Gospelcity talked to RCA Inspiration Artist
William Murray about his latest project, which is
currently holding at #3 on
Music Charts and his
insights about worship and his preaching ministry.
Let me start by congratulating you on your latest project
"God Chaser." I know youíre excited about it. Itís an
exciting time when youíre getting ready to birth something
new to the body of Christ.
Iím excited about a couple of things. This is my first album
which was on Verity which is now changed over to RCA
Inspiration which is a major change there.
Thatís exciting because we are merging resources and teams that will help
the overall effort with promoting the record. Iím excited
about this record, "God Chaser" on this label.
The album is a result of just the times that we had in
prayer and worship in our church. God just gave us these 15
songs and we knew it was time to make another record. We
started gathering our resources and talking with folks and
saying we are ready to make another record. We ended up
with the relationship with Verity (now called RCA
This collection of songs...I call them a collection of prophetic songs. There are songs that literally meet the people where they
are. Every time we sing them itís like God present comes. You can sense Godís presence when we sing these songs. Churches all over the world are going to be singing the
songs. Some of the songs are already out like ĒGod
Chaser.Ē People have been singing that song for over a
year. With the phenomenon of YouTube and the digital
platforms somebody got a hold of ďGod ChaserĒ and
people started singing it in their churches. We had not
even recorded the song yet. People were already grabbing
the music and singing it. People were like, "when we can
get it?" These songs are what I call Sunday morning songs.
It is songs people are going to be able to use to access
I know, even in my church, the praise teams
already singing the songs.
Itís something fresh to bring to
the worship experience.
CD projects have you done?
this will be my fourth solo project. Itís funny. I was
talking about this on the radio today. My first project was
called "Changes" that I made about 15 years
ago. I borrowed $8,000.00 from my grandfather to make it.
It was one of those records. The funny thing, I was in Japan
a few months ago and somebody walked up to me with that
CD. I was going, Wow!! I was like, people are still
listening to those songs. God has given me that grace to
record and write those kinds of songs that kind of stay in
when you are singing on other CD projects you bring this
intensity to the worship experience. I was wondering, where
does that intensity come from?
Really, itís a passion to be not so much in Godís presence as
much as itís my desire to please God. Thereís
difference. Some people, they want to be in Godís presence
because they feel better, to get healed. But my desire and
my passion when you hear my worship is to please God. I was
saying this to someone yesterday...the reason that I worship
to God with such a passion is because Iíve messed up. Iíve
messed up and I need God. Thatís what you hear in
ďPraise Is What I Do,Ē when you hear
ďGod Chaser,Ē or ďYou Reign.Ē
Thatís what comes across in the music. I think thatís why
itís been a blessing to people because they are able to
sense my heart and know that my passion is really for God
and not just about His presence.
You answered my question because I know youíre singing from
a real place. Youíre drawing from experiences with God when
you needed Him and
you are reaching and touching others.
get to a place and realize all of this other stuff Iíve been
trying...they are all counterfeits. Let me just find God
for real. You get to that place and figure out what really
matters and God blesses you. Man, Iím excited about this
record. One of the lines says ďI chase God. I want God.Ē
We are making a distinction between just again being in a place of
need where I need something from God but making the
transition to the place I just want God. I think youíll see
that transition in this record. Weíre ministering to a
place not just, "Hey God, help me," but to a place of, "Hey
God, I just want to be with you."
You are known for singing worship songs. What is your
definition of worship?
a simple question, but itís not. My definition is complete
devotion to your relationship with God. I worship God
because Iím devoted to my relationship. Not because Iím
scared to go to Hell. You see the difference.
I see the difference.
not worshipping out of fear of God. Iím worshipping God
because I tried this other stuff and Iím still not fulfilled
and Iím realizing that really God is what I really need. It
births another type of hunger in a manís soul when you
finally get to that place when you really realize its God
who I really need. I believe youíre going to see this in
this record. Thereís a song on the project that says ďMy
life is in your handĒ and another song that says ďYou
Thereís another song ďIt Works.Ē But the lyric says ďthis is my
season of grace and faith.Ē It is sort of a culmination of
my relationship with God. Once you get to a place with your
relationship with God and He can trust you with some things,
then some things can turn in your favor.
When people are listening to your project God
Chaser, what do you want
the listener to take away from the project?
prayer is, when people finish listening to the
Chaser" record, that they will have renewed hunger
to deepen their relationship with Jesus. Thatís my prayer
that the music would impact their lives to want to go back
to the project to have the experience and encounter every
day. Thatís my prayer, not to just sell some records or for
people to say ďOh we love that song,Ē but to really create
this hunger for Godís presence. People just want to have
this experience daily that they experiencing Godís presence
becomes a part of their daily bread.
do you balance being the pastor, family man and artist?
Man to be honest with you, Iím juggling a little bit here.
I find balance because I look for it. Some guys are so
committed to the ministry that they become uncommitted to
their families. Iím able to find some kind of balance
because I look for it. I tell the church sometimes, Iím not
coming to church or an event because my daughter has a
basketball game. There are some days I have to tell my
daughter, this is really important and daddyís going to miss
this game. But Iím going to be at the next 3 games. Youíve
got to find that balance. There are some invitations Iím not
able to accept because Iíve got something going on at my
church or Iíve got things going on with my children or my
wife. Balance has to be intentional.
William, since you get to
travel and preach around the world you get a perspective
about whatís going on in the Body of Christ, hw would you
describe this time we are in currently the Body of Christ?
really see the Body of Christ coming out of a season of
demonic depression. I really see the Body of Christ really
going into our finest hour. Weíve had some difficult days
man. Weíve had some bad days. I see the Body of Christ
emerging in this season. We are coming forward.
How I see this happening is because the focus is moving away from the
pulpit and now the focus is moving to the pew. The concept
of church is evolving and people are understanding now that
itís not just about me going sitting and listening to
someone talk to you but itís really about a need for me to
develop my relationship with God.
The point is, if the pastor quits, the Body of Christ is still moving
forward. Itís not just about one person or one
personality. Literally, the soldiers are getting into
position. I think people are being empowered on a personal
level. I see the Body of Christ advancing.
The theme at our church (The Dream Center Church in Atlanta) is
ďDeveloping a Better Me.Ē One of the things that God keeps
saying to me is, if we can focus on getting better
personally, that the corporate man will automatically be
better because we have everybodyís focus on developing
themselves. Instead of everyone saying ďLet the preacher do
it,Ē we are all working together. Now we understand that
the kingdom agenda is all of our assignment, not just
Thatís why I like asking pastors this question about the
season we are living in the Body of Christ. I personally
definitely sense that myself as you were talking. Share
with me information about your church.
Iíve had the honor of leading the
Dream Center Church.
Iíve pastured for seven years now. We are in North Atlanta
and now recently at South Atlanta. You can find us on the
www.thedreamcenterchurch.org or you can find us on
Facebook at thedreamchurchofatlanta or on Twitter at
How can people find out about your
CD project God Chaser?
You can go RCA Inspiration website www rcainspirition. You
can find me on Twitter at PastorMurphy and Facebook at
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What do you do in your spare time for fun?
Man, during my wind down time Iím a movie buff. I like to
bowl. I enjoy doing regular stuff.
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