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’.
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 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