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Meet Jae Murphy

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jae Murphy.

Jae Murphy is an international tour/nightclub DJ, executive music producer, songwriter, and actor.

Murphy was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and raised in Fayetteville, NC until the age of six-years-old, after which he relocated to Norfolk, VA where he spent the majority of his childhood, with the exception of a four-year stint in Iwakuni, Japan at the Marine Corp Air Station where his father was deployed during his employment as a Lieutenant Commander for the United States Navy. His father, Dr. Shelton Murphy, is the current pastor at Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church in Norfolk, VA and a former gymnast at North Carolina State University, and his mother, Doris J. Murphy, is a social worker and gospel comedian.

As the only child, Murphy grew up with a love of music and entertainment, learning how to play drums at an early age and being actively involved in his church choir. He attended Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake, VA where he shifted his focus to basketball, volleyball and track and field, and excelled as a student-athlete and graduated in 2007 with a 4.0 GPA, ranking #7 out of a class of 438. Although he was heavily involved in sports he continued studying music and was often known for collecting and creating mixtapes for his peers.

In 2007 he enrolled at Howard University and initially majored in Computer Science. But his passion for radio and television was too strong to ignore, and he eventually switched to Broadcast Journalism during his sophomore year. Murphy took on internships with Elite DC Radio, WHBC (AM), Tri Linx TV and HBCU Buzz Radio, but thanks to his natural stage presence, Murphy found a home as the host for a number of events on and off-campus, including the 2008 – 2011 Howard Homecoming Yardfest, which included performances from artists such as T.I., Rick Ross, Future, Young Jeezy, Wale, Clipse, Ryan Leslie, Doug E. Fresh and more. Due to his relentless work ethic, he was crowned the “Voice of Howard University” by Howard University Student Association (HUSA) President Nicholas Owen in 2008.

During his time at Howard, Murphy also built close ties with Wale. He was appointed by Wale and co-founder Le’Greg O as the official host of Every Blue Moon (formerly The Board Administration) and appeared throughout the artist’s 2011 “Ambition” Tour in anticipation of the release of his second studio album.

Hosting events and working in nightlife helped Murphy perfect his craft and develop a knack for knowing his audience, which sparked his interest in becoming a DJ. As a self-taught DJ, he began using his internship at 93.9 WKYS to help build his library and develop his skillset while he continued to shine on the hosting front.

Before leaving Howard, Murphy was also initiated in the Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. in the Spring of 2010, as well as delved into acting as the comedic relief in the 2012 independent short film Bittersweet directed by Ryan A. Cole and starring television and radio personality Big Tigger.

After graduating from Howard in the spring of 2012, Murphy was asked to host the 2012 BET Music Matters Tours headlined by rapper Kendrick Lamar and featuring artists such as Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, Stalley, and Fly Union. The show opened in Norfolk, VA, and after successfully hosting the first two shows in the Virginia area, Murphy was invited to host an additional 23 cities on the 30-city nationwide tour, enabling him to entertain larger audiences and build a strong social media following. It was during this tour that he also had his first opportunity to DJ in front of a live audience of Kendrick Lamar fans when halfway through the tour he was asked if he could hit the turntables at the last minute in addition to hosting.

After concluding his last show on October 17, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA, Murphy returned to Washington, DC where he continued working as a board operator for the Russ Parr Morning Show with 93.9 WKYS.

Shortly after the BET Music Matters Tour ended, Murphy relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for music and entertainment. In December 2012 Murphy relocated to L.A. to audition for REVOLT, a music television network founded by music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs. The opportunity fell through but the transition opened the door for him to host and DJ at Hollywood’s Supperclub, one of L.A.’s biggest night clubs known to draw the likes of big-name artists and DJs from around the globe before closing its doors in 2016.

From 2012 – 2016 Murphy was a resident DJ at the Supperclub, and on March 2013 became a resident DJ at Playhouse Nightclub in Hollywood while also playing at a number of high-profile venues around the Los Angeles area including: 1 OAK, Belasco Theatre, Roxbury (now Project LA), Emerson Theatre, Greystone Manor, The Argyle, Bootsy Bellows, OHM, Hooray Henry’s, Lure, Toxic Day Party and Penthouse Day Party.

Throughout 2013 Murphy was booking events across the country, including seven stops on the nationwide “Sneaker Pimps Tour” headlined by rapper Travis Scott with rapper Dutch Capital acting as supporting talent, when he got a call in November from the manager for rapper Problem, who invited him to audition to DJ for the upcoming The Separation tour. The audition turned into a rehearsal, and Murphy embarked on the seven-city tour alongside the rapper and special guest singer Eric Bellinger.

