From the stage to the radio and even being a public speaker. Sammy Murphy will inspire you to never give up on your dreams or goals..
Sammy Murphy was born Dec. 19 2000 in Beckley, WV. After Birth, he was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus which left him with cerebral palsy on his left side. Sammy was bound and determined to not let anything stop him. He worked hard to achieve what he needed to do in order to go farther in life. It was the determination that Sammy still does today to achieve his goals.
He spent a lot of time studying the sound & history of old time music. The more time he spent, the more he loved it. Sammy knew what he wanted to do in life and there was nothing going to stop him. As Sammy got older, he continued to work harder. He started going to nursing homes, churches and other small community events performing with others and by his self. As time part, Sammy started getting his opportunity to perform on bigger stages with larger crowds.
At a young age, Sammy started playing the mandolin with a local band from Leivasy, West Virginia called Roarin Creek Bluegrass and played the Bluegrass Preservation Society at the Flatwoods Bowling Alley in Flatwoods, WV and later played the banjo and guitar in the band. Sammy is a self taught musician who can play any instrument from guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, etc and gives lessons to others. He left the band after a three year stint and joined The Kettle Pickers from Summersville, WV and he has done benefit concerts. He wrote a song called "I'm As Special As Can Be" with the help of his 3rd grade teacher and recorded the song into The West Virginia Hall Of Fame. In 2015, Sammy joined a national bluegrass group as a torchbearer for Tomorrow's Bluegrass Stars becoming the 122nd member for the group at that time and he has performed on stage in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina. Meanwhile, at the age of 15, Sammy started a show called Sammy's Old Time Music and two years later, it became a radio show on WDBS 97.1FM The Boss Sutton / Summersville every Sunday morning from 9am - 10am, playing the best in old time bluegrass, gospel and country music with interviews featuring the legendary musicians like Mac Wiseman, Ronnie Reno, Bobby Osborne, etc. Sammy released his debut CD "Pass Me By" in 2016 and it features old time bluegrass, gospel and country tunes. He formed his own band in 2017 called "West Virginia Drive" performing at different events and venues as well as playing the Music In The Mountains Bluegrass Festival in Summersville, WV in 2017 and Sammy Murphy and West Virginia Drive opened up for Rhonda Vincent and the Rage in 2018. Sammy is a songwriter, he has wrote many songs and he graduated with a bluegrass certificate from Glenville State College in Glenville, WV in December 2020.
In 2021, Sammy became a member of the Nicholas County Historical and Geological Society in Nicholas County, WV and became an ordained minister that same year preaching in Hominy Falls, Cowen, WV, Sutton, WV and Birch River, WV. Sammy started his own recording studio in October 2022 called Kirkwood Recording Studio in Summersville, WV.
Sammy also knows the importance of giving back. Sammy continues performing at the same places he first started. He also is working with St. Judes Childrens Research Hospital to help out all the children who are in need. He also inspires people young and old.
This is just the beginning as Sammy will continue striving to reach new goals and helping others to do the same...