David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray

David Bruce Murray calls Rutherford County, North Carolina home. He is the author of Murray’s Encyclopedia Of Southern Gospel Music (available here) and holds a Masters degree in Music Theory. He currently serves as Music Director at Corinth Baptist Church in Ellenboro, NC.

Murray began his musical journey with piano lessons at the age of eight. He discovered the music of Bruce Hornsby when “The Way It Is” hit the airwaves and has been a fan ever since.

Murray chose to record “Defenders Of The Flag” for this fan project. He has been inspired by the way Hornsby constantly re-invents his own songs in concert, so the challenge when approaching the recording of “Defenders” was to play it in a style Hornsby himself may have never considered. Murray chose to focus on the heroic implication of the song’s title. This intent led to the decision to strip away the political trappings of the lyric and cast the melody in a style that would be entirely appropriate to play at the funeral of a soldier or some other national hero.