Shaun Murphy - Mighty Gates
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Mighty Gates,
my newest, multi-genre CD, filled with many originals and some tunes from my favorite artists along the way. The recording, done at Rock House Studios in Franklin, TN, with Grammy-nominated Kevin McKendree at the helm; producing and mixing the CD. My touring band is on all cuts, and do they shine….Kenne Cramer, (Dr. Hook) and Tommy Stillwell (The Beat Daddy’s) on guitars, John Marcus, (22 years with Tim McGraw) on bass, Kevin McKendree, (Delbert McClinton, Brian Setzer, etc.) on keys and my longtime drummer, Tom DelRossi holding down the back-beat!

“Shaun proves here that she can take you to church or take you to the alley in one verse….”
Gil Anthony, Blues Power, KBA recipient commercial radio

“Mighty Gates smoothly swaggers through; Blues, Americana and Rock. A musical tapestry of depth and beauty that all music lovers must have.”
John ‘blueshammer’ Hammer; Publisher of Blue Monday Monthly Tabloid.

Shaun Murphy Biography

I found my way to the Blues stage at the first (1969) Ann Arbor Blues Fest, and was completely smitten. Getting to play at such an important milestone festival had my head spinning. That was my awakening to the Blues, and I couldn’t have been among a better line-up: Son House, Muddy Waters, BB King, Freddy King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and the list went on and on.

Solidified into the Detroit music scene, I found my calling, but it was to be a bit elusive, while I continued my music education over the years, I was also free to pursue another of my loves, acting, where I was able to snag two different life-changing musical plays: Hair and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band On The Road, appearing in both of the Broadway productions. Having been in Hair afforded me the opportunity to land a recording contract with Motown Records, along with Meatloaf, to record our duo album Stoney And Meatloaf.

Right after the recording of the record, Stoney and Meatloaf, Motown moved out to Los Angeles taking me with them. After a short stay in LA, I got back in touch with Bob Seger’s manager, Punch Andrews, and it just so happened, Bob was, again, looking for a singer. So I headed back to the music scene I was so familiar with, Detroit. Starting with the recording of Katmandu, under the pseudonym, Stoney. I was in Detroit and, again, working with Bob and his band; The Borneo Band, along with some of the Silver Bullet boys, Chris Campbell, Alto Reed, and Drew Abbott, and throw in a couple of Tulsa boys: Jamie Oldaker and Dick Sims, along with my pal Marcy Levy.

When Bob Seger decided to take some time off the road, I was contacted again by my old friend, Marcy Levy, (of Leon Russell and Eric Clapton fame) that Eric Clapton was doing a record with Phil Collins producing, and would I be interested in coming to Montserrat to record the backing vocals on his ‘Behind The Sun’ album. The experience was thrilling; to get back to my roots, and with the ‘guitar god’ himself. I, of course, said yes! We recorded this great record, and after the second song, Eric asked me if I’d like to do the tour, it was too good to be true, not only that, but a following tour as well!

Back on the road with Seger, with hardly a couple of weeks off from Clapton, with his 86 tour, I met up with Bill Payne and Fred Tackett, two of the members of the legendary band Little Feat. As tours go, making friends comes easy and when the tour was over, Bill Payne asked me to record some things on their new re-grouped band’s CD, Let It Roll, Representing The Mambo, and Shake Me Up as a backing vocalist.

I went on to tour with Seger to the present, with some other tours along the way, with such notables as Bruce Hornsby, Joe Walsh, Glenn Frey and The Moody Blues, with Television appearances with John Hiatt and Herbie Hancock, etc..

I found myself back in Feat camp, and they asked me to join as a full member in 93’, and for the next nearly 16 years, it was my home. Till recently parting with my long-time cohorts, I then realized, I’d come full circle back to where I started, in the world of the Blues, wanting to take my place alongside some of my favorite idols; Koko Taylor, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, and Big Maybelle, paying special homage to Miss Taylor and Miss James on my first solo CD, Livin’ The Blues.

