William Murphy - God Chaser

Published Wednesday 24th July 2013
William Murphy - God Chaser
William Murphy - God Chaser

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 130870-20163
LABEL: Verity 886979701922
RELEASE DATE: 2013-02-25
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Andy Cooper

The Atlanta-based one-time singer with the Shekinah Glory hitmakers, Murphy has pulled together a high quality, dynamic band and choir for this live recording. Despite its professionalism, it does tend to fall into the copycat trap of his Verity record label mates such as Fred Hammond, Hezekiah Walker and Kirk Franklin. Still, they are not easy acts to follow, and William's unique proposition is that of writing songs in the context of personal worship. His voice does not have the depth, character and tone of some of those already mentioned, but he makes up for it with devotion and sincerity. Check how he sings "Make Me Righteous". Rather than having a flashy band and choir to dominate the show, Pastor Murphy keeps the arrangements a little simpler, allowing the song lyrics to speak and inspire. "In His Hands" urges the congregation to trust the God they worship, while "It's Working" and "Already Getting Better" is an exercise of faith and prophecy. Because William doesn't have the most versatile voice, a few more solos from the talented choir members would have been welcome. But as it is 'God Chaser' has its moments.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. God Chaser [Listen]
2. You Reign [Listen]
3. In Your Hands [Listen]
4. It's Working [Listen]
5. Already Getting Better [Listen]
6. Higher [Listen]
7. Under My Feet (The Shout) [Listen]
8. Write A Song [Listen]
9. Nothing Can Take My Praise [Listen]
10. Praying For You [Listen]
11. Make Me Righteous [Listen]
12. Make Me Righteous (Reprise) [Listen]
13. You Are My Strength [Listen]

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Product Description
The third solo album but first on the Verity label from the third generation of William Murphys to make their name in Gospel.

A Detroit native, William Murphy III comes from a rich lineage of preachers and singers. Musically, he made his mark when he wrote and sang lead on the Shekinah Glory Ministry hit single Praise Is What I Do from their Gold album of the same name. He went on to release two successful solo albums: All Day in 2005 and The Sound in 2007.

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