Maureen Murphy started singing in the school choir before becoming a member of the Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede. She continued on to sing and dance for them for a number of years. At the age of 14 she recorded her first album entitled ‘Songs From The Basement’ and it helped provide Maureen with opportunities to travel throughout Alberta opening for various country music artists. She has also been a featured performer in a touring Grand Ole Opry show, performed in numerous musicals and played a variety of music festivals such as the Big Valley Jamboree.
In 2001, Maureen won a Rising Star competition and headed to Nashville to record a 5 song EP. While in Nashville, she was a guest backstage at the Grand Ole Opry and was incredibly lucky to have Brad Paisley give her an exclusive tour. She later formed a singing group called ‘The Shooters’ an all girl country music song and dance group that went on to win the Cowboy Star competition and open for headlining acts throughout the city.
Maureen was one of the 4 Canadians selected along with Aaron Pritchett and George Canyon to compete in Los Angeles for a spot on the first season of the television show Nashville Star. She was also one of the top 24 girls on the television show Canadian Idol. In addition to this television experience, Maureen sings the anthem at many events including rodeos, government events and sporting events including the Labour Day Classic game in Calgary.
The definition of a good song means it is simple enough to relate to but complex enough to provoke emotion.
Maureen has sung at many events for the Calgary Stampede including the Cowgirls Dinner, on the Calgary Stampede float at the Stampede Parade, at the Grey Cup and the Prime Ministers dinner. Maureen has performed at many rodeos around Alberta and was also invited to perform nightly during the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas during the Buckle Presentation Ceremonies.
She has been recognized for her talent, hard work and dedication by being presented the AMOCO Award by the Young Canadians, was honored as a ‘Young Albertan’ by the Alberta Government Minister for the Arts, and was selected for a coveted Showcase appearance at Canadian Country Music Week where she performed her original material.
In 2005, Maureen won the Stampede Talent Search. This was a huge stepping-stone for Maureen’s music career. Soon after she recorded a jazz/blues album and played in different bands throughout the city, experimenting with many styles of music and venues.
While Maureen has enjoyed all of her musical experiences, she has decided she is the most at home with her country roots. She has created her own band with her own vision and is excited about this next chapter of her music career. Most recently, they performed at the Premier of Alberta’s Stampede breakfast. Due to the success of this event, she has banded together to create a country music album that they are incredibly excited about. Maureen writes songs that ring true to her and by doing so has attracted an amazing group of people that are incredibly excited to work with her. To Maureen, the definition of good music consists of songs that allow people to relate to them and is committed to work hard to write these for your enjoyment. Maureen is incredibly grateful about the support she has received so far and is really looking forward to what our team has planned and making music for all of you. Her album release is in 2015. We are really looking forward to it. Stay tuned.