About The Murrills
Many people have made great music over the history of humankind. You cannot learn it in school, and you can't receive it for the asking. It is an inborn chemistry, and you either have it or you don't. The Murrills have it and they have it abundantly. The six-member, all-sibling group from North Carolina, has literally spent its life, from earliest childhood, singing, playing, recording and performing together.
Without even trying, The Murrills possess all the trademarks of family-knit gospel music: powerful leads, indelible harmonies, and a vocal synergy second to none. It’s a dynamic that all six siblings – Roger, Arnetta, Donnell, Andre, Darwin, and Damion – are quick to attribute to their indefatigable mother, the late Janie Rogers Murrill, a tireless leader who instilled in their children a passion for Christ, music and the souls.
Both the Murrills parents were pastors themselves, and when they realized the extraordinary musical gifts their children had been given, began the process of carefully nurturing them. Their mother, Janie Rogers Murrill, herself highly gifted musically, became both their spiritual and musical advisor and mentor, cultivating her children’s talents as their vocal coach, organ accompanist, and writer and teacher of all their arrangements. Before her death in 1998, she had turned her talented brood loose to make its own way, happy to sit in the audience and receive the very blessings she herself had first imparted to them.
After a long stint as members of Gospel luminary Donald Lawrence acclaimed and nationally renowned Tri-City Singers in which sister Arnetta Murrill-Crooms was a regularly featured soloist, the Murrills released their debut solo album, "Family Prayer" in June of 2008.
One needs not listen beyond “Family (There’s a Healing),” The Murrills’ first single off "Family Prayer," to realize this calling. Led by a guest spoken word from their mentor and producer, Donald Lawrence, the siblings soar in a triumphant anthem of encouragement for homes, marriages, and children facing brokenness and hurt. The song sounds like nothing at gospel radio, yet it’s timelier than anything else on the airwaves – a message this generation needs to hear.
Other cuts not to miss are "Better" where guest DJ Robers joins in on the fun, the contagious "Friend Of Mine" and the traditional Zulu song "Siyahamba (Janie's song)", rendered acappella.
"Family Prayer" succeeds in its aim to heal pain, doubt, and suffering through music. The old familiar adage says “A family that prays together, stays together! ” The Murrills are here as living examples and musical embodiments of that very fact.