Henry “Hank” Branan Murphy began writing songs and singing in his church while he was still in high school. By the time he was 18, he had devoted himself to a career in music and spent the next several years performing all over the U.S., and even released two independent projects. In 2011, he relocated to Raleigh-Durham, NC from Louisville, GA where he is from and began writing his own brand of “conscious pop” songs. He released SMPLFY, a mixtape showing off his skills as a vocalist, rapper, songwriter and producer. Catching the interest of several record labels, he ultimately signed with Sony’s Provident Label Group.
“I write songs about what it’s like to be human,” Murphy shares. “We are all complex people. We have struggles. We have contradictions. We have deep desires. We are all seeking to be loved, understood and satisfied. My songs attempt to capture those deep emotional, even spiritual, yearnings we have as human beings. The bottom line is that I want to make great art, but most of all I want to be honest. I want to sing about what people are really going through.”
His debut single, “All The Wrong Things,” features “The Voice” Season 8 finalist Koryn Hawthorne. Invoking the passion of artists such as Alessia Cara and Jon Bellion, and the urban pop sounds of artists such as The Weeknd, Justin Timberlake and ZAYN, the song includes a rap bridge written and performed by Murphy himself. The single released Apr. 21, impacting both radio and streaming platforms. His second single “Enough” released in September of 2017 and was a top 5 song on Hot AC Christian Radio. His most recent single, “Talk About It,” released in March 2018, is the perfect addition to Branan’s growing repertoire of brutally honest, infectious pop songs.
When he's not in the studio or on the road, Branan can be found hanging out with his wife, Ashton, and their daughter Mila Noel who was born on December 14, 2016.