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Seasoned soul/gospel vocalist, Shirley Murdock, has been on a journey.
Back in the `80s, she aimed for a gospel career before Roger Troutman, funk bandleader for the group Zapp snagged Murdock a record deal with Elektra Records where she recorded Top 10 R&B hits such as “As We Lay,” “Go On Without You,” “Husband” and “In Your Eyes.” Then, in 1999, evangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes took Murdock under his wing and had her sing on his #1 CD, Sacred Love Songs. Since, then, she’s toured in gospel stage plays and recorded gospel hits like “I Love Me Better Than That.”
Now, Murdock has realized a lifelong dream of recording her first live CD/DVD, Live: The Journey (Tyscot Records). Aside from writing or co-writing all twelve songs, Murdock also made the project distinctive by including duets with her industry pals Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Beverly Crawford on the soulfully sanctified project.
On the set, Murdock showcases congregational praise and worship songs like the up-tempo “He is God,” the Mardi Gras-flavored “Rejoice Come On” and the down-tempo, “Lord, You Reign.” A fan of Murdock, Kelly Price (who enjoyed a hit with a remake of “As We Lay”), joins her for the tender, “Keep Lovin’ Me.” Murdock infuses “It’s In Your Hands” and “The Word” with her R&B roots. Regina Belle shines on the jazzy, “The Upward Way.” Beverly Crawford and Murdock rock the traditional, “He Is The Rock.” The track “God Can Do Anything” percolates with spunky funk while “Winner In Me” and “Dream” are inspiring anthems. All the ladies – Price, Belle and Crawford – come together with Murdock for the rousing closing song, “Someday.” Throughout, the highlight of the project is Murdock’s vocal technique, a unique blend of jazz scatting and church runs, that never fail to bring unique verve and character to each song.