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LOCAL MASTER MUSICIAN CHRIS MURPHY ELLIOTT Article by Cheryl Johnston I n his own words, Chris Murphy Elliott Now the multi-instrumentalist invests “grew up obsessed with music.” much time in writing/recording/producing in his home studio in Plant City, Florida. Search his Facebook ”Official Fan Page” to see the photo of baby Chris, looking up as “It’s not about lots of money. I just want to his dad holds headphones securely over his support myself,” said Elliott. ears. The eyes say it all. This master musician is also available for These days, the multi-talented musician/ special projects, film soundtracks (think writer/composer is garnering international John Williams or Danny Elfman), and attention from experts in radio and advertising or session work/stunt guitar. television. Offer an idea and he’ll create the music. Raised on the Fraser River Delta in Surrey, British Columbia, young Elliott took to all styles of music. His dad Murphy played some guitar and mother Wendy played piano. 28 JULY 2013 His mostly instrumental debut album, entitled “33-1/3”, is rooted in blues/rock, yet reflects his versatility. A trip to the galaxy’s outer reaches via songs Chris wrote “as a soundtrack for my father’s space art” tell a story when listed to in order.” (Search Chris started as an “ear player” and was online: Murphy Art Elliott.) mostly self-taught, eventually taking private music theory lessons with instructor Dave Available on CD or in MP3 and FLAC file Lund. By age 21 he was working with types, the 15-track release has been a long Dave, teaching guitar and bass at Douglas time coming. “That’s partly why it’s named Academy of Music. 33 1/3,” Elliott shared. “Partly just ‘cause I dig records, but mostly because it took me “I knew early the details would be important 33 years, playing and teaching just to get at some point,” he offered, “so I began to meaning the ability to record study and see patterns by watching and professionally in my own studio.” listening to other gifted musicians.”

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