STATEMENT: Elder William Murphy's goal for this CD was to offer a collection of
Gospel music, which will inspire people to worship
and praise God mightily in song, offering something for everyone's musical preferences.
"Great musicians touch the hearts of
men, but worshippers touch the heart of God. I would hope the two come together
in what I do with a kind of power - and in a language-that anyone can relate to
and be touched by, inside as well as outside the church." - William Murphy
"Don't you ever again stop your worship to sing a song!"
ELDER WILLIAM MURPHY
Through music, the human
race has been praising and worshiping the Lord since Biblical times. Christian
music can be a powerful vehicle to elevate the participant onto a higher plain,
bringing them closer to the Lord, who adores our praise and worship, even if the
person can't carry a tune. Heart attitude and effort is all that matters to the
Elder William Murphy has been prepared
throughout his life to become a Minister of Worship by the Lord, despite his unplanned
arrival into this world. William Murphy 111 was born
in Detroit to unmarried, teen-aged parents. While raised by his mother, his father
and grandfather and extended family were very close by; to love, guide and involve
him in a caring church family.
is what I've known all my life. My family is rich in the heritage of the Gospel,
in spoken word ministry as well as music. That was the foundation I grew up on."
He grew up in his father's
and grandfather's church, and sang for the first time at the age of 14, when he
discovered that he too could sing, like most of his extended family. As a young
man, he led the music worship in his grandfather's church while taking a 9 to
5 job in a bank, which wasn't where the Lord wanted him.
the bank was robbed at gunpoint, William arrived at a crossroads, feeling the
strong pull from the Holy Spirit to jump into being a minister of worship full
time. The Lord began to open doors.
he was chosen to be the Senior Minister of Worship at New Birth Missionary Baptist
Church while in his late 20's, a position he held until 2005, when his personal
ministry of visiting churches and teaching and demonstrating music worship needed
more of his focus. However, Elder William Murphy is still involved with his home
church, where he is the Assoc. Minister of Worship.
the energy, focus and dedication of the Apostle Paul, Elder William Murphy, who
thinks of himself as a Minister of Worship; not an artist, tours around to different
churches with his own band, inspiring others to create music to feed, nurture
and elevate their congregations through praise and worship to attain this higher
plain of being, rising to the presence of the Lord.
William Murphy, has had a few bumps in the road, which he worked through with
the help of the Lord. This resulted in the spiritual growth of not only Elder
William Murphy, but to the blessing of many people.
after Elder William Murphy moved his family to Atlanta, his marriage fell apart.
His wife left him, and their two sons in Atlanta. Elder William Murphy, worried
about loosing his commission to minister, thinking perhaps his divorce would be
a disqualifier in the Lord's eyes (1 Cor.9:27). He turned to the Lord in prayer,
who gave him a song, which expressed his feelings about praising the Lord, PRAISE
IS WHAT I DO.
This well-known song, PRAISE
IS WHAT I DO, was originally recorded as the title track on the Shekiah Glory
Ministries gold CD, in 2002, and is now recorded by Elder William Murphy on this
CD, The William Murphy Project: ALL DAY.
bump in his road had to do with his history, an emotional worry which lingered
in the back of his mind. The enemy, always looking for a way to derail, brought
these feelings to his thoughts. He turned to the Lord in prayer, which resulted
in Murphy's emotional healing and the creation of the glorious song, CREATED TO
Elder William Murphy, testified about
this struggle that happened in his life on his ALL DAY CD, giving a mini-sermon
of hope and encouragement, sandwiched effortlessly inbetween the CREATED TO WORSHIP
cut and cut 7, entitled The Healing Worship.
text: Elder William Murphy poignantly shares his
personal testimony: "The Lord gave me this song a few years ago, and I don't
mind telling my story. My mother was 15 years old and my father, (Bishop William
Murphy Jr.) was 17 years old when I was born. You know what they call me, don't
cha? They call me a mistake. They said I was illegitimate. They said I was the
result of their (his parents) sin. How many of you know that God has the power
to take your MESS and made it a blessing to the nations?"
enemy said, 'You are going through this right now, because you really aren't supposed
to be here. You are a mistake! God doesn't really have a purpose for your life.'"
