Friday, August 10, 2012

Blown away by Maureen Murphy

Kristi and I had the pleasure of getting to hear R&B artist Maureen Murphy perform at Douglas Corner last night.
...Long pause...to catch my breath.
Now I know we all have our opinions and they are tainted/formed by past experience. And to preface this bold statement I am about to make, I'll remind you I have been a singer/songwriter, drummer, guitarist, musician and music lover for 40-something years. I have heard some great vocals in my time. But I have to say that Maureen's performance last night was probably the best live vocal performance I have ever witnessed. There were moments during one of her songs that I had chills and tears at the same time.
I think what hit me the most was her humble nature, but she still had complete command of the stage, the audience and her band. She was authentic, believable, powerful and vulnerable all at the same time. She sang from the soul and that is ultra rare. I swear I had a spiritual moment during her singing, "I won't be around". Vocally it was flawless, but she has that indescribable quality that takes it to a whole other level.

Unbelievable Maureen! I highly, highly recommend buying her 3-song EP by clicking this link. Thank you for giving us an amazing performance last night. I feel truly blessed to have been there.

Peace and love,

Phil

4 comments:

Berry Ladd said...

Maureen Murphy is a Diamond in the rough of Nashville, it was an Honor to have her appear on Nashville Flipside, and the Machine is on of the tightest bands in Nashville

Phil Bennett said...

You are right Berry! It was nice meeting you too! What a wonderful night!!

Unknown said...

Phil-
Just wanted to let you know that I use Maureen on ALL of my publishing demos.
My wife and I live in LA, but most all of our material goes to Nashville. Several years ago I was in need of a new female vocalist, so a friend of mine suggested I check-out 'demosingers.com'. Well, I waded-through about a dozen singers, none of which did it for me. Last on the list was Maureen. (Mind you, I was in bed with an iPad) So, I clicked-on 'Won't Be Around'. Holy Moley! I sat straight-up and yelled to my wife, (the songwriter) I found her! I had only listened to the intro of the tune . . . that's all that I needed. Since then, Maureen has become a close friend and I can attest to her, as you say, "She was authentic, believable, powerful and vulnerable all at the same time. She sang from the soul and that is ultra rare. I swear I had a spiritual moment during her singing, "I won't be around". Vocally it was flawless, but she has that indescribable quality that takes it to a whole other level."

Maureen has made our songs and publishing catalog worth gold.

Michael Huey / HueyTunes

Phil Bennett said...

Thanks Michael! I am in the process of writing a song with her in mind. I was so inspired by her voice the first time I heard it as well. Great artists have a way of inspiring listeners. She is definately awesome!

Thanks for reading!

Phil

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