On June 23rd, 2013 Murphy released his first mixtape Summer in LA, which garnered over 50,000 views the first day on Live Mixtapes. In September 2014 Murphy co-wrote and released his first record “You Playin’ (This Could Be Us)” ft. Game, Eric Bellinger and Problem, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Twitter Emerging Artists chart and received rotation in the Washington, DC, Virginia, New York City, and Miami radio markets. In addition, he earned writing credits on Eric Bellinger’s record “Focused On You” ft. 2 Chainz, which debuted No. 2 on Billboard’s Twitter Emerging Artists chart and “Viral” from the Cuffing Season album, which debuted No. 6 on Billboard’s R&B Album’s chart.

Murphy embarked on the next tour with Problem for the 2014 “354: The Lift-Off” tour, and continued DJing for the rapper as well as Eric Bellinger until April 2015.

In April 2015, Murphy was contacted by Jason Derulo’s team to audition and began touring with the pop singer on May 8, 2015. Within a span of only three years, he became one of Hollywood’s most prominent and premier DJs. From working with artists such as Eric Bellinger, The Game, and French Montana, Jae Murphy has been the official DJ for Jason Derulo for four years; and has performed across the globe in Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, and Australia.

Working as Jason Derulo’s official DJ has changed Murphy’s life, and educated him in “unpredictably great ways that have guided my artistry,” he explains. When he isn’t on tour, Murphy is either in the studio creating or in a DJ booth performing as one of Hollywood’s premier DJs, masterminding the soundtrack at exclusive, private celebrity events and the hottest spots to party including 1 Oak, Poppy, and Nightingale.

From Wembley Stadium to Good Morning America to Jimmy Kimmel Live to the 2017 NFL Thanksgiving Day Halftime Show, Jae Murphy continues to use music to entertain a diverse audience and deliver a timeless and universal sound.

Jae Murphy’s newest single Angel was released on Sept 2nd, 2019. When Murphy wrote and co-produced his new track “Angel,” He originally recorded it only as a reference for another artist, then later decided to keep his vocals on the song.

He shares, “my new single ‘Angel’ is me honoring my creativity—something I fearlessly encourage and hope to inspire everyone listening to do. I feel this is a turning point for me in my career and I’m fully embracing it.” The Afro-Caribbean sound of the track is comprised of soft guitar chords and an afrobeat riddim, complimented by a smooth serenaded and R&B vocals.

Jae Murphy’s single Angel is now available on all digital platforms worldwide.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I swear I think I have had probably had the smoothest ride ever!!!

Sike! lol

“Without struggle, there is no progress.”

I often refer to my journey as “Howard To Hollywood: The Beautiful Struggle.” The biggest leap of faith was literally packing everything up in DC and moving to Los Angeles with no intentions of coming back. Call me brave, call me crazy, call me genius….I’ll take all of the above. From couch hopping for a two years, to hustling my DJ/MC skills in Hollywood nightclubs to secure income for survival, to adulting in the “City of Broken Dreams” (Los Angeles), doors being closed left and right, auditioning for radio and TV networks in the final rounds and not being chosen, keeping a smile and the same energy on your face when it’s time to perform even though everything is going wrong, not to mention sacrificing your personal love life and even trying to maintain a love life while pursuing a demanding career in entertainment, having family and friends pass away.

And most of all fighting every day of your adult life just grant your parents the supreme serenity and satisfaction that they raised a good a kid are probably some of the most intense struggles that I have dealt with and are still dealing with along the way of this journey. I have no regrets whatsoever, I’ve lost and learned, but most of all I came, I saw, and I am still conquering. The job is far from done and there is so much more work to do.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
The Registry is a company where we compose, orchestrate, & design innovative moments in all facets of entertainment for a diverse audience delivering timeless experiences.

As a visionary, I write, compose, & produce music and content through creative frequencies of songs and visuals delivering unique and impactful messages to the world.

Most favorably, I specialize in songwriting, producing, Djin’, and performing on the world stage.

The greatest feeling as a creative is to know that you have the power to connect with every soul in the crowd when you are performing. In fact, it is definitely a gift; and that gift is something that holds a great purpose in my life and in my calling. I am forever thankful for finding that gift in my DNA early.

Moreover, it is humbly an honor to say I have performed on every continent except Antartica. My father taught me that hard work pays off, but it’s always more work to do.

What separates me from others is my only true goal as being a creative is to simply share my life experiences through my platform of music and properly translate what inspires me effectively to influence the millennial generation to express their creative freedom,

When its all said and done, I want my creative works to be not just inspirational, but a catalyst of motivation for others to achieve as well.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I am most looking forward to releasing my debut album in 2020 and also creating my first headline world tour. It’s easy to declare the desires of your hearts and to verbally speak about your dreams to others. However, to be completely honest, the best part is actually the journey on the way up aka “The Beautiful Struggle.”

Even though I know my album is coming and my first headline world tour is coming, I’m excited and eager to learn more and explore the creative depths of my soul to compose literally the biggest project of my life to date.

I know the entire experience will be beyond life-changing and I am ready level up my knowledge, expertise, and growth.

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