"I looked at the facts and I almost believed
it. But then I heard the Spirit of God say the devil is a liar. How many of you
know that he couldn't tell the truth even if he wanted to? The Lord made it clear
to me that I was NOT a mistake and that He does have a purpose for my life. I
was in the plan of God when my daddy first met my mama." (This leads into
a spoken message of encouragement to unwed parents, that their babies were not
Elder William Murphy has continued
to take hold of what the Lord has taken hold of him for, calling Elder William
Murphy to be a Minister of Worship, with the goal of helping people, despite what
is going on in their lives, to praise and worship the Lord; to prepare the hearts
and minds of believers, through his words, his music and inspirational services
which gladden the heart, feed the soul, lift the spirit and encourage praise and
thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus, for who He is, for His character and for what
He did for us on the cross, becoming our Lord and Savior.
OF The William Murphy Project: ALL DAY
33:1,3 - Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; It is fitting for the upright
to praise him. Sing to him a new song, play skillfully and shout for joy."
of the highlights resulting from Elder William Murphy's active use of his musical
and spiritual talents was the creating of this album, The William Murphy Project:
ALL DAY. This moving collection of songs offers a
variety of inspiring, intense, energizing praise, worship, prayer hymns and anthems
which encourage the listener to enter into a true state of focusing on the Lord,
guaranteed to lift the spirits, encourage the listener to praise and worship the
Lord, if not to dance around the room! Traditional and Contemporary Gospel, Urban
R& B Gospel, and Gospel blended with elements of Contemporary Christian and
acoustic influences can all be found in one album!
first 13 cuts on this CD were originally recorded in a combined meeting of 6 church
congregations at Murphy's home church, New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in
Atlanta, coming together in this group worship experience, where the choirs from
all of the churches participated, as well as about 12 backup singers which stood
on the stage behind Elder William Murphy and his fellow performers. I was lucky
enough to receive the dvd of this effort as well, which makes one feel like part
of the service, fully experiencing the power which flows through the service.
Some of the vocals were done over in studio and dubbed over the original vocals
because it is hard to get a clear recording in a service, which results in the
listener hearing a clear version of the songs.
first cut on this album, begins with an on-fire, declaration of the goodness of
our Lord, in GOOD, which pumps the audience and the listener up with its enthusiastic
vocals of all concerned, encouraging lyrical message, and driving musical accompaniment,
including a cooking bass part.
The heart and
meat of preparation and the deeper worship and thanksgiving music can be found
in cuts 2-8, beginning with a lovely heart-felt choral introit prayer song, HEAR
MY PRAYER. These songs and William's commentary all flow beautifully together,
providing spiritual meat to those ready to experience more than spiritual milk
3rd cut is the encouraging,
traditional Gospel anthem, BE STRONG, led poignantly by Elder William Murphy,
and is complete with a reprise (4th cut), sung by Elder William Murphy's father,
Bishop William Murphy Jr., with Elder William Murphy, providing back up vocals.
Powerful dynamics, powerful listening experience.
cut is the beautiful, dynamic worship anthem, CREATED TO WORSHIP, a truly moving,
dynamic heart-felt Gospel at its best.
cut - Elder William Murphy powerfully testifies about his own life, in a mini-sermon,
aimed at people who feel inadequate to serve God, especially children of unwed
parents, and unwed parents themselves.
cut - HEALING WORSHIP - A song of thanksgiving and intro to PRAISE IS WHAT I DO.
Another mini-sermon encourages people to turn emotional scars over to the healing
power of the Holy Spirit, through worship and praise.
cut - PRAISE IS WHAT I DO - One glorious praise anthem which is a great conclusion
to this group of songs, which truly inspires the audience at this service as well
as this reviewer.
