Jon Lee Murphy is a friend of mine. We have many things in common. We are both singer/songwriters who are born and raised in the South and who have spent many nights of our lives in various phases and on various stages throughout the world. We are both probably a little too sensitive about a few too many things, and would certainly rather laugh than cry. We are both very grateful for the many gifts we have received, especially the love of our families.
When he opens his mouth to sing, people stop what they’re doing and pay attention. Bodies begin to sway and the tribes come together.
I first saw Jon performing with one of his early bands years ago, and was startled by the sheer intensity, tone and limitless vocal range he possessed. In fact, Jon is such a charismatic vocalist you can easily forget how good of a guitar player and singer he is. I’ve been part of his audience many nights and have enjoyed the reactions of his listeners as much as the music itself. When he opens his mouth to sing, people stop what they’re doing and pay attention. Bodies begin to sway and the tribes come together. Jon feeds off the energy of his listeners, as all great musical artists do. I find his music infectious.
Much like a Baptist preacher, Jon clearly wants you to meditate on his lyrics, but he also wants you to shake it.
There is a very strong Rhythm and Blues element to Jon’s material, but also a very powerful soul influence. Much like a Baptist preacher, Jon clearly wants you to meditate on his lyrics, but he also wants you to shake it. Jon’s delivery comes across as if his life depends upon you getting the message. Perhaps that’s why his performances are so compelling. I can hear the echoes of soul great Al Green and even Teddy Pendergrass in Jon’s voice on a few numbers. Jon cites legendary rocker Tom Petty as a major musical influence on his work, but also his father who Jon sometimes performs with in the Apparitions.
Jon is an amp kid, a term used to describe the children of musicians who have grown up sitting on amplifiers , watching and absorbing valuable musical skills from their parents. Jon considers the influence of his fathers involvement in music, and its impact on Jon’s art immeasurable.
The color orange is a combination of yellow and red. Excitement, enthusiasm, warmth. The color of the Dali Llama’s robe. It is considered happy, bright and energetic. Compassionate. It is fitting that this is Murphy’s favorite color. It suits the man and his music.
Jon Lee Murphy has been called “The Future of Rock and Blues in our Area”. Hearing either of his superb bands live is the only way for you to see for yourself. I strongly suggest that you do.
Jon has two bands, currently, the Apparitions and the Hextones. Both are excellent and he has recorded several collections of original songs with both groups. You can find out more about them at jonleemurphy.com.