Having first come to our attention on the second season of The Voice 2013, Ms Murphy – the fiercely talented stage persona of Karen Andrews – was hand-picked by coach Ricky Martin to be part of his first ever Australian team. After a spine tingling rendition of Etta James’ ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’, Ricky was locked into an all-out battle with fellow coaches Seal, Joel and Delta, who all turned their big red chairs to coax her onto their team.
Ms Murphy advanced through to the semi-finals, proving her musical finesse and overcoming her instinctive shyness. “It is true that when I step onto the stage I become somebody else,” she laughs. “I’m not usually that brave in everyday interactions. I am very shy and very quiet – that’s just who I am. But when I sing I’m very open and very exposed. I’m Ms Murphy.”
After months of writing and recording with Melbourne soul/funk band The Bamboos, with front man Lance Ferguson adding his signature sound to the recording, Ms Murphy has now announced the release of her brand new five track EP ‘White Dress And The Spirit’ on January 24th.
Not diverting too much from the style of music that made us all fall in love with her, the first single to be lifted from the EP is ‘Ritual Union’, a cathartic and passionate cover of the 2011 hit from Swedish four-piece Little Dragon.
From her childhood kicking around a housing commission outside Sydney, to the flashbulbs of national primetime TV, Ms Murphy has been on an inspiring and persistent musical journey her whole life, consistently drawing from her childhood influences of Motown, soul and old-school R&B.