9th-13th cuts are contemporary
praise songs and lovely prayer hymns and worship anthems, which would be
popular in any contemporary worship service; denominational or non-denominational,
not just Gospel music-loving congregations.
and 10th cuts are definitely joy and thanksgiving songs. AWESOME
is a contemporary praise rock song done Gospel style, which would do well in any
contemporary worship service; denominational or non-denominational. Youth and
young at heart would fall in love with this song. LET IT RISE is a moving acoustic
praise - thanksgiving anthem which not only gives the opportunity to praise God
in thanksgiving, but also gets the audience and the listener in the right mind
to be open to the following prayer hymns, to sing unto the Lord.
cut - ONE PURE AND HOLY PASSION - A
lovely, memorable, moving duet sung by Elder William Murphy and Lilly Wilson,
which encourages us all to follow after Jesus, walking with Him in love and service.
12th cut is the powerful reprise, done in traditional Gospel style.
cut - IGNITE MY FIRE - Another beautiful, dynamic Gospel prayer hymn, the perfect
choice to end this service, which encourages the believer to seek the Lord, asking
Him to empower, fire up, encourage believers to burn for His glory to be in His
will for their lives.
The last two urban R
& B Gospel cuts on the CD, Title song: ALL DAY, a bright, urban Gospel cut
and the acoustic R & B I DON'T KNOW WHY were performed in a studio.Both are
delightful additions to this fine album, and a great
introduction to folks new to the urban and R & B Gospel format.
DON'T KNOW WHY - A song of confession and of seeking the Lord, after turning away
from the Lord.
Title song: ALL DAY - A very
unique prayer ballad, with a hip hop beat which explores the struggle we all can
relate to; Making time to spend with the Lord, to get to know Him, develop our
relationship with Him, despite distractions and the busyness we have in our lives.
What a Gospel Music album!!! It delivers a listening experience well worth wrapping
one's head around, and absorbing! If you are looking for spiritual meat through
music which I would describe as dynamic, heart-felt, energized Gospel, The William
Murphy Project: ALL DAY would make a stellar contribution to either your personal
Christian Music collection or for your church musical library. I'm blessed to
have this album in mine as it truly elevates me into a state of praise and worship,
despite the pressures and stress of my life!
you want and enjoy a more in depth review, continue on to the songs, vocals and
take a closer look at the music, vocals and messages...
music heard in this collection of songs have several features found in Gospel
music in spades that are endearing to this reviewer:
Holy Spirit was obviously front and center, as an electricity flows through this
collection of songs no matter their genre orientation
Murphy is a gifted minister of worship. the best I've heard in a very long time!
strongly feels his calling to encourage and promote a deeper form of praise and
worship among people, and depends on the Lord to empower him to do so. It shows
on this collection of encouraging and Spirit raising praise and worship songs.
shows in his preaching and leading style: He is willing to share what he has learned
on a personal level in order to encourage others about themselves and their abilities.
He can easily interchange preaching with singing and leading a song, which is
evident in such examples as BE STRONG * CREATED TO WORSHIP * PRAISE IS WHAT I
2) For traditional Gospel enthusiasts,
Elder William Murphy, his father, Bishop William Murphy Jr. and Lilly Wilson have
done reprisals of some songs performed in this service, sung with feeling and
spiritual emotion, which is spiritually elevating, helping to lift us into a deeper
praise and worship experience.
He can switch from being the lead vocal performer, to a duet, to being backup
vocals, and sneaking in leading and teaching, for example ONE PURE AND HOLY PASSION.
It shows in his lead vocals, his song writing and their lyrics
heard on this collection of encouraging and Spirit raising praise and worship
Murphy also has a wonderful
voice and the talent to use it. He has a powerful, rich voice, sings in a variety
of styles, fully understands how to use dynamics, in whatever octave he is singing,
powered with great breath control and the Holy Spirit.
He can sing on fire traditional Gospel (GOOD * AWESOME
* HEALING WORSHIP)
Gospel: IGNITE MY FIRE * LET IT RISE * ONE PURE AND HOLY PASSION; which has a
beautiful melody, a lovely duet, poignant lyrics, all of which choke up his reviewer.
Urban Gospel & R & B: I DON'T KNOW WHY * ALL DAY; which also has a little
rap (clear and understandable!).
