found my calling, but it was to be a bit elusive, while I continued my music education over the years, I was also free to pursue another of my loves, acting, where I was able to snag two different life-changing musical plays: Hair
and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band On The Road
, appearing in both of the Broadway productions. Having been in Hair
afforded me the opportunity to land a recording contract with Motown Records
, along with Meatloaf
, to record our duo album Stoney And Meatloaf
Right after the recording of the record, Stoney and Meatloaf
moved out to Los Angeles taking me with them. After a short stay in LA, I got back in touch with Bob Seger’s
manager, Punch Andrews, and it just so happened, Bob was, again, looking for a singer. So I headed back to the music scene I was so familiar with, Detroit. Starting with the recording of Katmandu
, under the pseudonym, Stoney
. I was in Detroit and, again, working with Bob and his band; The Borneo Band
, along with some of the Silver Bullet
boys, Chris Campbell, Alto Reed, and Drew Abbott, and throw in a couple of Tulsa boys: Jamie Oldaker and Dick Sims, along with my pal Marcy Levy.
When Bob Seger
decided to take some time off the road, I was contacted again by my old friend, Marcy Levy, (of Leon Russell and Eric Clapton fame) that Eric Clapton
was doing a record with Phil Collins
producing, and would I be interested in coming to Montserrat
to record the backing vocals on his ‘Behind The Sun’
album. The experience was thrilling; to get back to my roots, and with the ‘guitar god’ himself. I, of course, said yes! We recorded this great record, and after the second song, Eric
asked me if I’d like to do the tour, it was too good to be true, not only that, but the following tour as well!
Back on the road with Seger
, with hardly a couple of weeks off from Clapton
, with his 86 tour, I met up with Bill Payne and Fred Tackett, two of the members of the legendary band Little Feat
. As tours go, making friends comes easy and when the tour was over, Bill Payne asked me to record some things on their new re-grouped band’s CD, Let It Roll, Representing The Mambo, and Shake Me Up as a backing vocalist.
I went on to tour with Seger
to the present, with some other tours along the way, with such notables as Bruce Hornsby, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey
, and The Moody Blues
, with Television appearances with John Hiatt
and Herbie Hancock
I found myself back in Feat camp, and they asked me to join as a full member in 93’, and for the next nearly 16 years, it was my home. Till recently parting with my long-time cohorts, I then realized, I’d come full circle back to where I started, in the world of the Blues, wanting to take my place alongside some of my favorite idols; Koko Taylor, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton
, and Big Maybelle
, paying special homage to Miss Taylor and Miss James on my first solo CD, 'Livin’ The Blues'
I’ve had the honor of including some of my friends from the road on my following CD’s: Bekka Bramlett
, (Fleetwood Mac) Mike Finnigan
, (Taj Mahal, & Bonnie Raitt) Johnny Neel
, (Allman Bros.) Jim Horn
, (George Harrison, Elvis, etc.) Kenny Greenberg
, (Kenny Chesney) Danny Pelfrey
, (Aretha, Diana Ross, etc.) and Laura Creamer, Barbara Payton
, as well as the Motor City Horns (Bob Seger)
In 2013, I was honored to be a double Bluesblast Music Awards
winner with 'Best Female Blues Artist Of The Year'
, and 'Best Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year'
for my release of 'Ask For The Moon'
I was thrilled to receive!! I released 'Cry Of Love'
, featuring some of my favorite songs I've been wanting to do for a long, long time. Then 'Loretta'
in 2015, my most Blues-rock CD to date, peppered with lots of original tunes. In 2016 I released 'It Won't Stop Raining'
that ran the gamut from Blues, Rock, to Gospel. 2017 brings my next CD: 'Mighty Gates'
, with my touring band, again featured on this CD, lots of originals, and a few from favorite singers of mine.
I heard the song 'Reason To Try'
and was really knocked out by it. There and then I knew I had to record it! Little did I realize how captivating it would become after we decided to name the new CD as such, it seems to have taken on a life of its own.....it's a song written by the great Danny Flowers
, most of you will recognize, at least one of his legendary songs; Living On Tulsa Time
. I saw him sing it at one of the venues in Nashville on a night I was there. I was, and still am speechless, about his performance. That was all I needed to know, it was going to be on the next CD!!! Every tune on this CD was hand-picked to bring something to the table; emotion, fun-loving jests, and a pull at the heartstrings for everyone. I'm am so proud of my band; Tom DelRossi, John Marcus, Kenne Cramer, Tommy Stillwell, Eric Robert
, and Kevin McKendree
for all the incredible work they've done. Thank you guys for always being there!!!!!
This year, I was so excited to be the recipient of 'Best Traditional Blues Song Of The Year'
for the title track of my CD; 'Reason To Try'
, from Making A Scene Magazine
My latest CD; 'Flame Still Burns'
is a collection of some of my favorite Blues songs, some cool soulful tunes that hold a special place in my heart.
I've got my wonderful band on this album as well: Tom DelRossi
; Drums, John Marcus
; Bass, Kenne Cramer
; Guitar, Tommy Stillwell
; guitar, Eric Robert
; B3, Kevin McKendree
This CD's title is the way I feel about what I do, and I don't ever want that flame to go out!!