Inspirations Old & New


As you can tell, time & gigs have prohibited me from doing more text blogging.  I will try my best to get in more of them when I have a free moment or two.

Many of you have asked which artists & composers provide the most inspiration & help create the basis for my ideas.  I figured I'd post the list of the many people who have shaped my sound so you have a better understanding of where I'm coming from and where I'm trying to go.  Believe me, there are scores of folks I'm leaving out, but only because I'm pretty sure Blogger has a character limit on their posts *grin* - Enjoy!

Classical (BIG Influence in my life for those who don't know): 

Palestrina, Machaut, diLasso, Caccini, Monteverdi, the Bach family, Scarlatti, Handel, Gluck, Haydn, MOZART, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Rossini, R. Strauss, J. Strauss, Rossini, Bellini, Tosti, Debussy, Verdi, Brahms, Berlioz, Scriabin, Wagner, Orff, Bartok, Bernstein, Britten, Weil, Copland, Simpson, Nestor

Musical Theatre:

Lerner & Lowe, Rogers & Hammerstein, Rogers & Hart, Lippa, Kander & Ebb, Sondheim, Andrew Loyd Webber, Stephen Schwartz, Jason Robert Brown, William Finn, Adam Guettell


Train, Miles, Monk, Marsalis, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald


Michael Jackson, Carol King, The Beegee's, Linda Rondstadt, Bette Midler, James Taylor, Judy Garland, Simon & Garfunkel, Jefferson Starship, The Cranberries, Smashing Pumpkins, Bryan Adams, Celine Dion, Chicago, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, U2, Bono, Tina Turner, Janet Jackson, Elton John, Billy Joel, Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Carly Simon, Karen Carpenter


B.I.G., 2Pac, Eminem, Nas, LL Cool J, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugz n Harmony, Game, Big Pun, The Fugees, Busta Rhymes, Lauryn Hill, Da Brat, The Lox (Individually and as a group), Wu-Tang Clan, Redman Mathod Man, Missy Elliot, Lil' Kim, Foxy Brown, DMX, The Roots, Jay-Z, Kanye West, and and ALL old skool rappers, !TENSE!


Michael Jackson, AGAIN! Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Etta James, The Emotions, Nat King Cole, Yolanda Adams, Lauryn Hill, Lena Horne, the Clark Sisters, Earth Wind & Fire, Daryl Coley, Shaka Kahn, Richard Smallwood, Brian McKnight, Whitney Houston, SWV, Mariah Carey, Idina Howard, Jodeci, KC & JoJo, Ideal, Oleta Adams, Babyface, Usher, Dru Hill, 112, Boyz II Men, Case (certain work), Faith Evans, R. Kelly (pre-court cases), Blackstreet, Darnell Jones, Aaliyah, Total, Craig David

P. Murray and The Fertile Ground Two-Year Anniversary


You are invited to the following event:
Fertile Ground (Harlem, NYC): In Good Time
Thursday, November 10, 2011 from 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM (ET)
Dr. Barbara Ann Teer's National Black Theatre
2031 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10035
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For two years, the Fertile Ground: New Music & Art Series has been bringing incredible talent and energy to the stage at The National Black Theatre in Harlem. It has consistently provided artists - both new & seasoned alike - a chance to present material in a space that is warm, inviting, and encouraging. The Fertile Ground House Band has risen to the occasion of providing these artists with quality music & an incomparable aesthetic bed of sound for their work every time they get together to perform. And the consensus continues to be that Fertile Ground is unlike any other variety showcase in all of New York City.

It is with this confidence that, as co-coordinator, P. Murray & PMG proudly invites you to the extended two-year artistic celebration on Thursday, November 10th, on the NBT stage. We will be inviting back some Fertile Ground favorites to reacquaint our audience with their work, and we will welcome new creators & artists to present their talents alongside them. It is going to be a truly incredible evening, and you do not want to miss out. Thank you to everyone who has been supporting the Fertile Ground movement; see you on the 10th!!!

We hope you can make it!

The National Black Theatre's Communication Arts Program

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