Ralph's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    The Bandwagon!

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Nashville, TN

  • AIRED ON:

    Indie: Indie Roadtrips

RALPH MURPHY

Vice President
ASCAP

“If you don't expose yourself to some level of risk, you can't learn.”

INTERESTS:

Business Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Beliefs & Faith Opportunity Risk

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

TAGS:

comfort, folk music, learning, travel

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says he's done everything in the music business: he's owned labels, been a session musician, written number-one hits.
  • Grew up in Canada; heard about the folk music scene in Los Angeles and decided to move down to California.
  • Says that everything in his life before then was grey, so he was in search of some color.
  • He realized their relaxed approach to songwriting wasn't working for him, so he moved again, this time to New York City.
  • While working as a session musician, he heard the Beatles for the first time and knew he had to go to Liverpool.
  • He was only 19 years old, and he was broke, so he lied and said he was a chef in order to get boat passage.
  • Within two years, he had a record deal with his group, The Guardsmen, kicking off a long, illustrious career.
  • A few years later, a song that he wrote hit number one on the charts; has since written for acts like Shania Twain and Randy Travis.

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