Neil Murray first appeared in the early eighties as a founding member of the Warumpi Band, which over three albums (Big Name, No Blankets, Go Bush, Too Much Humbug) and twenty years of performing propelled contemporary indigenous music into mainstream Australia, yielding such classic songs as My Island Home, Blackfella Whitefella, Fitzroy Crossing, Jailanguru Pakarnu, Stompin Ground, From the Bush and Waru.
Neil Murray has since become one of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters and has enjoyed a solo career since 1989. He has released twelve solo albums- "Calm & Crystal Clear", "These Hands", "Dust", "The Wondering Kind”,” Going The Distance", "About Time" (double CD compilation) Spoken, 2Songmen (live with Shane Howard in Darwin), "Overnighter", “Witness”, “Sing the Song”- the essential Neil Murray (double CD compilation) and the latest “Bring Thunder and Rain”
His song writing is diverse- from the rollicking Good Light in Broome, to the environmental urgency of Burning land to the prayerful Native Born, the roots groove of Long Grass Band and Get Up, the journeyman monologues of Lights of Hay and Where my people go, the reflection on mortality in High On a Hill and Is that what you heard? -the contemplation of place in Burrumbeep Hill, Tjapwurrung Country and Whispering Casuarina. His work collectively describes an inner landscape to the heart of the nation - a journey that has done much to deepen Australia’s contemporary musical heritage.
In 1995, Neil Murray was awarded the APRA song of the year for "My Island Home" originally written for the Warumpi Band and re-recorded by Christine Anu. My Island Home has become something of an unofficial anthem and featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
In 2007, Jailanguru Pakarnu- (Out From Jail) a song he co-wrote in the indigenous Luritja language-with fellow Warumpi Band co-founder Sammy Butcher and released as a single in 1983, was honoured by the National Film And Sound archives- “Sounds Of Australia” series- as a significant recording in Australia’s musical heritage.
Neil Murray’s songs have been recorded by Mary Black, Jimmy Little, Missy Higgins, Christine Anu, Peter Denahy, Amy Saunders, Powderfinger, The Tiddas, Ursula Yovich, Peter Brandy, Adam Brand and the Warumpi Band.