Trish Murphy

Trish Murphy

Trish Murphy is an Austin-based singer-songwriter.

Music career

Trish Murphy grew up in Houston, Texas, the daughter of a struggling musician and songwriter. After earning a Bachelor's Degree in philosophy at the University of Dallas [ [ GenAustin] ] , she formed a duo -- Trish and Darin -- with her brother Darin Murphy and performed in Houston for several years in the early 1990s. In 1996, Murphy relocated to Austin, releasing her recording "Crooked Mile" independently in 1997. In 1998 and 1999, Murphy performed as part of the Lilith Fair tour. Murphy released the recording, "Rubies on the Lawn" on Doolittle/Mercury Records in 1999. A live recording, "Captured" was released independently in 2001.

Murphy has performed twice at the Austin City Limits Music Festival, and in Italy, France and other European countries. She also teaches Italian cooking and supports outreach programs for middle school-aged girls. Murphy's music features story-telling and personal expression. In her own words, the challenge to her songwriting "is to evoke as many images as possible with as few words as possible."

Murphy made her 2005 record release, "Girls Get In Free" following a sabbatical from performing and a period of personal difficulties. This record combined Murphy's music with a cause she supports as the CD release party benefitted GENAustin, a non-profit outreach program that helps middle school-aged girls develop strong self-esteem. Murphy is also a member of GENAustin's Board of Directors.

Today Murphy performs solo, with her rock band, and as part of a 70s tribute band, SKYROCKET!. Murphy also teaches Italian cooking using recipes learned from her grandmother at Austin's Central Market and other cooking schools.

In 2008 Trish appeared alongside her brother Darin and Johnny Goudie as a police officer in the movie "A Very Bad Day".

Lyric Sample

"What's it like to be on the downhill side"
"I'm still on the other side"
"And I'm finding it so hard, that I just stop trying"
"I'm so ordinary, when you look at me"
"Nothing really good or very bad has ever happened to me"© Trish Murphy, 1999


*"Crooked Mile", Rhythmic Records, 1998
*"Rubies on the Lawn", Doolittle/Mercury Records, 1999
*"Captured", Raven Records, 2001
*"Girls Get In Free", Valley Records, 2005

See also

*Music of Austin


External links

* [ Official Trish Murphy site, includes photos, songs and recipes]
* [ Interview with Trish Murphy by Bill Vordenbaum]
* [ Trish Murphy article on the official Lillith Fair site]
* [ GENAustin website]

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