Brothers Chris Murphy and Courtney Murphy are perhaps best known in Australia for their electrifying performances on Network Ten’s Australian Idol in 2004 and 2006 which catapulted them to national attention.
The program was an incredible launching pad that put the brothers on the TV screens in millions of homes around the country, not to mention on the cover of magazines and on the red carpet at events including the Logies and the ARIAs.
Between them, their national television credits include Rove Live, Spicks & Specks, Ready Steady Cook, Good Morning Australia, Nerds FC, Star Struck and Big Night In with John Foreman.
Over the years, Chris and Courtney Murphy have performed alongside an impressive list of International and Australian music legends including John Farnham, Jimmy Barnes, Daryl Braithwaite, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Leo Sayer, Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Black Sorrows, James Reyne, Icehouse, Mental As Anything, Thirsty Merc, Gangajang, Richard Clapton, The Badloves, Rick Price and Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors).
In June 2016, Chris again showed his immense versatility, opening the Perth dates for Grammy Award winnerRichard Marx to rave reviews.
Following his Idol appearance Courtney quickly turned to the stage, embarking on a national tour of the musical Grease, alongside his personal hero, John Farnham.
In 2018, Chris and Courtney teamed up onstage again taking on starring roles in the hit musical We Will Rock You by Queen and Ben Elton as the record-breaking show returned to the stage at His Majesty’s Theatre. Chris and Courtney previously appeared alongside Little River Band’s Glenn Shorrock in the musical production of Cruisin’ at the Regal Theatre in 2007.
Chris and Courtney are founding members of renowned WA band Murphy’s Lore, having formed the group in 1993 while still at high school, steering the band through the triumphs and tribulations attached to being one of the state’s highest profile musical acts. During that period, the band has released three independent albums, completed successful tours of Singapore as well as the East Coast of Australia and regional WA and provided world-class entertainment to some of Australia’s largest companies at annual corporate events as well as for State and local government, cementing their reputation as one of the most accomplished acts on the scene.
Between them, the brothers have released five independent solo albums, three with earlier incarnations of Murphy’s Lore as well as the acclaimed album Thick as Thieves under the guise of The Murphy Brothers in 2013, with the follow up album Fall On Me released in late 2021.
The brothers continue to work tirelessly for a number of important charities, lending their talents and time annually for events including McHappy Day for Ronald McDonald House, Channel Seven’s Telethon, HeartKids WA, MS Society of WA, and Strike A Chord (WA).