I welcome you Jamison at SANGKRIT.net, tell me about yourself ?
My name is Jamison Murphy, and I’m a 24 yr old singer/songwriter from Lakeville, MN. I’ve been playing music for 10 years and writing songs for 7. During that time, I attended and graduated from high school in my hometown of Lakeville, MN and college at St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN). I spent the past year modeling in New York City to save money for studio time.
My hard work has finally paid off—at the end of summer, I’m bound for Los Angeles, CA to make my debut record with Grammy-nominated producer, Warren Huart. Warren’s work is well-known by many music lovers; he produced both of The Fray’s first records (“How To Save A Life,” and their self-titled LP), Augustana’s “Can’t Love, Can’t Hurt” LP, James Blunt, Howie Day, etc…
This opportunity is a dream come true for me. To help lighten the travel/lodging expenses incurred by my band and I during our recording sessions in Hollywood, I launched my own Indiegogo campaign. See the campaign trailer for my whole story. There are also links to my songs, photos, and videos in its gallery, but here’s a direct-link to my first and only single’s music video I released in March, 2012, “Chapters.”
How long have you been working on your first Album for?
Since it’s my debut record, I feel like I’ve been working on it my entire life! You only get one “first record,” so unfortunately, I’ll never get to relive this experience in quite the same light again—I’m not taking anything for granted.
Which song are you most excited for people to hear from your first album?
The track list for the record hasn’t been finalized, so I can’t make that call yet. What I can say is: There’ll be a lot of stylistic variety from song-to-song. I don’t want people to listen to the record and feel like the same song’s on repeat.
Who were your biggest musical influences?
Singer/songwriters: Sleeping At Last, Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, James Blake, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran
Bands: Stateless, Coldplay, Sigur Rós, The Fray, OneRepublic, Augustana, Twenty One Pilots
What is something you learned recently about singing, and what are you learning about right now?
A while back, I didn’t really know my voice at all. I’d hear an artist with a great voice and wonder, “How come I can’t sound like that?” So, I’d try emulating my favorite vocalists ’cause that was my idea of ‘what sounds good.’ It wasn’t until the past year or so that I actually learned and accepted what my voice sounds like. It’s unique, but all my favorite singers have unique voices—some people will like it, some people won’t, and that’s okay.
Do you try giving messages in your songs?
Absolutely. I write songs with respect to remembering the past fondly, keeping your chin up in the present, and having faith in the future. I try to help people celebrate the good times cope with the bad times.
Do you have any plans for an international tour on your horizon?
None right now, but having a record under my belt should present a bunch of new opportunities. I hope touring is one of them.
What makes your endeavours unique? What’s next for you? Tell me if you have any long term goals?
I also feel like working with Warren is pretty special. I feel so lucky; most artists don’t have the opportunity to work with such a legendary producer for their first record.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I feel old! In this day and age, most musicians seem to start out so young! I took time to focus on my education, get my college degree, and save up my own money. 24 is still young, but now that I’m about to hit the studio, I’m giving music my best effort. My only long term goal right now is to finish the record, get people to hear it, and go on tour.
What you feel is your strength as a singer and how would you like to be remembered?
I think my greatest strength is songwriting. I try not to write without having a good reason to. Once a concept inspires me, I just run with it and hope for the best. I’d like to be remembered as someone who helped—just, in general. I want to leave as much love in my wake as possible, and so far, music has been the best way for me to do that.
What does success mean to you?
I don’t, and never will, measure success by money or fame. I solely measure it on whether or not I get to continue making records after this one, because that’s what I love to do—write, record, and perform.
I am open for interviewing all those individuals who opt internet as their place of doing business, What is your opinion for continuing this ?
I think you should continue interviewing. You asked good, thoughtful questions. The internet is the present and future of business. Definitely continue doing what you’re doing!
What is your ultimate message for netizens?
That I appreciate anyone who’s listening to me/reading this. This is my dream, and it’s coming true because of others showing interest and supporting me. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of this without the help of other people. Thank you for joining me on what I hope to be a very long journey! To hear my whole story, visit my Indiegogo page, watch my videos, hear my music, and, if you see fit, donate! Every cent counts and is greatly appreciated. This is my once-in-a-lifetime moment.