William Murphy recorded his current live album at the church he pastors,
the dReam Center of Atlanta in Decatur, Georgia. It is a follow-up to his
2006 chart-topping, Grammy-nominated 'Demonstrate'. The singing
bishop, worship leader and songwriter behind such gospel hits as "Praise
Is What I Do" and "Everlasting God" is excited about what will be
his sixth album.
He should be. It's already
debuted at #1 on Billboard's Gospel Albums chart and the lead title single
is at #6 on their Hot Gospel Songs chart.
He originally said, "I'm calling the record 'Bridges' because
that's what every one of these songs will be! A 'bridge' is a structure
carrying a pathway or roadway, over a depression or an obstacle. I believe
our lives will never be the same after hearing the Word that's embedded in
every one of these moments that we've captured LIVE. His glory is going to
settle here, and because His love never fails. It'll cause you to know him
as the rock, the chainbreaker, and enjoy a bliss like you've never known!"
Ultimately, the album's
name was changed to match the single, "Settle Here."
William Henry Murphy III was born on 2nd August 1973 in Detroit,
Michigan. Both his father and grandfather were pastors/bishops. He moved to
Atlanta, Georgia in 2001, with his wife Danielle and two children, to serve
as the worship minister at New Birth Church. He later founded the dReam
Center Church of Atlanta in 2006, where Tasha Cobbs Leonard was for
several years on the pastoral staff (and in fact Tasha and husband Kenneth
are the producers of the album). William's wife Danielle is also a pastor at
career began with the release of All Day in August 2005 on Epic
Records. This peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart,
his second The Sound on Central South Records in 2007, peaking at
number 23 on the same chart. William's third album We Are One reached
number 16 while his fourth God Chasers made three on Billboard's
Gospel Albums chart and number 90 in the mainstream album chart.
It was 2016's
'Demonstrate' featuring two hit singles Arise (You Are God) and
Everlasting God (featuring Bishop James Morton) which won him
a Grammy nomination.
In 2014 Murphy was asked in an interview with Christopher Heron
whether he was comfortable in being a pastor, worship leader and gospel
singer. Murphy responded, "I am absolutely comfortable. The song I wrote a
few years back says 'I was created
just to give you all the glory/I was created just to worship and adore
you/That is why I am here'.
My mother was 15
years-old when I was born. My father 17. They never married. If you look at
it in a natural sense, people would say I was a mishap, I was a mistake, I
was whatever. But man, I am supposed to be here, and this is what I'm
supposed to be doing. I'm absolutely comfortable in my skin. I love
pastoring the dReam Centre Church of Atlanta. They're the greatest group of
folks anywhere in the world. What God is going to do through the partners of
the dReam Centre is going to be world changing. I'm excited to be part of
the leadership of this group of people who are going to glorify God in the
earth and not just in the church. I am comfortable with it."
William Murphy's live
William Murphy's lyric
explores worship in it's different forms and was recorded in two sessions.
The first session included a small and intimate gathering of worshippers
gathered in the sanctity of Murphy's home, and was followed by the second
session, which manifested as a much larger corporate worship setting, and
took place in the church that he pastors, The dReam Center of Atlanta.
Pastor Murphy is
more than just a gospel music singer. And Settle Here is more than
just a record. Rather, Murphy is a scavenger for the holy. He scours through
the happenstances of life - whether it's our trials or our joys - and he
helps us see the vistas of God's grace, love and sovereignty in such
tableaus. Without ignoring our daily grinds and struggles, Murphy teaches us
to relinquish our fears and trust God afresh. Thus, it's in these songs our
faith are strengthen and our love for Jesus gets heightened.
Settle Here, Murphy's sixth album, was produced entirely by
Murphy's spiritual daughter and son-in-law, Tasha Cobbs-Leonard and Kenneth
Leonard (the duo behind Cobbs-Leonard's current chart topping release,
Heart, Passion, Pursuit). And like his previous album Demonstrate,
this is also a live album.
The album starts off
on an explosive note as Murphy offers a spirited version of Zach
Williams' CCM hit Chain Breaker. When Murphy commands "If you
need freedom or saving/He's a prison-shaking Savior/If you've got
chains/He's a chain breaker," you can feel your own shackles rattle.
While the rowdy The Rock is a tad nondescript, the album picks up
with Greatness of You. Flourished upon a gorgeous melodic line that
gives exaltation to our God despite our circumstances, the song has a
nostalgic 90s soul groove that is hypnotic. Those of us who are in the
throes of trials know the dread of the word "wait." But when Murphy sings
We Wait with so much faith, waiting on God doesn't sound that grim.
A listen to the title cut and hit single Settle Here reveals why
this is already a radio darling. Wrapped with Murphy's warm tenor and the
tender vibrato of the synth, Settle Here is a heart-warming
invitation to the Holy Spirit to dwell in our midst.
Love Never Fails is hands down a gem of a ballad. Add to that Murphy's
emotionally charged nuances, this song is definitely something to write home
about. As with most live recordings, there are some moments of impromptu
spontaneous worship. In this case, Praise Break and Shout are
such exemplars. Depending on how you view these moments, they can either be
tedious or spirited expressions.
Settle Here does have some fabulous moments. But the pride of this
record is not just in the songs. Rather, it's what these songs can do to our
lives. In times when we feel the pinch of life, this album helps us to see
the holy in the ordinary.