Laney Murphy
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Laney Murphy

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"Laney Murphy @ Sound CIty Festival"

Humble, unassuming and engaging, Laney Murphy sings songs about urban life, self-deprecation, love, and naming and shaming the people she see on the streets in her daily life. It's observational, heartfelt stuff.

Having played around Liverpool for a number of years under various guises, Murphy has now begun to forge her own sound around new band members. Harnessing influences from as far afield as Guyana and, er, Scotland Road, Murphy then blends this with her love of the likes of Al Green, Bill Withers and Aretha Franklin, resulting in a curiously intimate mix of ska and soul.

Already a SoundCity veteran having been a hit at last year’s inaugural festival, Laney Murphy has also performed with John Power, Ian McNabb, Justin Nozuka, Ned Murphy and Natty, and is enjoying growing exposure on BBC Radio Merseyside and Radio City.
- Another Media


Laney has hundreds of songs in her portfolio ready for release. These can be heard via and on local radio on a frequent basis.



Laney Murphy is a multi-faceted singer songwriter from Huyton, Liverpool. Her songs are about urban life, self deprecation, love, and mainly analysing and naming and shaming the people we see on the streets in our daily lives. It's observational stuff. It's humorous stuff. It's heartfelt stuff!

After performing for around 8 years with various line ups, including The Hellfire Sermons and The Sorrys, Laney has formed her own unique blend of talent. In the past six months, she has taken her songs to a whole new level. The funky ska sound is shining through now she's working with a set of skilful musicians (including Martin Joseph of The Sofa Kings and Ian Lewis) .

The live performance is an unusual set up of Laney strumming the acoustic, and the gentle giant, Ian Lewis, working his magic on an electric. It's an unusual sound for the curious mix of genres: ska / soul.

And the mix doesn't stop there... with half of her family being from Guyana, and the other half being from the infamous Scotland Road, Liverpool, you can see how her musical influences are so varied. She is inspired by people who use their vocal talents to their full potential; Rev Al Green, Bill Withers, Aretha Franklin. Laney has a blend of Bob Dylan's lyrical capabilities, and pairs it up with vocals akin to Little Annie Anxiety.

In her humble manner, her unassuming style is over shadowed when she opens her mouth. Her a capella is awesome and is a highlight of her live performances. Laney somehow tells a full story in three or four minutes with the voice of a songbird.

Laney Murphy has played at all the reputable venues in the North West, and gets lots of radio support from BBC Radio Merseyside, and Radio City as well as the student stations. She's performed with the likes of John Power, Ian McNabb, Justin Nozuka, Ned Murphy (The Rain), and supported Natty at the Sound City Festival 08.

Never one to shy away from a good story or an embarrassing moment, Laney will gladly recount the time she began a chorus of 'Gordon Ramsey' chants at the Mathew Street Festival mistaking singer Jack Roberts for the famous chef, or the time when she had to call her manager to bring some knickers to a gig after realising she had none on under her dress!

Laney is also a jewellery maker, works with healing and semi precious stones, reads tarot, she's the subject of her partner's artwork (check out her Myspace and website), and loves people watching.

Pop around to her house... Laney would like to make you a cup of tea and sing a song for you!