THROW DOWN MY HEART - debut eP
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"Bri shined with her flawless, soulful voice." -PennLive
"Promising young songstress." -PledgeMusic
"..folksy-Americana sound cultivated by Murphy’s raw vocals that seemed to be mindful of each and every note and riff." -The Spectator
"Bri has the type of voice that makes you stop what you are doing and listen." -Producer Eli Beaird
5/5 star album review from The Murfreesboro Pulse
- Played violin for Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill at the 2013 CMA Awards in Nashville
- Opened on tour with Eric Burgett for Charlie Worsham and Chris Stapleton in 2013
- Received Master's degree in Classical Violin Performance from Belmont University in 2014
- Toured internationally with country-rock band Mustang Sally on fiddle and BGVs in 2015
- Embarked on solo project and released first EP, "Throw Down My Heart," in October 2016
- "Throw Down My Heart" named a semi-finalist in the 2016 International Songwriting Competition
- Performance on WDVX Blue Plate Special radio show in Knoxville, TN (March 2017)
- Featured performance on WSM's "Opry Tonight" at the Grand Ole Opry (August 2017)
- Murfreesboro Pulse 5/5 star album review
- WEAU live performance + interview
- 2016 International Songwriting Competition Semifinalist for "Throw Down My Heart"
- The Spectator interview
- Leader Telegram interview
- "Homecoming Queen" Volume One interview
- Story Behind The Song, PledgeMusic
With two pianists for parents, Bri Murphy has been making music since before she can remember. She started playing violin when she was four years old, and since then picked up piano, mandolin, guitar, French horn, and a little bit of banjo. Bri was born and raised in northwestern Wisconsin, but she has strong roots in Tennessee. She spent her childhood summers eating okra and sweet corn in the Tennessee countryside. Many of her favorite family stories center around Uncle Jimmy, who owned the Uptown Club in the notorious original Printer’s Alley.
Bri moved to Nashville in 2011 and has since shared the stage with artists from Chris Stapleton to Tanya Tucker, and has toured all over the U.S., Canada, and Japan. She took a break from the road in late 2015 to pursue her solo career and teamed up with producer Eli Beaird to record her debut EP, “Throw Down My Heart,” released in October 2016.
"Throw Down My Heart" was inspired the way so much art is inspired: by heartbreak. But it wasn't the traditional heartbreak; it was the heartbreak that everyone who moves to Nashville to pursue music experiences but no one ever talks about. She said in an interview with the Leader Telegram, "A lot of those songs...came out of my touring experience ... and the feelings of loneliness, and also the pressure that it puts on relationships and people back home. As a professional touring musician...it’s easy to make it look fabulous on social media, but the reality is you’re sleeping three to four hours a night, and you’re constantly on the road.”
Finding herself as a solo artist has been a healing process that has allowed her to blossom as a young songwriter and artist in Nashville. The title track from her EP, "Throw Down My Heart," was chosen as a semifinalist in the 2016 International Songwriter Competition. Bri has plans in 2017 to record a full-length album with a more focused, acoustic sound, featuring her fiddle playing. Producer Eli Beaird remarked, "Her talent goes way beyond her years, and I’m excited to see her develop into the amazing artist she clearly is.”