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Exclusive: Branan Murphy Reveals How Giving Up Control Inspired ‘Better King’

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Branan Murphy recently dropped a brand new EP titled Better King via DREAM Records and Paravel Records.  The North Carolina native teamed up with producers Eric Ramey, Justin Amundrud, Kyle Williams, TBabz and David Spencer to create his best work yet.  Branan started releasing songs from his EP earlier last year when he debuted his first single “I Will Wait” that rose to become a Billboard Top 10 Hot AC / CHR hit.  Since then, songs like “Good”, “Bored (feat. Byron Juane)”, and his first ever #1 Billboard Hot AC / CHR single “This World Is Not My Home” have broken new ground for the artist.  Now, with a new bass-driven pop single “Better King”, the EP sets the stage for what’s to come with Murphy.  In this TCB exclusive, Branan shares how the EP surprisingly came together, how intentionally giving up control inspired the title track and how he hopes people respond to the pandemic.

We’re excited about the recent release of your new EP Better King.  Tell us about the collection of songs and how long it took to put them together.
Thanks! This EP really came together after the songs were written. It was not my original intention. All but one were all written at different times over the last couple of years, and ‘Bored’ was actually written in 2017 I think. But each one really stems from things that I’ve been going through, or the world has been going through, with this pandemic. So, it felt right to put them all together, because I think they tell the story of my response to what we’ve all been facing. 

What inspired you to write the title track “Better King”?
I think it’s just a deep aspect of the human condition that, whether we admit it or not, we all want to be in control of our own lives. And I think the pandemic has helped us see how we really aren’t in control at all, and it is hopefully helping us see how that’s a good thing for us to realize. We all want to be in charge and we think that doing whatever we want is freedom. But that’s actually the very essence of sin. All sin starts with us, the created ones, looking at the Creator and saying, “No! I’m not going to go your way, I’m going to go my way.” The end of that is always the same. Every time I want to be king I just end up hurting myself and the people around me, I get frustrated, disappointed, and feel empty. That’s because God always knows more than I know, he always sees more than I see. Even though I try really hard, I fail to do what’s good for me – God always acts for my good. I try to do things in love, but my love is corruptible – God always acts with a love that’s incorruptible. He made us to be beautifully dependent on him in that way. I’ve been in a season of my life where I have just been so tightly gripped to doing things the way I want to do them. So, this song is about waking up to the fact that I’m a terrible king for me. I’m always a terrible king for me. Jesus is the true king, the better king. Always. And freedom begins when we surrender to him.

You recently saw another song off of the EP, “This World Is Not My Home.” reach atop the Billboard Hot AC / CHR chart for the first time in your career.  What did you think when you heard that?
It was shocking, honestly. I had already accepted the fact that the song would peak at #2, so when I got the phone call, I literally couldn’t believe it. It was a day I will never forget, because it felt like, in a very real way, that many of the dreams I’ve had since I was a kid were really possible. Definitely just a good gift from God. I don’t do what I do for achievements like this, but I would be lying if I said getting this #1 record didn’t mean the world to me, not to mention the timing and story of how it all happened. Just knowing how hard my journey has been in music, how hard I’ve worked, how hard other people have worked on my behalf, having a win like this was so affirming, such a blessing. And I’m so deeply thankful to everyone who made it happen. It only makes me excited for everything that’s coming, because I know my best music hasn’t been released yet.

A collection of great producers, Eric Ramey, Kyle Williams, David Spencer and Justin Amundrud worked on this EP.  How did you like working with those guys?
Truly an honor. Those guys are so talented, some of the best in our industry, and I can’t believe I get to work with people like that. Number one songs aside, that really is a dream come true. To create with people, people you respect and care about, and to make something you believe will help and bless the world, it’s exhilarating. I don’t ever want to take it for granted. Shout out to all of those guys!

What do you hope your fans and new listeners will get from listening to the new EP?
I hope that people will be awakened in many ways to seeing themselves, seeing God, seeing the world, seeing life, seeing what’s true and good more clearly. I think that’s one of the gifts of the pandemic, a way that God is taking “what was meant for evil and turning it to good” – using something so terrible and tragic to bring us together, to show us how commonly desperate we are for God’s presence and control in our lives, and to teach us not to take life for granted. If “don’t waste your quarantine” could turn into “don’t waste your life,” and these songs could help people in that way, then I couldn’t ask for more.

What’s next for Branan Murphy going into 2022?
More music! That’s always the case, but I think I may be working on an album. Kinda feels that way. We are preparing for the next releases, which I think are some of my best songs ever, so I’m really looking forward to that. Just making music and getting creative with connecting with the people, because I’m not touring this fall. It’s all about the people, so I want that to always be a big focus for me. I definitely hope to be back touring in 2022!

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