Samantha Murphy
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"Samantha Murphy"

“...Unlike some of her collegues (like Liz Phair and Shannon Wright) Samantha Murphy doesn’t need big or small labels or big or small management. She does it all alone. A new, real, independent star is born.

The hot blooded, full time musician was born in Hawaii to Australian parents. Being part of the family band The Murphys, she grew up amongs Acrobats, Clowns and Musicians. Thankfully, she stuck to this uncertain and adeventurous tour-bus life style and makes better music than other family bands.

In such content surroundings, Samantha's excellently intense and sensitive songwriting has room to grow. Always with lyrics about the times, between emancipation, politics.... they’re having fun doing it. And we do too"

- Radio 19/4 Germany

"Samantha Murphy"

Samantha Murphy of Australia is the type of singer-songwriter that you can't help but be drawn to ; Because her material is creatively original & non derivative , she displays all of the gifts of melodic content & unique style that others merely emulate

In "4402 Cadillac Ave." , Samantha's utilization of open chord & suspended configurations & progressions , plays out like a fresh & wide open vista. Her Vocals remind one of Sheryl Crow to some extent ; Yet the latter does not possess the singular vision that is a trademark innate quality of Samantha Murphy's music

'Far Away" is a more reflective & melancholy tune that speaks of the world weariness of a grown soul that perceives the beauty of love , amidst the pain & frailty of human imperfection. Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves in a relationship that is going nowhere , is to exit a dead end & get as far away from the other individual as possible. For our own sanity & theirs

'I Am You" is an atmospheric song augmented with electric & acoustic guitar passages , coupled with subtle synthesis & Vox backgrounds. A splash of Banjo sets a scenic stage of emotion & lyrical insight. After all , Are we not all sailing on this blue orb together , traversing a sea of time

'I Wanna Go Home" variates with a AAA-Pop-Rock edge & reads like an audio diary. Samantha Murphy has a breadth & diversity in her work that shines like a dazzling gem in a prism of grey walls & urban mundane landscape

In the delightful song "Come Back To You" , the listener's senses are hypnotized by a heartfelt & engrossing longing , that essentially melts the coldest of forlorn hearts. Complimented by backwards-gated electric guitar & a splash of subtle synthesis , this song is a strong & wonderous piece of music that sends shivers down the spine. A real gem of a tune indeed

It is of note that Samantha has worked with artists such as Crowded House , INXS & Paul Rodgers to name a few. Her entrancing voice & beguiling charm , emote her magnetic qualities into her sonic art tales

Samantha Murphy is at a periphery in her career & she only shows the tip of the iceberg. Where she goes from here only heaven knows. Because the future belongs to those who dream

There is no barrier to a rising star on the horizon & Samantha Murphy exhibits intrinsic characteristics , that are blinding in their potential to shine towards the meridian forever
- United Global Artists


somewhere between starving & stardom
Days Like This



About Samantha Murphy and The Highway Girl

Google singer songwriter and the first name you’ll find is Samantha Murphy. For over four years, Samantha has been establishing herself as not only a singer songwriter, but the place to go to hear other great singer songwriters. With her popular show The Highway Girl, Samantha features a different artist from a different city and venue each week as she tours. Past guests include Aimee Mann, Martha Wainwright, Elvis Perkins, Cary Brothers, Juliana Hatfield, Teitur, Inara George, Jesse Malin, Harvey Danger and Abra Moore. Millions of people have downloaded her program.

Samantha is in demand as a speaker and has moderated and been a panel member at many conferences such as the Consumer Electronics Show, Digital Music Forum West, Future of Music Coalition Summit, College Broadcaster’s Inc. and MEISA’s National Conference. She has taken part in symposiums on behalf of Princeton University and has been quoted in major press publications such as Conde Nast’s and NPR.
Samantha’s independently released debut CD, somewhere between starving & stardom, was chosen as a top 10 for Village Voice’s Annual Pazz & Jop Poll by Michael Ross, who calls it “…a perfect pop record.� The album contains an all star band consisting of the rhythm section from Alanis Morissette’s multi-platinum debut Jagged Little Pill and Kanye West’s Cellist.
Performing professionally since she was six years old, Samantha has worked with Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Five for Fighting, Kylie Minogue and Erikah Badu as well as having appeared on TV shows ranging from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to Australia’s Hey, Hey It’s Saturday.
The Highway Girl, Samantha's company, was one of only ten companies out of 400 applicants accepted into the Techstars program in Boulder, Colorado. Last summer she was mentored by some of the finest entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in the world.
Samantha’s latest single and video “Days Like This�, Produced by Martin Terefe (KT Tunstall/James Morrison), is pre-loaded into RCA’s entire new line of MP3 players and has been shipped to Wal-Marts across the USA and Canada. The accompanying album, Some Assembly Required, will be available in the fall of ‘09.