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David LK Murphy: Bio

Born and raised in New York City, Elkay, as his friends call him, grew up playing cello, drums, a little piano and even some trumpet. Submerged in the lower eastside music scene at a young age Murphy picked up the guitar and started writing songs at thirteen. Like a bluesman waltzing to mozart Murphy's songs are hypnotic and rough, both intimate and candid. Born from a mouth of sharpened teeth and delivered with lilting precision his lyrics draw from poetry and pop alike.

Murphy returned to his hometown after a stint in Philadelphia where he played such well-known venues as The Tin Angel and The Point. Landing back in town, Murphy was adopted by the East Village songwriting scene where he quickly became a regular Village Voice Choice performer at Sidewalk Cafe.

After touring the US and Germany in the summer of 2005, Murphy entered the studio with producer Jason Marcus. He now exits having finished the long awaited recording, "Goodbye." Six songs long, with a supporting cast of rising stars, "Goodbye" is a departure from standard folk and indie-acoustic fair. Joined by sirens Sarah Bowman (The Bowmans) and Erin Regan, Murphy's voice rises from the ghostly chorus of Shilpa Ray's harmonium (Beat the Devil), shining throughout the songs.

There is a tension in his music. The tension that rises from singing the unspoken. Like the blues, Murphy's songs are triumphant even in their melancholy. His music bears this out, carrying a subtle joy even as his songs hint at death itself.