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Shirley Murdock started her career as a singer in Toledo, Ohio by singing gospel music. In 1984, she was hired by Roger Troutman to be a background singer for Troutman’s G-Funk group, Zapp. The funk group had several popular hits with Warner Brothers Records. Based on this success, Troutman began recording with Murdock.
Murdock and Troutman’s first charting single “Girl, Cut It Out” charted at #79 for the R&B charts in 1985. In early 1986, Murdock was signed to Elektra Records and released the song “No More” which reached #24 on the R&B charts. Her signature hit, “As We Lay,” was a tender, melancholy ballad that reached the top ten in R&B and #23 on the pop charts. Murdock released her LP Shirley Murdock in 1986 which went gold. The LP incuded the hits “Go on Without You” and “Be Free.” She released full-length albums in 1988 (A Woman’s Point of View) and in 1991 (Let There Be Love).
In early 2000, Murdock toured in the gospel play “Be Careful What You Pray For” with Cuba Gooding and David Peaston. In 2002, she released her debut gospel album entitled Home. Her work has been primarily gospel after Home. In 2007 she released Soulfood under the Tyscot label company and in 2011 she released Live: The Journey.
Her filmography includes acting on recent TV movies. In the 2011 movie The Ideal Husband directed by John Ruffin, she plays herself in this play adaptation. Murdock plays Nana in the 2012 movie called To Love and to Cherish. Recently, TV One decided to cover the life of Shirley Murdock on the television series Life After. It covered her musical journey from humble beginnings in Ohio to worldwide R&B and gospel star. On the show, Murdock showcased a series of personal stories, photos, videos, and anecdotes from family and friends. Leading up to the premiere on September 18, she chatted with Radio One stations across the country including Cincinnati, Houston, Columbus, DC, Dallas, Baltimore, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Raleigh.