The William Murphy Project
Some voices are so rich, so soulfully textured, so expressive, that you really don’t mind what they sing, as long as they sing. But when the singing is Gospel, well it’s just over the top.
You say you’re going through changes
Such is the case with William Murphy III. Previously heard on Fred Hammond's Revival in the House (see album review) and other projects, Murphy also sang lead on “All Hail The Power” on Bishop Clarence McClendon's Shout Hallelujah project (see album review).
His independently-produced debut as The William Murphy Project, is a dazzling solo entry. Titled Changes, Murphy sings on every song and also reveals himself to be an awesome talent as a songwriter and lyricist.
Murphy’s story is one of unfettered praise, of existing to glorify God. It’s this prominent theme that is woven throughout his work. Lyrically, it's evident on songs such as “Created to Worship” and the testimony-laden “I Know Why I’m Here”. But beyond lyrics, Murphy infuses this theme into the intimacy of his music, his production and his tone.
Joining him instrumentally, and fitting that same vibe, is a tight crew with some familiar names: Myron Bell (Deitrick Haddon, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, The Whitfield Company) on drums, André Smith (Lexi) on bass, and various others including Dana Davis, Shannon Davis (both having worked with Commissioned) and DeVaughn Murphy. Marvin Travis’ acoustic guitar adds warmth to several songs.
Shekinah Glory Ministry CD
The double-CD from Shekinah Glory Ministry features William Murphy III on the hit title track single, "Praise Is What I Do". Also written by Murphy and backed by the church choir, the cut is beyond powerful.|
Minister Cedric Ford also ministers on the 22-song praise and worship project, with musical director Daniel Weatherspoon at the helm.
Supporting vocally is a small ensemble who stay focused in the background, offering just the right touch of emphasis at just the right times.
Sometimes only one singer is required for that, such as on the two-part “Open Your Eyes / Let Me Love” where Kayla Parker joins in with Murphy. With minimal instrumentation, the song speaks to us with the tender voice of God.
Other highlights are the soul drives on “No Secret” (with a great bass line) and on the powerful testimony of “Changes”. Here the words are:
But you say you want to change
But in order to change
You’ve got to go through some changes
So I started reading the Word of God
To feed my spirit man
Now I know I can do anything through Jesus
Although I’m going through changes
I don’t have worry
Cuz in my weakest times
Your strength will be revealed
Lord, I’m glad you’re mine.
Rounding out the project is the urbanified “Crazy Praise” with rapper DeVaughn Murphy spinning his tight flow into place.
So if you really want some fresh and anointed soul grooves, then Changes from The William Murphy Project would certainly be it.
Judging from the promise shown on this project, we'll be hearing plenty more from this artist in the future.
Producer: William Murphy III, DeVaughn Murphy
album release date: September, 2001
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