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"Joyous Word"

  • Broadcast in Spirituality



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Seasoned R&B/Gospel vocalist Shirley Murdock, has been on a journey since the age of 15, she aimed for a gospel career.  In the `80s, Roger Troutman, funk bandleader for the group Zapp snagged Murdock a record deal with Elektra Records where she recorded Top 10 R&B hits such as “As We Lay,” “Go On Without You,” “Husband” and “In Your Eyes.” 
Then, in 1999,  Bishop T. D. Jakes took Murdock under his wing and invited her to sing on his #1 CD, Sacred Love Songs.
Since, then, she’s toured in gospel stage plays and recorded gospel hits, like the Stellar and Dove Award nominated “I Love Me Better Than That.”
Now, Murdock has realized a lifelong dream of recording her first live CD/DVD entitled, "Live: The Journey" on Tyscot Records. 
Aside from writing or co-writing all twelve songs, Murdock also made the project distinctive by including duets with her longtime industry pals... Kelly Price, Regina Belle and Beverly Crawford on the soulfully sanctified project.
On the set, Murdock showcases good old hand clapping, foot stomping songs like the up-tempo “He is God,” the Mardi Gras-flavored “Rejoice Come On” and the powerful worship song, “Lord, You Reign.” Kelly Price, who enjoyed a hit with a remake of “As We Lay” joins her for the tender, “Keep Lovin’ Me.”
One day Roger Troutman offered her a deal that she initially refused. "I said, `Lord, is really you? Is this the door you're opening for me?"
 Going into secular music wasn't my plan;  But it was God ordained, she confesses. “I met my husband, got married and started a family in Dayton. Shirley continues to do many things throughout her career including stage plays.