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The story

Cheynne Murphy is a folk rocker hailing from the alternative never-lands of Byron Shire, Australia. Originally born in Nowra on Australia’s east /south coast he had no prior music training growing up. After discovering three chords and the truth in his final year at university, Cheynne dropped the security blanket of a potential corporate marketing career, and to his parents’ dismay, pursued something far more meaningful at the time ..the art of poetry, music and the passion of the soul. He started a naïve journey of creative self-discovery and to his surprise, two years later negotiated and secured a worldwide song-writing deal with Warner Chappell with his then rock band Spinifex (later becoming Wingspan). Record deal scams, band breakups, management breakdowns and financial desolation had Cheynne running for the rolling green foothills of Byron Bay where he resettled on a farm in a tiny village called Possum Creek.

Inspired by his 12string acoustic guitar, Neil Young and rustic country living, and with the arrival of his two young children, Cheynne invested in a new musical connection inspired by the rural vista and the simplicity of the fireside and the warmth of family, and friends.Cheynne took this inspiration and debuted his first solo EP titled "Firesongs for the Soul" at Byron Bay’s Bluefest in the company of giants such as Ben Harper, Michael Franti, & Jack Johnson. In fact Jack at the time was jamming with a local guitarist Al Tilsley who shared “Jack has your first EP on high rotation in his car”. Apparently it had been given to him by a parent at pre-school.

Cheynne’s debut album ‘A Horse Called Freedom’ produced with Paul Pilsneniks (Angus Stone, Jeff Martin, Bernard Fanning) was released with critical acclaim in 2014 with Country update magazine describing the album as ‘at once ambling and cinematic’; Rhythms magazine commending its ‘shimmering production and instrumentation’; and The Courier Mail commented on the ‘tight band, sighing harmonies and evocative guitar’. 

Cheynne followed up with the album Celtic Heart. Inspired by a song-writing session on the West Coast of Ireland it resulted in an inspirational acoustic folk rock homage to Cheynne’s Celtic ancestral roots. Rhythms magazine described it as "a big warm sprawling folk rock record. Unpretentiously earnest”. 

 With growing critical acclaim, national radio airplay and television performances, and some big festivals appearances, Cheynne has just returned from two international tours to heartland China as a guest at an International music festival in Chongqing. His new EP ‘Headlights and Goodbyes’, is out December 2018, and features the guitar work of Jeff Martin (from The Tea Party) on 5 of the 6 tracks.  Jeff who now resides in the Byron Shire heard the title single playing from producer Paul Pilsneniks home studio and offered to play a final part to the track. Cheynne describes the moment as “pretty amazing as Jeff Martin is not only of my favourite vocalists but he is also an incredible guitarist and inspired me to pick up the 12-string guitar. It was very surreal”. He ended up recording on most of the EP.

Cheynne is currently touring and playing live solo, as a duo with Mark Heazlett, trio with Mat Akehurst and Ben Brennan ands bass for the full Cheynne Murphy Band. The EP will be launched on Sunday December 2 at The Rails, Byron Bay. Checkout for the latest news.


Born: Nowra, NSW, Australia

Lives: Casuarina, Northern NSW, Australia


2016 Songwriter of the Year Finalist - North Coast Music Entertainment Industry Awards

Bluesfest Artist - 20th Anniversary Festival

Worldwide publishing deal – Warner Chappell /Alberts

Radio airplay – JJJ, 2SER, MMM, ABC Regional /Radio National /

Multiple national television appearances

Musicoz finalist

Festivals: Bluesfest, Fatherhood Festival, Bangalow song-writers festival, Neurum Creek folk festival, Kangaroo Valley Folk festival

Supports: Pete Murray/Tex Perkins /Jeff Martin / Epicure / The Church / Oblivia / Paul Greene / Richard Clapton /Christine Anu / Choir Boys

Venues: The Zoo /QPAC (Brisbane), Annandale Hotel, The Basement,

The Hopetoun Hotel, The Roundhouse, UNSW bar, Excelsior, Cat and Fiddle etc (Sydney), The Espy (Melbourne), Transit (Canberra)


”Something special” Beat Magazine

“Rare song-writing genius” Drum Media

“A big,warm,sprawling,folk-rock, at once ambling and cinematic - unpretentiously earnest" Rhythms Magazine

‘Tight band, sighing harmonies and evocative guitar” Courier Mail