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Published on September 26th, 2017 | by Jerry Doby

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Branan Murphy Interview

Branan Murphy has had an incredible 2017 hitting the charts with his debut single All The Wrong Things a collab with “The Voice” Season 8 finalist Koryn Hawthorne. Murphy’s latest joint, Enough is a full service piece and def playlist worthy. If you enjoy sonic nuances, here ya go:

Here’s the official line on Branan Murphy and his rising star!

Murphy burst onto the national scene earlier this Summer with his chart-topping debut single, “All The Wrong Things,” “The Voice” Season 8 finalist and RCA Inspiration recording artist Koryn Hawthorne joins Murphy on the single and the single also features a rap bridge written and performed by Murphy himself.

This pop recording artist and singer-songwriter got noticed he released SMPLFY, a mixtape showing off his skills as a vocalist, rapper, songwriter and producer. Piquing the interest of several record labels, Murphy ultimately signed with Sony Music Entertainment’s Provident Label Group.

“I write songs about what it’s like to be human,” Murphy shares. “We are all complex people. We have struggles. We have contradictions. We have deep desires. We’re all seeking to be loved, understood and satisfied. My songs attempt to capture those deep emotional, even spiritual, yearnings we have as human beings. The bottom line is that I want to make great art, but most of all I want to be honest. I want to sing about what people are really going through.”

The Hype Magazine got Murphy to weigh in on a few things

Tell us about your current project!

My new single “Enough” is one I am very proud of, and I am hyped for people to hear it! I worked with Jordan Sapp, who is one of the dopest producers there is – you’ll see! It’s a song that means a lot to me, and I think a lot of people can relate. We are so quick to forget our first love. Life happens and you look back wondering, “How did I get here? Things used to be so good!” We are always hustling, trying to chase down the next thing in life thinking it will be the thing to satisfy us, and all along we are blinded to being happy with who or what we do have. The song is about keeping it real with that struggle.

Do you feel your current project is the best introduction to you as an artist?

Yes, most definitely. I think the song showcases my voice well. I use a lot of different vocal styles throughout the song, so I like displaying that versatility. Also, I get to show my passion because I love the content, the production really hits, the vibe is crazy, there are progressive elements to the song that help me say to the world I’m bringing something new… So much about it is who I want to be as an artist, and I think it’s special to have all of that in one song.

What is the music landscape in your neck of the woods?

It’s growing. I love where I live – Raleigh, North Carolina. We call it the Triangle (Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill) because of how closely connected three cities are. There is a lot of talent across the Triangle, a lot of diverse talent, no doubt. I think the music culture is not yet what it could be because we need to do more to unify the artists, the talent, the creativity. So, I am hoping that my success helps to strengthen that culture and unify the artists here. I love my city and I want to be a blessing to the arts longterm here in my city, across our country, and to the world. That’s a legacy I want to leave.

What’s on your horizon to finish 2017 and make your 2018 amazing?

I am always creating, always writing. Lab work is crucial and I can’t ever shut it off! I have some club dates this fall, working on tour stuff for 2018. I want to be with the people! Hopefully I will be playing live near you soon. And I’m hoping to have an EP or LP in the early part of 2018 as well.

What’s been your CRAZIEST “Where they do that at?! Or “WTF?!” moment thus far in your career?

I don’t know if it’s the craziest thing, but I was thinking about how just three years ago, when I was an independent artist, I had a band that traveled with me that was basically three of my closest homies. These boys are family to me. We decided to all split up and do our own things, which was tough for me, but it ended up being the best thing for all of us. Two of us have major label artist deals, one dude is making moves on the business side as a manager and in the publishing game, and the other is one of the best guitar players in Nashville, touring with some major artists. I laugh about it because of how fast it all happened, but I’m so grateful to see the fam winning like that. And we’re just getting started!

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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.


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