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Grammy Nominated Producer Mooka Rennick & Lauren Murphy  team up for her first solo CD in nearly a decade.
Grammy Nominated Producer Mooka Rennick & Lauren Murphy  team up for her first solo CD in nearly a decade.
Grammy Nominated Producer Mooka Rennick & Lauren Murphy team up for her first solo CD in nearly a decade.
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"El Dorado" will be dedicated in tribute to my late husband, vocalist & songwriting partner, Judge Murphy, who I recently lost to a 4 year battle with Cancer and Organ Transplant Failure. 

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

I'm a veteran performer/songwriter based out of The Sierra Nevada in California, and this will be my first solo album in nearly a decade. For the last 15 years I sang along side my husband Judge in the bands ZERO & Lansdale Station. From 2005-2013, my focus was writing for our five-piece rock band, and now I need a current product in hand to represent where I am and where I'm going. I have many great opportunities ahead, but after eight years as a band leader I need something that represents where I stand now.

I'm recording with Grammy nominated Producer, Mooka Rennick, at Prairie Sun Studios, in Cotati, CA. The record will feature many notable players I've had the pleasure of sharing the stage with over the last 15 years of my career, as well as some new hot rod mountain pickers I've recently discovered. Mooka knows how to capture the "magic" that makes the difference between good art and truly great art.

Mooka & I (and You!) are producing a solid Americana experience that fuses "natural performance" and "high fidelity". The songs take the listener on a journey through the mountains of the heart, with a cast of resilient characters. It's not just about suffering. It's about strength and redemption. In the end, it's all about hope and appreciation for this brief but beautiful life.

The total cost for this record is estimated at $13,000, but I'm asking my friends and fans to meet me half way at $6500, and be a part of making "El Dorado" a reality. 

*Remember, the project won't fund if we don't reach the goal*

Engineer Jared Havens, Lauren Murphy, & Producer Mooka Rennick Session 2 Prairie Sun Studios
Engineer Jared Havens, Lauren Murphy, & Producer Mooka Rennick Session 2 Prairie Sun Studios

My target is to release this on 9-15-2014, the one year anniversary of the passing of my husband & musical partner, Judge Murphy, for this was not just my dream, but one he had dreamed for me this year as well.

Lauren Murphy at The Judge Murphy Memorial Concert, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, Ca 10-25-2013
Lauren Murphy at The Judge Murphy Memorial Concert, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, Ca 10-25-2013

We're not just making a CD, we're making Vinyl!!

Where We Are: 

As of 4/1/2014 Sessions One & Two are done. I have 10 solid acoustic guitar & vocals tracks all ready. It sounds AMAZING! Next is to secure funding and begin scheduling the session players.

What still needs to be done:

• 2-3 sessions for instrumentalists & harmony vocals
• Mixing Session
• Mastering Session
• Cover Photo & Design
• Replication of Cds & Vinyl 

Track List:

1.) Snow on the Dogwoods
2.) For the Love of Texas Ellen
3.) El Dorado
4.) Sweet Louisa
5.) Hallie Lonnigan
6.) Love Again
7.) Renegade Rose
8.) The Ballad of Booker & Honey
9.) The Dreadful Wind & Rain
10.) True

Lauren Murphy has performed with Steve Kimock, Judge Murphy, Pete Sears, Bobby Vega, Gregg Anton, Robin Sylvester, Mark Karan, Dan Lebowitz, Nikki Blum, Melvin Seals, Ryan Scott of the Monophonic Horns, Bernie Worrell, and many more.

El Dorado Live at The Judge Murphy ZERO family Tribute

 Sweet Louisa

 El Dorado Live from the Hopmonk with Doug & James Harman 

Updates will be listed here as well as on my Lauren Murphy Entertainer Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lauren-Murphy-Entertainer/145835268798750 . You can connect to it through my home page under "Links", www.LaurenMurphyMusic.com 

Risks and challenges

This is my fourth studio recording and second time I've worked at Prairie Sun Studios in Cotati, CA. With Mooka in the co-production seat alongside myself, I feel confident there are little or no risks/ challenges, other than a mass extinction via astroids. There is nothing to fear, but fear itself!

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    2 free downloads, chosen by Lauren, emailed to you from the CD prior to it's official release. Be some of the first to hear it

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    1 autographed vinyl album, 1 signed CD, and your choice of either 1.)Lauren Murphy's "Magnolia Heart" studio CD or 2.)"Lansdale Station - featuring Judge & Lauren Murphy" studio CD

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    1 autographed vinyl album, 1 signed CD, Your name in "Special Thanks" of the liner notes of "El Dorado", And A limited run special edition LIVE CD of "The Murphy Goodman Project" Live from New George's , Sept. 1996, featuring Judge Murphy, Steve Kimock, Dave Goodman, Doug Harman, Liam Hanrahan, & Ty Smith, produced by Lauren Murphy

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    1 signed CD, Your name in "Special Thanks" section of the liner notes of "El Dorado", and a 90 minute instructional songwriter session/critique, to take place at a mutually agreed upon date & time, with Lauren Murphy either via Skype or in person in El Dorado County at the El Dorado County Arts Council Art Space in Placerville, Ca. or in Marin County, Ca. at Banana's at Large in San Rafael.

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    Your name listed as Executive Producer in the Liner Notes of "El Dorado", a special handwritten thank you note from Lauren, 3 signed CD's, and 2 signed vinyl albums

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