Shirley Murdock Celebrity Interview – Ain’t No Love Like A Mother’s Love

Style + Life + Fashion had the opportunity to interview Shirley Murdock, R&B singer-songwriter and superstar.  She can also be seen performing during the upcoming event, “Ain’t No Love Like A Mother’s Love” on April 9, 2016 at the Murphy Fine Arts Center.


Who are your inspirations? (as in other artists)

My inspiration comes from artists who sing from a deep place, able to not only tap into their emotions, but make you experience the story and make you feel something thru the songs they sing: Aretha, Gladys, Stevie, Patti, Luther, Michael Jackson, Shirley Caesar, The Clark Sisters.

How did you get started as an artist?

I was discovered by the late Roger Troutman, front man for the funk band Zapp. He heard me singing “Jesus Is Love” for a gospel crusade, on a cassette tape that my cousin Jill beg my mom for a copy to let him hear.

Like the many previous offers that I received to do R&B, I said thank you, but no thank you, because after giving my life to the Lord at 15 years old, I believed I was only suppose to sing Gospel. Roger informed me that he didn’t have any connection there, but left the door open, should I ever want to give it a try.

I basically left there asking God why are the only doors opening are R&B and not Gospel? After praying, soul searching, talking to my family, pastor and remembering that my relationship and witness was constant, regardless of the jobs I’ve held. We take our faith and light everywhere God plants us.

So, I walked by faith thru the open door and it’s been and continues to be an amazing journey!

Who are your favorite singers?

As mentioned before, Aretha, Gladys, Stevie, Patti, Luther, Michael Jackson, Shirley Caesar and The Clark Sisters are my biggest inspirations, but I have to say, I love me some Whitney Houston, Vesta and Teena Marie, Natalie Cole (Gone Too Soon) and Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Lalah Hathaway, Kelly Price and Mary J. Blige!

What do you think about when your preforming?

When I’m performing, I think about how incredibly blessed I am to be living my dream and how these wonderful people have played such an incredible role in making that happen. It’s very humbling, because there are so many artists out there to choose from. I’m grateful, because it doesn’t have to be me!!!

This make me want to give my audience my all. I’ve been given so much, now it’s my turn!

What else can we expect from you in the future?

These 30 plus years in the business has allowed me to hone my skills as a singer, writer, arranger, actor and speaker. My desire is to continue to use my gifts to bring joy and inspiration to the world. I have books to write and Master Classes to do, to share knowledge and experience with the next generation.
I think we should die empty!!
I’m currently working on a “Life Song” project that has a nice balance and blend of inspirational songs with songs about life and love!

The Platform: Black Music Month Event in Baltimore

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Event Producer and Media Personality Kevin Lei is set to sponsor for its 3rd year, The “Platform: A Black Music Month Event”. Kevin Lei is the visionary of The Connection Network, a good-news media outlet based in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.

This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Baltimore’s musical haven Mood Ultralounge @ 347, located at 347 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, from 8-12midnight. The Platform: A Black Music Month Event is dedicated to showcasing the best in black music and artistry. This year’s performers include Stellar Award Winning Artist, Ms. Jessica Greene, International Recording Artist, Freedom Imani and National Recording Artists, April Hall and Christen B. The event will be co-hosted by National Playwright and Author, Crystal L. Bass, Executive Producer of America’s #1 hit stage play, “Ain’t No Love Like A Mother’s Love” and Media Personality, Rock Mitchell. This year’s 2015 Artist Achievement recipients will be multiple Stellar Award Winner and Grammy Nominated Artist, “The Princess of Praise and Worship”, Ms. Maurette Brown Clark and Nationally Hailed Legendary house DJ, DJ. Spen. “With the recent upheaval in our city, what better time than now to come together and celebrate the richness of our culture, our music, and those who have paved the way for us. I want this year’s black music month event to be reminiscent of attending a family reunion, where you see folks who you haven’t seen in a while, laugh until it hurts, enjoy feel good music, and socialize around tasty bites and delicious drink.” stated Kevin Lei, host of the Connection.

The Platform is one of the leading Black Music Month events in the city of Baltimore. Each year, we strive to give our audience an unparalleled evening of musical celebration. This year we are excited to honor and feature both established and emerging voices. To learn more about The Platform: A Black Music Month event or to purchase tickets log onto – tickets will go on sale June 10th. The Platform: A Black Music Month event, will take place on Tuesday, June 30th at Mood Ultra Lounge @ 347, located 347 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202.

About The Platform:

A Black Music Month Event: Created in 2012, The Platform, A Black Music Month Event is an outlet for artists and black music lovers alike to gather and experience phenomenal music from new and established artists to celebrate Black Music Month. The Platform has worked with nationally acclaimed stars such as TV One R&B Diva Lil’ Mo (2012 Artist Achievement Award Recipient), BET Sunday Best and Stellar Award Winning Artist, Ms. Y’Anna Crawley (2013 Artist Achievement Award Recipient), Sony BMG – R&B Superstar, Paula Campbell (2013 Artist Achievement Award Recipient), and NAACP Image Award Winner, Ms. Sheri Booker (2012-2013 Host), along with other dynamic artists and musicians within the metropolitan area and abroad. The Platform: A Black Music artists and musicians.

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