Trish Murphy Knows that the Road to Success Sometimes Runs Uphill
It’s been sort of a stormy ride for Trish Murphy between hit records, but sometimes life’s difficult times actually can make a person stronger and more inspired, which couldn’t be any truer than Murphy’s 2005 hit release “Girls Get in Free.” With a renewed fire and self-confidence, the album unleashed a flurry of new songs that were filled with noticeable passion and charm, which featured a tantalizing duet with Texas heart-throb Bob Schneider in “Cowboy Man.” The emotional drive behind the album was also sparked by a non-profit outreach program Trish Murphy works on as a board member, which helps middle-aged teen girls develop their self-esteem.
Growing up in Houston, music was always in Murphy’s blood at an early age, which explains her quick rise to stardom. As a preschooler, she often sang background harmonies with her other siblings, something her father, also a musician and songwriter, had them perfect. He encouraged her to make money doing evening gigs to support herself while she was working her way through school. Though she received a BA in philosophy, this didn’t at all distract her from her musical pursuits and eventually decided it was something she wanted to do fulltime.
It proved to be a decision she wouldn’t regret. Forming a duo with Darin, her younger brother, Trish Murphy and her brother become a sensation throughout Houston in the early nineties. She proved it was no fluke when she left for Austin in order to expand her solo career. Even though Austin had some stiff competition in the late 90’s, she became one of the fastest rising country musicians in Texas. “Crooked Mile,” the first in Murphy’s discography repertoire, was released in 1997 that was accompanied with no small amount of critical raves. This led to national distribution and a worldwide tour in America and Europe, with appearances on World Café and Mountain Stage, including a Trish Murphy and Lilith Fair tour.
“Rubies on the Lawn” was her follow-up album, and quickly grabbed mainstream radio recognition, national press and more international touring without breaking stride. Trish Murphy’s independent release, “Captured,” followed in 2001, and opened up a door to her Texas roots with a much more down-home, shoot-from-the-hip acoustic flair. She decided to take a break from performing to deal with personal family matters that left her deeply affected, which lasted almost two years. When Trish returned, she didn’t miss a beat. Her self-assurance and passion was quickly evident in her new release “Girls Get in Free.”