Barb Murphy became a singer/songwriter and recording artist in her early 20’s. Throughout the years she has performed on many stages, large and small with a variety of established artists and local performers. Barb has worked back stage on different music festivals, benefit concerts and charities making friends with the people who are passionate about music in all areas is very important to her!
“There is nothing like being with a group of people who Love everything you Love about Music too!”
Chosen for her song writing style and ability by Roy Forbes aka ‘Bim’ and Bill Henderson she attended a song writing workshop with them, Shari Ulrich and other established and up and coming song writers.
While recording in Kelowna, BC studios, she formed the group “Barb Murphy & the Dolls” to promote her new singles. The group gained popular appeal, rapidly selling out her Pre-CD Song release and her continued recording acquired the attention of well established music industry icons.
" Hi Barb! You have a wonderful voice! I look forward to working together, let's do it. Good news! Spoke with **** (a music publisher from Nashville) & I told him about you he said yes, he'd like to hear the songs. Woo Hoo! Here's my plan, tell me if it's okay with you…….Whaddaya think? Have a great day!"
Best regards, BYRD Vocal Coach/Artist Development
THE VOICE ~ THE WINNER IS ~ AMERICAN IDOL ~ CANADIAN IDOL
From this encounter, Debra Byrd was able to put Barb Murphy’s songs in front of a young top charting band that are interested in recording one or more of her songs!
Working back stage with Dr. Hook, she became friends with a band member and bass player, Joey Z. Through that friendship, Barb Murphy had the opportunity to have a mixing ICON agree to mix one or more of her songs. “I’m looking forward to hearing your music! Jay Messina, Engineer West End Sound New York, NY USA www.jaymessina.com
Another back stage encounter and a decade of acquaintanceship, she was patted on the back for “Sing'le Life of Songs” compilation, “I've listened to your CD and I love it! It sounds really gooooood! Nice one.”
Mike Fraser, Mixing Engineer Warehouse Studios, Vancouver BC Canada www.mikefrasermix.com
“Love working with you Barb! You know what you want, you’re easy to work with, you’re professional in all you do and you’re great fun! Thanks for using me to Engineer your tunes and loved having you sing on my CD, ‘Everything and the Box it Came In”. With his relaxed demeanor and extreme professionalism mixed with his over the top talent, Barb Murphy quotes, “I have had the extreme delight and pleasure to work and become very dear friends with Jimmy LeGuilloux ….Love Jimmy!”.
Barb continues writing and recording as much as possible as well as supporting her daughter, CJ Boh, while owning and operating Murphy's Landing Cabin & RV Resort in the Kootenays. www.murphyslanding.ca
As one of Barb Murphy’s Dolls her daughter, Crystal “CJ”, has found much success with one of Barb Murphy’s original songs.
As quoted from www.cj.com :
“In 2012, CJ placed Top 20 out of 4 Countries (U.S.A, Canada, Europe, and Australia) in "Arbonne's Got Talent" as the only Canadian Singer/Songwriter with an original song, written by her mother Barb Murphy. Moving on to competing at the MGM Grande in Las Vegas, NV, in front of a live panel of celebrity judges, leveling the 18,000 in attendance with her rendition of Keith Urban's - "Someone Like You"; she placed Second Runner Up. In 2016, a close friend introduced her to Devine Taylor, Music Business Mentor & The Ultimate Management Group T.U.M.G, who connected her with multi-time CCMA- winning MCC Recording Studio, Dave Temple and Grammy-winning producer Johnny Gasparic (Calgary). MCC has a working relationship with her long time friend & Canadian Country Music success Gord Bamford, who is now involved on her projects. CJ released New Single 'Beat of the Night' written by Gord's writers in Nashville, Recorded at MCC Studios in Calgary with Musicians from the Road Hammers, Jann Arden's band and more ”
As a proud Mother she continues writing and recording. CJ and Barb Murphy are aiming at putting a few Mother & Daughter tunes together for all of you, hopefully in the near future. Meanwhile Barb Murphy is....still singing & writing!
She’s Blues, Rock, Country & a Hell of a lot of Soul ~ You're Hearin Janice Joplin, Feelin Etta James, Rockin with Sass Jordan & Hangin with Bonnie Raitt
'Sing'le Life of Songs' is being labeled as “amazing tunes” perhaps you will be left with these same sentiments, as some music enthusiasts in the business have said,
“She takes us back in time, just to bring us to the present.” …“I love the songs and I love listening to her voice…. and where did she get those backup singers?!” …“What an expression of Heart!”
"Pre-CD Release was Released and Performed at the Leland Hotel in Nakusp , BC Canada in July of 2008. "I come from a small town and I couldn't wait to have everyone hear what was going on...and They All Came Out! 200 Copies Sold Out!"
"Sing'le Life of Songs is..." a collection of broken hearts, incurable cravings, sweet moments & wishful dreams.
Unfulfilled dreams, loss, adversity, desperation and love pour out of every word. What you’ve hoped for, what you may have lost and what you may gain envelopes the heart of Barb Murphy’s songs.
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Barb Murphy - Lead Singer/Song Writer/Acoustic Rhythm/Keyboards Background Vocals/Producer
Crystal Murphy/Surina (aka CJ Boh Music) - Background Vocals
Sharon MP - Background Vocals
Pat Bellamy - Background Vocals
Great Musicians, Kelowna Bands & Friends:
Amy D Hundeby - Background Vocals on 3 songs
Ruth Allen-Ramirez – Promoter
The Young Uns':
Tim Reardon - Electric Lead/Acoustic Lead /Rhythm
Brad Krauza - Bass
Don Mutter - Drums
Zamboni Brothers :
Ken Heatherington - Electric Lead/Electric Rhythm
Graham Schofield - Acoustic Rhythm & harmonica
Les Bellamy – Bass
Jim Dupuis – Drums
Rick Zipp - Electric Lead/Rhythm
Brigitte - Hammond/Keyboards
Studio Musicians :
Josh Evans – Bass
Leon – Drums
Sylvain Vallee – Piano/Keyboards
Gordie Wade – Harmonica
Jimmy LeGuilloux – Lead guitar
Aaron Anderson – Drums
Jay Terrance - Drums
Andreas Shuld – Guitar, Bass and Keyboards
Engineer & Studios:
Co-Producer & Engineer -
Jimmy LeGuilloux at Tree Fort Studio, Kelowna BC
Jimmy LeGuilloux Studio, West Kelowna BC
Co-Producer & Engineer Pre-CD Teaser–
Tim Reardon, Vernon BC
Mixing & Mastering Engineer Pre-CD Teaser & Studio –
Jeff Long at Image Audio Studio, Vernon BC
Background Vocal Co-Choreographer –
Ken Heatherington at Holiday Park, Kelowna BC
Final Mixing & Mastering Engineer for the "Album" – Johnny Gasparic MCC Recording Studio, Calgary AB (Dave Temple President)
Final Mixing & Mastering Engineer for the Song "Do You Still Love Me" –
Jay Messina, Jay Messina Studio New York, New York
Final Mixing & Mastering Engineer for the Song "Bad Blues" –
Mike Fraser, Armoury Studio Vancouver BC