Chelle Murrey

Chelle Murrey

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Chelle Murrey's musical spectrum might be defined by folk on one pole and country on the other, however, an array of subtleties mark the dynamic artist's range, distinguishing her as an astonishingly original singer/songwriter.

Biography

Chelle Murrey's musical spectrum might be defined by folk on one pole and country on the other, however, an array of subtleties mark the dynamic artist's range, distinguishing her as an astonishingly original singer/songwriter. Whether it's an introspective ballad providing a viewpoint into the artist's mind, a social commentary about people or an autobiographic narrative of a difficult breakup, a listener will find tenderness, intimacy, depth and quick wit in any of Chelle's songs.

The manner in which Murrey delivers her music on stage sets her apart even further, as her wildly clever yet silly sense of humor, infectious laugh and apparent love of music are a part of every performance. Chelle's sweet voice and powerful stage presence create a unique dichotomy where she is profoundly serious one moment and shockingly hilarious the next.

Appalachia provided the backdrop to Chelle's upbringing. She grew up in the small rural town of Athens, Ohio that produced the roots and strong connections to old country so evident in her music. Though music always occupied the main stage of Chelle's endeavors, she also excelled in the realm of theatre, having starred in myriad productions, many of which were musicals. Chelle's adventurous spirit took her to residing in Chicago, London and New York while attending various colleges along the way. While earning her degree in music and theatre from New York City's American Musical Dramatic Academy in 1998, she bravely launched her career by playing on the platforms of the subways and gigging at small local venues. The experiences she had in the city, which she reflects upon with hilarious anecdotes, gave her the poise and insight to decide on her next relocation. Austin, Texas, Chelle's current home, would be the ideal place for her to propel herself into a successful musical career. After all, as one can often hear Chelle charmingly assert, Austin is New York City in denim.

The tenacity with which Chelle dove into the Austin music scene has resulted in numerous notable performances. In the summer of 2004 Chelle played at the Save Austin Live Oaks Benefit along with the impressive lineup of Patty Griffin, Eliza Gilkyson, John Dee Graham, Kacy Crowley, Michael Fricasso and Scrappy Judd Newcomb. That same summer she opened for the Bobby Blue Band and was the featured guest on KUT's “Femme FM” show with Teresa Ferguson. Chelle Murrey fans delighted, as they could check her out weekly hosting and headlining the Chicks With Picks series that went on from Fall 2004 to Summer 2005 at Momo's. Sarah Sharp, Caroline Wonderland, Jane Bond and Ginger Lee were just a few of the guests that participated in this six month period. The Saxon Pub, La Zona Rosa, Momo's, and Rutamaya are just a few of the venues where Austinites can regularly encounter Chelle's music.

Lyrics

Drive Away

Written By: Chelle Murrey

blame it on my weakness blame it on my lack of faith you can tell me that i’m giving up as i pack my suitcase and you can blame a lot of things but it won’t change the fact that this girls leaving and she’s not looking back got to go while the getting’s good gotta get cause i think i should gotta go cause i’m feeling old gotta go cause i’m turning cold but don’t think it’s easy leaving our love behind back to forward thinking and it’s all gonna work out fine start the engine put it in first gear don’t watch him watch you go things look larger in the rearview mirror and just drive away drive away i’ve had to learn the hard way about when to leave and when to stay and i know that there’s a big difference in running and walking away so what does that make me this bonnie without her clyde maybe i’ll find my warren beatty and just hitch a ride start the engine put it in first gear don’t watch him watch you go things look larger in the rearview mirror and just drive away drive away i’ve taken the back road the long way the short cuts and the highway and i climbed uphill and i swam downstream and i fell down crying on my knees

Everyone's Got Philosophy

Written By: Chelle Murrey

i feel that thing in my stomach again wonder what it’s trying to say it mulls around like a five-pound plague wish there was something i could take to make it go away they say were living in a prozac nation medication paves the road to happiness but like dorothy and her ruby shoes we all have a right to choose which way we go home twisting turning like a rapid fire merry-go-round rolling tumbling trying to keep my feet on the ground what is right? what is wrong? it’s conclusively decidedly undoubtedly maybe it’s a symptom everyone’s got philosophy everyone is talking but no one can hear reiterating thoughts from color tv why not when we’ve got digital reception from sci-fi to nbc everyone’s got a philosophy twisting turning like a rapid fire merry-go-round rolling tumbling trying to keep my feet on the ground what is right? what is wrong? it’s conclusively decidedly undoubtedly maybe it’s a symptom everyone’s got philosophy cyber savvy moral and true consciousness and yoga feng-shui guru recycling progressive tae bo and qi zen organic manifest destiny new age alternative oprah and mendhi religious-isms political-isms socialogical-isms phathological-isms does that even exist? well don’t just stand there let’s get to it strike a pose there’s nothing to it twisting turning like a rapid fire merry-go-round rolling tumbling trying to keep my feet on the ground what is right? what is wrong? it’s conclusively decidedly undoubtedly maybe it’s a symptom everyone’s got philosophy

Stay

Written By: Chelle Murrey

I can see it in your eyes
That you’re not coming back
I must be stoic – I must be strong
As you walk into my past

And as the door is closing
I start to unpack
Everything around me
Is a photograph

CHORUS:
I know I’m going to be OK
That’s what I tell myself anyway
That’s what Momma said when Daddy went away
I just want a man who will STAY

Light a candle – Say a prayer
Who cares if no one hears
No one to call – No letters to write
I fell old beyond my years

CHORUS

Solo

CHORUS

And I just want a man
I just want a man
Just want a man who will stay

With You

Written By: Chelle Murrey

I don’t know what to say
If you want time away
So I’ll just pass the days
In past times

I thought it would be different
I thought that we’d endure
But now you’re running scared
You’re unsure

CHORUS
Love’s a fickle thing
It’s a risky game
It’s a pain-in my ass
It’s a stab in my back
It’s heartbreak
It’s a mind screw
But I’d do it all again-
With you

I tried being patient
While you were cruel
You acted indifferent
While I acted the fool

And if silence is golden
You’re as rich as a king
But I can’t wait much longer
For that phone to ring

CHORUS

SOLO

CHORUS

I don’t know what to say
If you want time away

Discography

Uncomplicated - 2002; Pigtail Records
Fa La La-Part 1 - 2007
New CD to be released in 2008

Set List

Sets can run up to about 2 hours

Originals make up a large portion of the set.

Some covers include -

Brand New Key
Boots Like Emmy Lou
Crocodile Man