Ziemer had to this to say about signing the band: "I first discovered Forever Starts Today at SXSW in 2017. I was hooked the second I saw Christina (vocalist) standing on the bar and walking around as she sang every word flawlessly. It was their high energy performance, drive, and great songwriting that drew me in. Fast forward a few months later and I offered them a deal with my label, Third String Records. Their album Always Hope is incredible and I can't wait for people to hear it!"
The band continued by stating: "Signing with Third String Records is such an incredible honor and amazing opportunity. Beyond opportunities to play events like So What?! Fest, Third String is well integrated all over the country, and we cannot wait to make the most of our opportunities to meet and interact with friends and fans from all over. We look forward to seeing what Mike, Blake, and the rest of the Third String team have in store for us!"
To celebrate, Forever Starts Today has partnered with New Noise Magazine, to unleash the first song off Always Hope, "Optimist" a song about the frustrations that come with trying to continuously help someone who won't help themselves. Fans can watch the brand new "Optimist" music video HERE!
Always Hope explores some of the tougher things in life (like losing a loved one, surviving abuse and finally cutting ties in a toxic relationship) but they all tie around in a positive way. The band elaborates: "If you listen to our new record, you will hear that we draw inspiration from everyday life. We tackle a wide range of topics on Always Hope, but it can really be summed up by saying 'this is what it means to go through life in your 20's, in today's world.' We didn't shy away from any of the more intense topics either." The main goal is to connect with people through music, by delivering a sense of hope and positivity by opening up about some tough situations brings a sense of rawness to the lyrics and sound. The band continues, "we hope that in doing so we can help provide some listeners with a sense of sympathy or empathy and the feeling that they aren't alone in whatever they are experiencing."
Before embarking in music, Murphy had a close career in professional Motocross Racing. She first threw her leg over a dirtbike at the age of 12 and it wasn't love at first ride... it was bruises and blood at first face-plant! After years of going to the dirtbike track with her Dad and brother, she eventually started racing motocross at 15 years old. Year after year she would outgrow each bike and need something faster; faster bikes, faster tracks, bigger races! From 16 - 18, she was traveling across the United States racing with her father and eventually at 18 she was training to compete in her first national, the Ponca City Qualifiers in Oklahoma. While training for the qualifiers at a Motocross camp in Arkansas, Murphy was charging too fast for a jump and over cleared it, causing her to wreck, shattering her pelvis and breaking wrist. She was air lifted in a jet back to Texas for immediate surgery and was confined to a wheelchair for some time. Three months and a miraculous recovery later, she was joyous to be BACK on the bike! While riding a track in Houston, Murphy landed a jump wrong, breaking both of her wrists on impact and was once again sent to the hospital for treatment. The trauma from the injuries and the brutal healing process was treacherous. With the extended down-time she channeled her competitive and creative spirit into what owned the other half of her heart...Music.
Beginning her career with Youtube covers, Murphy gained some notable recognition and eventually enlisted in friends to be in her backing band at local shows. Fast forward to 2013, Murphy began her journey in the music world by releasing her debut album Live Faster Love Stronger under Tate Music Group. While promoting the record she landed a stint on The Vans Warped Tour where she gained significant praise for her vocal ability and garnered attention from radio and media. Prior to the release of her sophomore album, she decided to no longer perform under her first and last name but bring in her entire backing band to switch over to Forever Starts Today. While the lineup has changed over the years, one of the original members exists today, Nathan Dunn, Forever Starts Today's guitarist. In addition, Forever Starts Today welcomed former Carousel Kings artist Kyle Salaga (Bass), Nicholas Turner (Drums), and Troy Hirschhorn (Guitar) to round out the current line up.
With a new line up in tote, the band enlisted in producer Joseph Milligan (lead guitarist of Anberlin), to cut and record their debut EP Limitless at Orb Studios on March 23, 2016. Off the EP, the band released "We'll Come Alive," "Catch Me If You Can," and "Limitless" with critical acclaim. During the EP cycle the band opened for The Ready Set, Set It Off, Myka Relocate, Blindwish, Jonny Craig, In Her Own Words, JT Woodruff of Hawthorne Heights, Capstan, Firestarter and Across The Atlantic, as well as performances at both the 2016 and 2017 So What?! Music Festival.
Fast forward a year later and the band enlisted in Milligan's expertise once again, this time for their debut full length, Always Hope and delightfully signed with Third String Records. The record is a feel good masterpiece about always keeping your head up and never letting anything defeat you. While Murphy has gone through her triumphant highs and terrible lows, the new formulated band line up couldn't be more perfect for today's sound. The 5 piece unit tackled writing Always Hope meticulously by starting with the foundation of the song and adding varying arrangements and instrumentation with each member taking their time to fine tune it. Finally when the instrumentation was near completion, Murphy added lyrics to give the track a finishing touch.
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