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At 22 years of age, Irish singer-songwriter-musician, Kurtis Murphy, has accomplished a lot. He has toured both sides of the Atlantic, started a band in the US (Folks & Ghosts), had that band chart at #9 in the singer-songwriter charts on iTunes Ireland and in the Top 250 in the singer-songwriter charts on iTunes USA in the same week, with no funding, and that’s only the past 6 months. When you factor in that he first picked up a guitar at 17, you start to get the impression that this guy works hard. With his high energy performances, fast paced guitar technique, beat driven pop/folk/rock cross-over sound, intelligent poetic lyrics, catchy hooks, stay-on-your-mind-all-day melodies and Irish charm, Kurtis has been enjoying a growing fan base and an increase in the pace in which he is climbing the music ladder of success. Every performance he gives it his all and leaves the stage sweating, tired, smiling and ready to talk and joke with any and all comers. It is this down to earth, working man's charm and personality that people respond to.
In a recent interview with a prominent music blog, iMusician.org had this to say about him:
"This musician is exceptional in every sense, and that is putting it mildly.
I would be very surprised if Kurtis didn’t make a huge impact in the States. He certainly has the style and talent to suit the majority of the US audience. He’s got a superb voice, amazing guitar technique and to top it all off, he has a subtle charm that the girls both sides of the pond will adore."
Upon his arrival in Nashville, TN from Dublin, Ireland, he met Wayne Degraw. Gavin Degraw's father and manager, Wayne's extensive experience in the music industry has proven invaluable to Kurtis. Wayne has taken Kurtis under his wing and as his manager, suggested recording an EP of the newer songs he has been writing. This is where things are today. When he mentioned online that he wished to record an EP, he found his fans willing to put their own money forward to help him do that. With this, along with some hard work, he recorded his EP at 3 Doors Down's Hendersonville studio, Rivergate Studios. With 24 hours to record, he, along with his recently formed band, Folks And Ghosts, recorded two EP's in 23 hours. His and theirs. A feat which the studio had never seen the likes of before, nor did they believe it could be done during pre-production meetings. That is the character of Kurtis Murphy though. The Irish belief that there is no point in which you give up and where there is a will, there is a way. Kurtis' personal story is full of instances when that belief has rung true.
Kurtis has spent a lot of time grooming himself, his sound, his knowledge of music and the industry that drives it. He has written over 180 songs and is prolific. He has written with fellow rising Irish artists such as Gavin James and Kasey Smith (Wonderland).He has attended show after show across the US and Europe and with each one he strives to learn something from it. He has spent time in the presence of writers such as Eric Paslay ("Even If It Breaks Your Heart"), Ray LaMontagne, Gavin Degraw, 3 Doors Down and Isaac Slade (The Fray), learning and honing his own writing talents, and it is paying off.
When it comes to goals, according to Kurtis, these are them:
"My passion is music. But I understand that success in music is not determined solely by passion, or determination, or will. My parents are both business people. I understand that music is a business and I want to learn that business. Success to me would be to have an audience to play to wherever I go who are willing to listen to what I have to say. One day, to have the same impact on a young kid, teen, man, woman or peer as the artists that inspire me have had on my life. To write a great song and instead of adding it to a list of possible songs to record when I have money, to know I can get into a studio and record with the best musicians in the world. To play the big venues, to have people in Ireland be proud of what I'm doing and how hard I've worked to get here and most importantly, to be able to take care of my family and show them how much all of their sacrifices to support me have meant to me, in more ways than I can now. Everything I do with music is working towards that, and I feel like I'm on the right path."
Kurtis has attracted the interest of some record labels, both major and indie. No one can say with much certainty what is to come a week from now, a month from now or a year from now. But with people like Wayne Degraw behind him, Kurtis is certainly on the rise and it is likely you'll be hearing about him soon. 2013 is a big year for this guy from a small town in Ireland."
You can check out Kurtis Murphy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kurtismurphymusic,
YouTube at youtube.com/musicianist7 &
Twitter at twitter.com/kurtismusiclive.