William Murphy has put together a variety of songs which are perfect for either
a personal praise / worship / confession time or for a group worship experience,
because of the way they were composed and performed. The
simpler praise and worship songs prove that powerful praise and worship songs
don't have to be involved or have complicated lyrics, for several songs found
on this CD are quite moving and help the listener to let go of their troubles
of the day, focus on the Lord with thanksgiving and praise. (1 Thess: 5:16-17)
are easy to repeat and remember, yet meaningful and to the point of the message
of the song, clearly and effectively presented in song.
The melodies are varied, memorable and musically interesting. Harmonies are beautifully
done. Musicians in the band were exciting to hear, especially the organist, pianist
and bass player!
The presentations of the songs
are especially effective, performed with umph, poignancy, offering a great variety
of stellar dynamics, well-done, heartfelt vocals, sung by talented folks full
of the Spirit and a heart for the Lord.
* AWESOME * . CREATED TO WORSHIP * PRAISE IS WHAT I DO * ONE
PURE AND HOLY PASSION * IGNITE MY FIRE
adore Gospel choirs which can not only stay on key, sing their vocal parts (base,
tenor alto and soprano) well and faithfully, following the dynamics of the music,
but also perform like they truly believe what they are singing.
choral efforts on these songs are truly inspiring to the listener and help to
sweep one into the place of praise and worship, pulling the listener up to a higher
level into the presence of the Lord.
HEAR MY PRAYER * IGNITE MY FIRE * LET IT RISE * CREATED TO WORSHIP
take a closer look at the SONGS
* * *
* + GOOD - Words and Music by Jerry Leiber, Barry Mann, Mike Stoller, Cynthia
Vocals: William Murphy, Jerry
Leiber, Barry Mann, Mike Stoller
favorite of this reviewer; the perfect song to start this wonderful CD! The organ,
piano and bass provide a strong, irresistible musical foundation, cooking and
sizzling right along. Song is a great ice breaker for the audience, as he asks
the audience to turn to each other and say, "I just stopped by Here to tell
you / Our God is good." This song does a great job of getting one's mind
off worldly concerns and trials by reflecting on what a wonderful Lord we have
and giving praise in a dynamic way.
God has been so good to me / I praise Him / Great is the Lord Greatly to be Praised
He's Great //
I just stopped by Here to tell
you / Our God is good //
Oh, clap your hands,
everybody shout / He is the Lord, the God who brought you out /
just stopped by here to tell you / Our God is good //
and Glorious / He's been good / Just lift your hands and praise him / Like you
know you should//
I just stopped by here to
tell you / Our God is good /
* * * * + HEAR
MY PRAYER - Words and Music by William Murphy 111
great favorite of this reviewer. A choral introit which is fully expressed by
the dynamic full of the spirit choir and fueled musically by accomplished organ
and piano players. A 3/4 meter composition with terrific dynamics. Begins softly,
prayerfully and builds and swells Organ and piano and full sound of Gospel choir,
well representing all the vocal parts (Base, tenor alto, soprano) magnificently
carries the feeling and worship quality. Harmonies are modern urban, in spots,
adding to the beautiful, full sound.
* * *
* ++ CREATED TO WORSHIP - Words and Music by Elder William Murphy
favorite song of this reviewer on this CD. Glorious piano worship song with wonderful
dynamics, great contrasts in the musical composition and the vocals. The
music, lead vocals by Elder William Murphy and choral vocals dynamically build
into a stirring anthem. The lyrical message is a
reminder to all believers that we have a purpose in this world which will glorify
the Lord. It is also a personal statement of faith and revelation for Elder William
Lyrics: "Don't you ever again
stop your worship to sing a song!"
