Smooth Jazz, Chill Composer, musician and producer Mike Murray, hadn’t touched a musical instrument for thirty years - until the death of his father. An accomplished but unknown pianist himself, Mike’s father raised him from the age of seven and exposed him to the Jazz classics. His mother's acoustic guitar was the first he'd ever seen or touched. Musical roots. As a kid, Mike’s musical seeds were further sewn during the summers on an old, tattered upright piano at a summer camp but he lacked focus. He landed a spot with a local high school funk band as a drummer but before musical seeds could take root, the time came to turn the page to the next chapters in life.
Mike was heavily influenced by, music greats such as George Duke, Stanley Clarke, FourPlay, Santana, Hiroshima, Paul Hardcastle, Alex Bugnon, EWF, and Mandrill.
Over the years, Mike knew there was still something innately musical stirring inside so he returned to music making with a spur of the moment decision to purchase a keyboard. This provided a creative outlet but perhaps most pivotal for Mike was when shortly thereafter, a friend heard something special enough in a recording to offer strong encouragement with one resounding and repetitive message: “dig deeper”. So he did until the release of his first CD “Skyline” in 2007.
Mike’s twentieth commercial release, "Daylight" reflects his clear commitment towards breaking new ground, delighting his fans and achieving compositional excellence.
Here's what fans have said about Mike's music:
"We love your music here in Amsterdam. When are you planning to play over here :-)" All the best! - Peter.
"Awesome music, but u need to go back and finish Interlude on the Sax Man CD, at least 4-5mins long. Man that's a smoker (extremely nice). Do like Paul Hardcastle did, he took his Aug. 6, 1945 and made Moments In Time, in which is another smoker. I very grateful for your music and pray for your continued success and many more years of music. Please consider it." - Marlon
"Dude when you perform again let me know? Your music is off da chain...………………..ATL" - Earl
"You have been blessed with a special talent. You have already achieved your goal of writing for an "A list" artist. You are an A list artist. God bless my brother."
"I'd love to work with you, sometime, for sure! You are a true STAR, and SHOULD be touring, for sure."
"You’ll be proud to know on this day, Tobago enters my hall of fame.The bass track you laid down for it is just plain stupid."
"...just thought i would drop you a short line of appreciation of the music you have developed & produced ..its taken a while for me to find you ! I came across you purely by accident on iTunes listening and downloading the likes of Don Gorda Project,,Jens Buchert to more jazzy overtones from Lonnie Liston Smith to Tim Watson & Brian Simpson to name just a few ! but i must say you have captured exactly the kind of music that fills my soul with great joy and have now downloaded most of your work to my absolute pleasure & appreciation and hope that it may long continue.....i will be now be following you with great interest." - "Paul"
"I would like to offer my most sincere congratulations for your recent single release ''Elegance'' this number is one of greatest instrumental song I ever heard , its really a hit! It takes really hard work and creativity to come up with such fantastic great sound, melodically composed and fantastically aranged instrumentally. I enjoyed listening to it day and night its really touching, with it's smooth and sweet melodious background and I must admit is one of the Instrumental chilled songs of all time. I wish you all the success and best for the future - "Jimmy"
"Just wanted to let you know dude you are a badass !!! just checked out some of your music from youtube as I was scrolling thru my library of music and found your music. I have never heard of you before although I am a heavy listener of WCLK radio here in the ATL. I am a acid jazz DJ and lover of music of all kinds but your style is different from the rest really some smooth stuff. Thanks brother and keep this good music coming. Let me know of any upcoming concerts that you may have. We need to get you on the list for Wolf Creek Concerts under the stars soon........ see ya!" - "Earl"
"Wow I just discovered your music on Saturday; I have fallen completely in love. Hardcastle is my favorite artist, I have to say after listening to your music I'm not so sure anymore. I have a lot of catching up to do where Mike Murray music is concerned, but I'm sure to be on track before long. How fortunate I am to have discovered you and your talent. I look forward to hearing all your music and what's to come moving forward. Your brand new fan!!" - "Dianne"