I’ve had the honor of including some of my friends from the road on my following CD’s: Bekka Bramlett, (Fleetwood Mac) Mike Finnigan, (Taj Mahal, & Bonnie Raitt) Johnny Neel, (Allman Bros.) Jim Horn, (George Harrison, Elvis, etc.) Kenny Greenberg, (Kenny Chesney) Danny Pelfrey, (Aretha, Diana Ross, etc.) and Laura Creamer, Barbara Payton, as well as the Motor City Horns (Bob Seger).

In 2013, I was honored to be a double Bluesblast Music Awards winner with Best Female Blues Artist Of The Year, and Best Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year for my release of Ask For The Moon I was thrilled to receive!! I released Cry Of Love, featuring some of my favorite songs I've been wanting to do for a long, long time. Then Loretta in 2015, my most Blues rock CD to date, peppered with lots of original tunes. In 2016 I released It Won't Stop Raining that ran the gamut from Blues, Rock, to Gospel. 2017 brings my latest CD: Mighty Gates, with my touring band again featured on this CD, lots of originals and a few from favorite singers of mine.

Musicians on this CD:
Drums: Tom DelRossi
Bass: John Marcus
Guitar: Kenne Cramer
Guitar: Tommy Stillwell
Keys: Kevin McKendree
Vocals: Shaun Murphy
Shakers & Tambourine: Shaun Murphy

Recording Info:
Produced & Mixed by: Kevin McKendree
Engineered by: Yates McKendree
Recorded at: The Rock House, Franklin, TN
Mastered by: Jim Loyd Mastering
CD Photos and all artwork: Melissa DelRossi



1. I Don’t Need Nobody
Songwriter:
Kenne Cramer
Publisher: Kenne Cramer Music (BMI)

2. Out Of My Own Way
Songwriters:
Shaun Murphy / Marc-Alan Barnette
Publishers: Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP) / Best Built Songs (BMI)

3. Down The HonkyTonk
Songwriter:
Frankie Miller
Publishers: Frankie Miller Music / Crysalis Music, LTD

4. Mighty Gates
Songwriters:
Dobie Gray / Ricky Ray Rector
Publishers; Ricky Ray Music (BMI) / Dobie Gray-Simonton Music (BMI)

5. Slightly Free
Songwriters:
Shaun Murphy / Doug Jones
Publishers: Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP) / Doug Jones Music (BMI)

6. Walk In My Shadow
Songwriters:
Paul Rodgers, Andy Fraser, Simon Kirke, Paul Kossof, Paul Bernard
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group

7. On A Night Like This
Songwriters:
Shaun Murphy / Johnny Neel / Doug Jones
Publishers: Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP) / The Reel Neel Music (ASCAP) / Doug Jones Music (BMI)

8. Blues In The Morning
Songwriter:
Kenne Cramer
Publisher: Kenne Cramer Music (BMI)

9. That Kind Of Time
Songwriters:
Shaun Murphy / Gary Nicholson
Publishers: Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP) / Sony/ATV Music Publishing/Gary Nicholson Music (ASCAP)

10. Gypsy Highway
Songwriters:
Shaun Murphy / Johnny Neel / Doug Jones
Publishers: Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP) / The Reel Neel Music (ASCAP) / Doug Jones Music (BMI)

11. Be Good To Yourself
Songwriters:
Frankie Miller / Andy Fraser
Publishers: Socks Music Ltd. / Frankie Miller Music / Warner Bros. Music Group

12. I Never Stopped Loving You
Songwriters:
Shaun Murphy / Gary Nicholson
Publishers: Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP) / Sony/ATV Music Publishing/Gary Nicholson Music (ASCAP)

13. I Never Loved You
Songwriters:
Shaun Murphy / Chris Anderson / Doug Jones
Publishers: Shaun Murphy Music (ASCAP) / Skitchim Music (BMI) / Doug Jones Music (BMI)

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  • Members:
    Tom DelRossi, John Marcus, Kenne Cramer, Tommy Stillwell, Kevin McKendree
  • Sounds Like:
    Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight
  • Influences:
    Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Amy Winehouse, Otis Redding
  • AirPlay Direct Member Since:
    09/29/17
  • Profile Last Updated:
    06/08/18 12:04:10
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