Neil Murray first appeared in the early 1980’s as a founding member of the Warumpi Band, which over three albums and twenty years of performing thrust contemporary indigenous music into mainstream Australia. He has since become one of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters, enjoying a solo career since 1989. He has released twelve solo albums - the latest being “Bring Thunder and Rain”
His song writing is diverse- from the rollicking Good Light in Broome, to the prayerful Native Born, the roots groove of Long Grass Band and Eddie Mabo, the journeyman monologues of Lights of Hay and Where my people go, to the contemplation of place in Burrumbeep Hill and Whispering Casuarina- his work has done much to deepen Australia’s contemporary music heritage.
In 1995, Neil Murray was awarded the APRA song of the year for "My Island Home" originally written for the Warumpi Band and re-recorded by Christine Anu. My Island Home featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
In 2007, Jailanguru Pakarnu- (Out From Jail) a song he co-wrote with Warumpi Band guitarist Sammy Butcher in the indigenous Luritja language- was honoured by the National Film And Sound Archives- “Sounds Of Australia” series- as a significant recording in Australia’s heritage.
Neil Murray’s songs have been recorded by Mary Black, Jimmy Little, Missy Higgins, Christne Anu, Peter Denahy, Adam Brand, Amy Saunders, Powderfinger, The Tiddas, Ursula Yovich, Peter Brandy and the Warumpi Band.
Neil Murray’s life and work will remain relevant while ever Australians ask the question – what in truth does it mean to call Australia home? - Martin Flanagan, The Age
Film clip to “Whispering Casuarina” http://youtu.be/etiA4IsaAD0