Ashley G. Woodson for Brotha Ash
Shirley Murdock came to Pittsburgh as a result of Pastor Karl
Edmonds of Millennial Reign Family Worship Center located at 7202
Kelly Street in the Heart of Homewood, PA and the rest of the
church family. Murdock was the last of four national recording
artist who showed their support to the Reign's series to help
the building located at North Homewood Avenue and Kelly Street.
Thanks to the twins: Pastor Karl and Keith Edmonds for the invitation
and to everyone who showed their support their to the Reign. You
can visit Millennial Reign at
WHEN DID YOU ENTER THE MUSIC INDUSTRY?
MURDOCK: I've been in the music industry all of my life.
I was ministering through a crusade team called to Techric based
out of Columbus Ohio and I had a cousin that worked with Troutman
Enterprises. We all got together and sang the Commodores song
called "Jesus Is Love". My cousin let Rodger hear that
tape and he said does she want to make records. My family was
really excited that Rodger heard the tape. I remember going to
speak with him letting him that I really didn't want to do R&B,
just gospel music.
the years I had many chances to do R&B, but I turned them
down. I started out as a gospel singer. Gospel music back then
is not what it is today. There are so many different styles of
gospel today. I asked the Lord if I should go through this door
and I just walked in by faith.
WHY GOSPEL MUSIC INSTEAD OF R&B MUSIC?
MURDOCK: No matter what my job was it wasn't going to stop
me from being who I was. I would do gospel at all of shows and
people who may have had a relationship with God and strayed away,
would come and talk to me after the show. We are all in the path
of life and we're discovering who God wants us to be. My footsteps
have been ordered by God. God has been growing me up and I answered
the called. The good news that I preach is that God is not mad
is a world out there that needs to hear that message. There are
so many people that will make you fell bad about the things of
your past. I want to dispell that lie and let people know that
God loves you no matter what.
WHY DO YOU SING YOUR R&B AT GOSPEL
MURDOCK: I sing my older hits at the gospel shows because
it is my story and I think to deny my testimony is wrong. I
tell people all the time to not let their past hold them hostage.
I know when I'm singing "As We Lay" or "Without
You", that it's clear to me what I'm singing about. I knew
it was a song about consequences. I have to reconnect with my
audience and bring them around to where I am. Some people can't
take it when I sing my old hits at gospel shows. I only do it
as the spirit leads. There are some shows that I won't sing
the older hits because the spirit doesn't lead me to do so.
People from back in day need to be reconnected to songs, but
in a different way.
the economy,there are not a lot of plays out there, but I'm
still doing plays. I have an opportunity to sing, preach, do
videos, plays and whatever God sees fit for me to do. I think
sometimes we limit God. Every door he opens for me I walk right
IS THERE ANYTHING SHIRLEY MURDOCK WANTS
TO DO IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY YOU HAVEN'T DONE ALREADY?
In my heart of hearts, I want to do a whole
new genre of music. I am a worshiper and I love it, but when you
come out of holy of holies, you still got to live. We know how
to do church, but do you know how to do mother, do you know how
to do sister, do you know how to do wife, do you know how to do
friend. We developed all these parts of ourselves to become a
whole person. I did a secular love song for one of T.D. Jakes
play a few years back and I think we need those songs. There is
too much divorce and we need to remember why we fell in love.
I want to continue to sing about every aspect of life.