Interview With Paul 'Lymie' Murray
Born Paul Murray 32 years ago in Mandeville, Jamaica, Paul “Lymie” Murray is a singer and part of the Big Ship camp. He got his stage name whilst still at high school, and started off singing in church, at barbeques and weddings. He says, "I was sure at about the age of 8 or 9 years" that he wanted to be a singer. However, the road to being a singer included Lymie becoming an accountant by profession.
Lymie was inspired by the likes of Freddie McGregor, Beres Hammond and Tyrone Taylor, with his overseas influences including the likes of James Ingram, Gerald Alston, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. He started out recording in 1991 and did a single, but never followed through, as he was in a "good job" that paid well and he was unsure of the industry. However, by 1993, Lymie was working on an album called Happy Days. This was prior to his relationship with Big Ship. The album was never released, and he says, "That album's still to come."
Don't be fooled into thinking Lymie has only done one album, though. He surprised Daintycrew.com by telling us he had in actual fact completed four! This first was Happy Days, which was then followed by Start All Over in December 2000, and that was released by Jet Star in the UK and by Big Ship elsewhere. The third album was Only Conversation on VP Records. At the time of the interview, Lymie was working on his fourth album due for a Summer 2002 release.
Lymie writes 95% of his own lyrics and bases them on "life and lifestyle." He says, "I write a whole lot of love songs" and as such, Lymie has a mainly female fan base, but his songs still appeal to others.
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He has worked with a number of different producers, including Dalton Browne (Busy Bee), Barry Clarke (BCR International), Freddie McGregor (Big Ship), Sting Ray, Willie Lindo and Bobby Digital.
Lymie sports locks and we wondered whether this was due to religion, but we were in for some teaching. "Religion, girlfriend, divides the people, so we never lock ourselves into a particular frame. We say we're international, so don't bring me a religion; bring me a lifestyle - a levity. I bring you Jah. I give you straight roots. Don't lock me into a religion. Don't classify me. I live by Rastafari principles, but don't have to be smoking herbs (or) wearing a Rasta tam. Rasta is a lifestyle."
Lymie continued, "I'm not a Selassie Rasta, because him seh you hail de man, but yuh nuh praise de man. We a go straight, we nah stop a Selassie. We nah stop a Mohammed. We nah stop a Jesus, neither. We head to the supreme being - Jah – God."
He has toured with Freddie McGregor and at the time of the interview, they had just come back from London and had performed with John Holt. Lymie would love to go to India, The Philippines, Guam and Indonesia, and says the audience that most people tout as the best is Japan. He agrees with that, but reckons Brazil "have love for Reggae and really appreciate it."
Over the next 5 - 10 years, Lymie wants to have made a "bigger impression" and figures he'll be "in the mix, not at the top," preferring to be a year-to-year singer. He believes the Reggae music industry requires a better balance and one that doesn't "totally shut out the DJs."
For those aspiring singers, Lymie advises, "Get a tape recorder and cassette and record what you sing with music. Give me something to listen to showing the best of your abilities. Take the highs and lows. If you believe, you're on your way." Lymie obviously believes and he's well on his way.
Contact Lymie through Big Ship on Jamaica 876 925 2409 or get him direct on firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Jamaica 876 941 1296.
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