Monday, April 25, 2011

Gospel/R&B singer to record live concert in Fort Mill Thursday

R&B singer Shirley Murdock, who had her biggest solo hit with 1987's "As We Lay," will record her upcoming live concert CD/DVD, "The Journey," at The Broadcast Group Complex (8400 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill) Thursday, April 28th. The concert boasts a star supporting cast of veteran female R&B singers - Kelly Price, Regina Belle, and Beverly Crawford, who will join Murdock on stage at different points during the show.

Murdock, a native of Toledo, Ohio, started her career as a gospel singer but ventured into R&B after becoming a backup vocalist for the `80s funk family band Zapp. Murdock was a featured vocalist on the 1986 Zapp hit "Computer Love" and went on to chart as a solo artist. Her solo hits included "Go On Without You," "No More," and "As We Lay" (which was co-written by Zapp's Larry Troutman).

After touring with the inspirational play "Be Careful What You Pray For" (with Cuba Gooding, Jr.) in 2000, the singer-turned-actress returned to the gospel music of her youth with her first gospel cd "Home." She worked on that record with Grammy award winning producer Cedric Thompson (an Anderson, SC native). She and Thompson are re-teaming for "The Journey" and his hometown connections dictated the live recording happen here.

"This gives him access to the wonderful musicians and singers in that area, not to mention the beautiful venue we'll be ministering, recording and filming in," she explains.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

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