Branan Murphy returns with his newest single titled “Father” on October 28 via Paravel Records & DREAM Records. “Father,” which just may be the best song Murphy has ever penned, is available now to pre-add/pre-save. The song was produced by Grammy-nominated and 2021 Dove Award winning producer of the year Jordan Sapp. In this TCB Exclusive, Murphy reflects on what inspired this new song, how he hopes “Father” connects with listeners and where he’s drawing inspiration from recently.
Do you recall when you first had the idea for “Father”?
I was in the studio with Jordan Sapp and Paul Duncan. It was right around the time of all the tragic things that were happening in Afghanistan last year. We were talking about all of that, and I remember we were all just overwhelmed at how extra crazy the world seemed that day. From Covid to all the political stuff in America to Afghanistan now… It was just very real to us that day that the world doesn’t just need God, it needs a Father. There’s so much fatherlessness everywhere as it is, but then on top of that, to not know your Creator, your heavenly Father, that’s a hopeless place to be. When you think about it, so many times, the world just looks like a bunch of children without their dad. Sadly, for way too many, that’s true. So we started writing, diagnosing our issues, and we wanted a song that was a desperate cry for help, a cry for the love and the presence of the Father in the mess we’ve made on earth, knowing that he’s not far at all from any of us.
Looking back, is there any moment that stands out during the writing/recording process?
I’ll never forget hearing the loop that the whole song is built on for the first time. Jordan played it when we were listening to track ideas, and I was like YO! Stop everything! We are writing to that! It just inspired so much creativity.
What are you hoping the impact of this single will be?
I hope this single will connect with people in a very honest way. There are a lot of people who are fatherless or have broken situations with their dads in this world. I come from a broken family in that way too. Whether you have issues with your dad or not, we all have a desperation in us that only our Father in heaven can satisfy. I hope this song also helps us see the world’s brokenness for what it is. I think it’s important to understand that Jesus came to not only show us God the Father’s heart, but to rescue us so that we would now know God forever as our Father. I want the world to know that’s what they’re longing for, whether they know it or not.
How does this single preview what listeners can expect from you in the future?
I think this song represents my desire to show parts of who I am as an artist that maybe I haven’t yet. I want to speak through my music in some new ways, but ways that are true to who I have always been. I still love pop music, I’m still going to be honest and vulnerable about the human heart and our desperation for Jesus. But this song has an aspect of worship in its essence that I look forward to showing more. I’ve been through so much over the last few years. I honestly feel like a different person. I’m ready for the world to see my journey and the goodness of God in it all.
Where are you currently drawing inspiration, either lyrically or musically?
Personally, I’m still pulling a lot from these last few years, which have been the hardest years of my life. I think music connects with people well when we’re going through good times, but even more when we go through hard times. There’s something powerful in just being able to relate to each other when life gets painful, and for those of us who are Christians, the power of communicating the hope and healing that Christ offers is so much greater in the hard times… Musically, I really love what Maverick City is doing (me and the rest of the world haha) – I’ve actually been listening to a lot of worship music lately. Of course, I love Tauren Wells as well. I also have been listening to a lot of country music, which may be surprising for some people to hear. I love the lyrics and storytelling in country, plus I’m from Georgia, so it’s just in me. And I’m always listening to pop. I really love what Francis Karel is doing, Julia Michaels, The Kid LAROI, I’ve been into AJR lately, and I’m always inspired by Jon Bellion, Jacob Collier, and Justin Timberlake.
What are you most expectant for in the remainder of this year?
I’m ready to start not only promoting Father as my next single, but my new album that will be out next year… I feel like it’s a new chapter for me. My heart is full. I have so much I believe God wants me to say. I can’t wait to bring people along for the ride.