"Home" is about coming back to square one, about coming back to where my heart is in this good news message," said singer Shirley Murdock.
R&B Artist Shirley Murdock's Newest Album Hits 'Home'
by Lisa Knodel
"Home" is the newest release from the Gospel, R&B singer and songwriter Murdock, an Ohio-native who now calls Dayton home.
The 12-track album is Murdock's debut album on Bishop T.D. Jakes' EMI/Dexterity Sounds. Selections examine the "good news in all areas of life," said Murdock. It's about exchanging your worry for God's peace."
The album, her first solo album in more than a decade, is an opportunity for Murdock to witness both to her secular and Christian fans.
"Home is an opportunity to sing for the secular audience and be a blessing to the body of Christ," she said.
While recording in the secular realm, Murdock never lost focus of her faith in God.
"Even when I was singing at concerts and even when I was singing in clubs, I was always singing Gospel," said the 44-year-old wife and mother who committed her life to Christ at the age of 15. "I believe I was to touch people's lives in the secular world."
Her songs always promoted a positive message and brought a balanced perspective to trials in life. Even her hit song, "As We Lay," a song about an extramarital affair, taught a positive message.
"It's not celebratory about the extramarital affair," said Murdock. "It's about consequences, consequences for bad choices."
Her album "Home" provides an opportunity to speak more directly to her secular fans about the Gospel message.
"I always tried to impact people and bring balance to situations. I have an even better message for them now," she said.
Her switch from a secular recording label to the Christian realm stemmed from her own spiritual needs.
"I began to miss my church family and witnessing to the church family. My desire to sing the Lord's song became so strong," explained Murdock.
After deciding she needed a church to call home and to grow more in her personal walk with the Lord, Murdock walked through the doors of Solid Rock church in Monroe and has never regretted it.
"When I stepped into that church, I knew I was home," she recalled. "No one cares that I'm Shirley Murdock. To them I'm Sister Shirley."
She loves the vision of the church and is particularly interested in the new unwed mothers' home being constructed.
When she's not singing, Murdock can be caught on stage performing in Gospel plays. To date, she has appeared in eight productions.
Her goals include more acting, writing, studying God's word and expanding her ministry opportunities, whether through song, writing or human interaction, she said.
On a professional level, Murdock hopes to pursue an acting career on Broadway.
No matter where the Lord directs her life, Murdock is committed to living her life for His glory.
A message she heard at Solid Rock has become an anthem for her endeavors.
"As Christians, we are to be the salt of the world. Salt saves? and salt makes us thirsty. We should be salt enough to make others thirsty for what is inside of us."
Reprinted by permission, Christian Citizen USA.