I was created just to give you all the glory / I was created just to worship and
adore Thee //
You are the son of the living
God, Savior of the world //
Chorus: I was
created just to give you all the glory / I was created just to worship and adore
Bridge: So I will lift my hands, spread
your praise across the land / And I will lift my voice, I've been chosen to rejoice//
Chorus: I was created just to give you all the glory (I'll say what I'm here)
/ I was created just to worship and adore Thee //
* * * ++ PRAISE IS WHAT I DO - Words and Music by William Murphy
favorite of this reviewer. A beautiful acoustic worship hymn, with William Murphy
singing with the choir. Its amazing how he effortlessly, quickly states the phrase
to be sung or sneaks in a line of preaching or leading, then sings with the choir
without missing a beat! The usual great dynamics, heart-felt vocal and choral
performances and memorable melody is a great encouragement for us all to praise
and worship the Lord in thanksgiving despite our circumstances. (1 Thess. 5:16-17)
Praise is what I do / When I want to be close to you / I
lift my hands in praise / Praise is who I am / I will praise you while I can /
I'll bless you at all times//
Chorus: I vow
to praise You / Through the good and the bad / I'll praise you whether happy or
sad / I'll praise you in all that I go through / Because praise is what I do /
ooh, ooh/ 'Cause I owe it all to You //
is what I do / Even when I'm going through / I've learned to worship You / No
my circumstance doesn't even stand a chance / My praise outweighs the bad //
VAMP: Praise is what I do / It's what I do
* * * * + AWESOME - Words and Music by
Devaughn Murphy & Cedric Barry
Murphy, Jerry Leiber, Barry Mann, Mike Stoller
great favorite of this reviewer. A very peppy, energetic piano rock dynamic praise
song with an infectious melody and irresistible, moving beat which would find
a home in just about any contemporary service; denominational or non-denominational.
It sure inspires a song of thanksgiving, and a joyous dance around the room. A
sure hit with the young and the young at heart! Another song which does a great
job of getting one's mind off worldly concerns and trials by reflecting on what
a wonderful Lord we have and giving praise in a dynamic way.
You are awesome / If it wasn't for your love, Wasn't for
you're your Grace / I don't know where I'd be without You / You are awesome //
* * * * LET IT RISE - Words and Music by Holland
Davis (Featuring Jessie Gonzalez)
favorite of this reviewer. A spirited, acoustic-based, bright and peppy, inspiring
praise and worship anthem which would find a home just about any service where
guitar-based anthems are welcome! Elder William Murphy sings it through once,
and then invites the choir to sing the basic lyrics/ musical theme, and the worshippers
in the audience as well, during the many repeats of this composition. He leads,
sings lead vocal part / preaches a little in song, in between the basic lyrical
part and sings as well with the choir. Begins with a simple acoustic guitar and
builds in sound to the end.
the Glory of the Lord / Rise among us / Let the Glory of the Lord / Rise among
us / Let the Praises of our King / Rise among us / Let it rise // Oh, let it rise
Let the songs of the Lord / Rise among
of us / Let the songs of the Lord / Rise among of us / Let the joy of our King
/ Rise among us / Let it rise // Oh, let it rise //
Let it rise!
* * * * + + ONE PURE AND HOLY
PASSION- Words and Music by Mark Altrogge
song of this reviewer. This contemporary, acoustic-based Gospel prayer hymn has
everything that a great prayer hymn has in order to make it uplifting to listen
to and motivating a deeper prayer life. All in one song, there is a memorable,
strong melody, heart-felt, well-written lyrics, terrific dynamics and wonderful
lead vocals by Elder Williams Murphy and Ms. Wilson, who sing a duet in parts,
as well as lovely choral support from the inspired choir. The arrangement of this
hymn by Elder William Murphy is well put together and directed musically. As mentioned
above, Elder Murphy is a vocalist who easily switches from lead vocals to singing
a duet with Ms. Wilson, to support harmony with the choir as Ms. Wilson takes
the lead, while interjecting preaching and leading.
Reprise is the cherry on top, performed in the Gospel music tradition, with Ms.
Wilson singing the lead vocals, with Elder William Murphy singing the backup echo,
with intensity and feeling.
me one pure and Holy Passion / Give me one Magnificent Obsession / Give me one
Glorious Ambition for my life// To know and follow hard after you, To know and
follow hard after you....
