Originating from Philadelphia, home to many of the top spoken word artists of our day, writer and spoken word artist, Tamika “TL” Murphy’s prolific voice and God-breathed verses are sure to establish her as one of the most influential artists of this generation. Of her style, TL has said,“This is my gift. God has blessed me with this gift not to contain it but to leak it, not just to have it but to speak it. I have now learned that I have to move in His will.” Her flexibility, humility and commanding stage presence allow her to deliver rousing pieces like He Is, deeply personal and transparent pieces like Secrets and Kadesh as well as raw and unsparing pieces like Addicted, Questions (5Ws) and We Are At War with an emphatic, anointed and and unquestionable flow.
Produced by SoundVillage Ent. and boastin guest appearances by some of the hottest new voices in Philadelphia, TL’s unrestrained debut spoken word album, Truthfully Speaking, goes deep. It touches on aspects of life as a woman, a person of color, and most definitely a Christian as it masterfully weaves through subjects ranging from redemption, love, freedom and pain to emotional, physical and spiritual healing. This "cry loud poet" doesn't shy away from topics like realism in Christ and takes an unbiased look at racism and the most prevalent issues facing the black community. “If we don’t speak about what is happening then we can never fix what is happening. Everything that is happening isn’t happening to us, some things are happening by us. Those things need to be spoken of by us as well.”
Each time TL picks up a mic or pen she yields herself to the word spoken through her, and with praise, affirmation and inspiring calls to action she lifts up her voice like a trumpet and cries loud. “I want people to know that someone is willing to cry loud and speak about those things like abuse, those struggles we deal with on this walk with Christ, the things we are seeing in this world today, and be willing to do so without fear of being politically incorrect, but to be unsparing and raw. Be real. That’s what I write. What I write is real.”
TL Murphy has performed spoken word for years within the body of Christ and various spoken word venues. She is the founder of Cry Loud! Press and the visionary behind the Cry Loud! Movement for Christian Arts, which provides an outlet for the arts to be performed without compromise.
She is the author of two collections of poetry Miles of My Mind (2002) and Cry Loud! A Collection of Words Written and Spoken (2012), on sale in paperback version at www.tlmurphypoetry.com as well as Amazon (for Kindle and Ipad) and Barnes & Noble (for Nook).