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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Murphy Funkhauser
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Murphy Funkhouser’s life has changed from singing in bars to singing lullabies and giving finger puppet shows to her 3-month-old baby. She studied voice in college and earned a theater degree. She has sung with local bands and performed with the Tennessee Shakespeare Company and the Backstage Theatre.DreamsSince I never made it to New York or Los Angeles, and ended up in Colorado instead, I am happy to perform whenever, wherever and to whomever I can.

Why do you do it?It is such a rush when I perform – especially when I perform well. When I affect the way other people feel, whether it be laughter, sadness or boredom (just kidding) – it just feels awesome to make that connection. What do you convey through art?Real life – warts and all.

ChallengeObviously, time is a challenge now that I have a 3-month-old baby. But, honestly, I wouldn’t trade one moment of time with my little girl for even the biggest standing ovation.Greatest accomplishmentI realized one of my greatest dreams by guest singing at the Kingston Mines (the oldest blues club in Chicago) during St. Patrick’s Day two years ago. I was even asked back personally by the club owner for the next year. I could have died happy right then.



Staying freshJust hoping for a little applause motivates me.When you’re not doing art?While I hold my daughter, I read entertainment magazines and live vicariously through the lives of the rich and famous.- Kimberly Nicoletti


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