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William Murphy
Settle Here


  Atlanta's 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 the church.

  Murphy's music 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."

See William Murphy's live performance of "Settle Here" - Click Here 

See William Murphy's lyric video of "Everlasting God" - Click Here 

  "Settle Here" 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.

  The keyboard-led 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.


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Grammy-nominee William Murphy offers an exceptional live recording, captured in two distinct sessions. Blending intimate recordings from a private home session with full-scale corporate worship captures, Settle Here features the powerful title track in two parts, plus Zach Williams' "Chain Breaker," "The Rock," "Face To Face," and more.

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Recorded live at Douglasville, Georgia's Church at Chapel Hill, Demonstrate is an electrifying Gospel worship experience, showcasing William Murphy's powerful vocals and songwriting prowess on fourteen tracks. With guest appearances from Tasha Cobbs Leonard, James Morton, and Nicole Binion, this 2016 release includes Alive, Everlasting God, Lies, and more. 
2017 Grammy Nominee:
Best Gospel Album

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