Bri Murphy never really had a chance at doing anything other than making music. An antidote to daily darkness but not a denial, the sweetness of Murphy’s music tempers the raw honesty of her lyricism with a deft hand.
Born to pianist parents, Murphy started playing violin when she was four years old. Since then she’s picked up piano, mandolin, guitar, French horn, and a little bit of banjo. While growing up in northwestern Wisconsin, she spent her childhood summers eating okra and sweet corn in the Tennessee countryside. A southerner at heart, her favorite family stories center around Uncle Jimmy, proprietor of The Uptown Club in the notorious original Printer’s Alley.
Murphy planned on enrolling in law school after graduating from Wellesley College, but fate had different plans in store. A series of personal tragedies led to a period of deep reflection, and in 2011 she moved to Nashville on a whim. “I didn’t know anyone there, and was immediately overwhelmed,” Murphy tells us. Rededicating herself to music, she began attending Belmont University (she now has her Masters in Classical Violin) during the day and gigging at night. Her virtuosity was quickly noticed, and Murphy has since shared the stage with artists from Chris Stapleton to Tanya Tucker, and toured the world as a fiddle player and background vocalist for other artists.
In late 2015 Murphy decided to take a break from the road and focus on her solo career. In October of 2016 she released her debut EP, Throw Down My Heart, produced by Eli Beaird (Shania Twain; James Bay). The title track was chosen as a semifinalist in the 2016 International Songwriter Competition.
Murphy found the creative journey of a solo artist incredibly healing, and soon enough began work on a follow-up release. Determined to be particular and intentional in her work, she decided to take the project out of Nashville – and back to her hometown. She settled in to Pine Hollow studio in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and turned to studio owner Evan Middlesworth for co-production. The magical sessions got an extra dose of pixie dust at the hands of mixing engineer Jerry Streeter (Brandi Carlile, Vance Joy, Elephant Revival) and mastering savant Gavin Lurssen (Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn).
Bri released her latest single in early 2019, returning to Nashville and working with producer Peter Ferguson to find an edgier rock ‘n’ roll vibe in “Yellow Roses,” which is about the women’s suffragette movement centered in Nashville. The song was premiered exclusively by Breedlove Guitars at the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California.