Watch List: Ms Murphy - Ritual Union
Finding the courage to overcome her natural shyness, Ms Murphy (Karen Andrews) stepped in front of the bright lights of The Voice Australia and won the country over with her bold, soul-infused vocals, making her way to the semi-finals, and, following the show, she has stepped into the studio with the renowned Lance Ferguson, leader of the Tru Thoughts signed The Bamboos, to put her own brass-laden, heart-felt and cathartically charged twist on Swedish band Little Dragon's 'Ritual Union', drawing on lessons learned from her raised-on-Motown upbringing as she gives a passionately soul-shaking performance, saying 'a lot of the Motown records sound happy, but if you actually look at the lyrics, they’re quite heartbreaking. They were able to fuse a lot of joy and sorrow, and that’s very clever and unique'.
Growing up singing gospel and acting as the music director for her church, Murphy was inspired by the belief instilled in her by her Polynesian heritage that music acted as a unifying force, and carries that ethos into her upcoming debut EP, White Dress And The Spirit, a five-track collaboration with The Bamboo's Ferguson that she says 'was a real conversation between us that we’re sharing with everyone', adding that 'it is true that when I step onto the stage I become somebody else...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.'