To know and follow
hard after you, (To know and follow hard after you), To grow up as your disciple
in Your truth (To grow up as your disciple ) //
This world is empty, pale and poor / Compared to knowing You my Lord / Lead me
on and I will run / Lead me on and I will run after You/ After You//
(Approximate): Lead me on and I will run after You / Lead me on and I will run
after You / Lead me on and I will run after You (I decided to follow Jesus) /
Lead me on and I will run after You (I decided to follow Jesus) / Lead me on and
I will run after You//
* * * * + + IGNITE MY FIRE – Words and Music by Devaughn Murphy
favorite song of this reviewer. Wow, what a beautiful, dynamic Gospel prayer hymn!
Lovely melody which begins softly and builds into a full harmony sound when choir
enters, following the lead vocals, in fine Gospel tradition. Great dynamics, emotional
vocal delivery by both the lead vocals by Elder William Murphy and choral voices.
Composition has some effective key modulations, which add umph to the growing
dynamics of all concerned. The Lyrics are moving and state perfectly our need
for the Lord to keep us motivated, strong and on track.
My Fire Lord / I want to burn for you / Consume me oh Lord / As I cry out for
you / / Oh Lord / Destroy Everything, that’s not like you / Oh Lord / I give my
all to You (repeats many times, musically different each time.)
I cry out for you /As I cry out for you /As
I cry out for you /As I cry out for you /As
I cry out for you /
This CD ends brightly with Modern urban R & R Gospel, recorded in a studio. William
Murphy's vocal range is showcased in these songs. Vocals are expressive, dynamic,
* * * * + I DON'T KNOW WHY – Words
and Music by William Murphy and Shannon Davis
A great favorite of this reviewer. An example of fine R & B Gospel. This prayer
of confession is propelled by an acoustic guitar, an easy R & B beat, and
strong rich vocals sung by Elder William Murphy in a vocal style quite different
and quite interesting, perfect for this type of song. Lyrical message. William
Murphy's vocal range is showcased . Vocals are expressive, dynamic, energetic. Explores the human struggle
to stay connected to the Lord and our tendency to stray.
been hurt before (I've been hurt before), had an open door (had an open door )/
So I told myself I'd never let that happen again / Been walking 'round, self esteem
is down / I let my fear shut the door to real love//
just can't go on/ I can't live like this / I need your tender kiss of mercy and
grace / so now ( I seek your face)/ don't You turn me away (don't You turn me
away)/ I need to feel the safety of Your embrace//
I don't know why I ever left your side / You promised me, you'd never, ever leave
me alone / I don't know why I ever said goodbye / Please hear my cry, I won't
never, ever leave You alone //
for all those silly lies / See I just really need to make up my mind / You gave
a second chance and you forgave again //
* * * The title song ALL DAY – (Words and Music by William Murphy and Shannon
A strong favorite of this reviewer.
A modern urban Gospel ballad, with a cooking musical and sythns accompaniment,
plus a perky hip hop beat which is expressed by guitar, light piano and synths
beat. Lead vocals by William Murphy are expressive, dynamic, energetic and carry
the melody. Elder William Murphy can also rap with ease, clearly and in the style
Lyrical message which explores ways
to spend time with the Lord, and how to depend on Him to keep us strong, giving
some suggestions on how to stay connected, a great follow-up to the song, I DON'T
KNOW WHY. Encourages us all to have time with the Lord by bringing Him along wherever
we go, to pray to Him, share our day, thoughts and feelings and ask for His help.
All Day / I been walking around / I been talking with You all day / I'm determined
to spend more time with You / All Day/ I been walking around with You in my soul
/ All Day / My time with You is gone / Make me whole //
I got the job and I can't be late / So I'm out the door and I'm on my way / But
I / I don't want to go/ 'Cuz my time with You/ helps me to grow / So can I , Take
You there / Can I, Take You everywhere / Everything we'll share / I want to be
more, Lay me down to sleep / And I pray the Lord / My soul to keep / 'No more,
See I'm trying to know You for myself / There are times I don't know what to say
/ But I keep on praying anyway / Trying to figure out what's really true / Trying
to do the things that please You /
can You teach me how / Can You, Will You teach me now/ hear my heart / I want
to be with You ///
by Julie Carr for ChristianMusic.com
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