Charlie Daniels, Roy Acuff, Doug Kershaw... These names conjure images of a singer, front and center, making an audience scream as they sawed away on the most American of instruments: the fiddle.
What's missing from that list? Simple. A woman.
Natalie Murphy is determined to add her name to that elite group. Beyond that, she is poised to redefine it.
Natalie Murphy is a woman characterized by an unconventional, even contradictory nature: She is a city girl from Minneapolis, MN, longing for a home on a farm in the country with her horses. A singer who sings with the soul of Tina Turner yet has the smooth lilt of Emmylou Harris. A classically trained violinist destined to rock out for thousands.
Murphy began her musical journey when she began taking violin lessons at age 5 and extensively studied classical music. As time went on she began to expand her musical horizons, singing and learning to play guitar. She wrote her first original songs as an early teenager and around the same time started to perform in bands. It was in these early shows that she started to develop her unique fiddle style: melodic and passionate with an edge that cuts like an electric guitar.
By the time she was 20 this diverse blend of strings and voice had taken her to stages all around the world. She joined a popular Midwest band and averaged 200 shows a year in smokey bars and on festival stages. It was in these shows that she developed a stage presence that is electric yet approachable. It wasn't long before she set her sights on Nashville.
"Nashville was an inevitable evolution for me, though I might not have realized it when I was younger," Natalie says of her 2011 move. "I had dreams of being my own person, my own artist. I had a vision for the music I wanted to make. Nashville seemed like the place I could develop that vision and bring it to fruition."
Within a year of her move Murphy appeared on the Grand Ole Opry close to a dozen times with some of the biggest names in Country Music. She joined the band of rising star Maggie Rose, and toured with her for almost 2 years before stepping away to write and record her first solo album. Since striking out on her own, Natalie has performed all over the world, including several tours in the Middle East for US Soldiers, has a writing credit on country star Cam’s record Untamed, and has recorded fiddle and vocals on major label records. In the fall of 2018, Natalie was in the house band playing fiddle, guitar and mandolin on the USA Network’s first season of Real Country, Nashville’s brand new country music contest show featuring Shania Twain, Jake Owen and Travis Tritt.
Now, as a solo artist, Natalie Murphy is stepping out as a woman following in the footsteps of the fiddle-wielding men before her. It's about time.
In 2018, Natalie Murphy released her debut solo album Water the Flowers which is available on all digital outlets.