Michael Austin Murphy, also known as Mic Murphy, is the lead singer/occasional guitarist of the successful 80’s synth R&B duo The System. He is well-known for singing the group’s biggest hit, “Don’t Disturb This Groove,” a 1987 US Top Five Pop and R&B hit.

Murphy was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but he moved to Queens, New York at a young age. As a young musician, he was an early advocate of MIDI music technology. The System’s revolutionary single “You Are in My System” helped to usher in a new era of electronically based pop music. Several years later, the group would score their major breakthrough with the aforementioned “Don’t Disturb this Groove.”

After The System went on hiatus at the end of the 1980s, Murphy briefly pursued a solo career. In 1991, he released his debut solo album Touch, which featured a minor R&B hit, “Fit to be Tied.”

Murphy recently teamed up with one-time Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five member Melle Mel to record the track, “Electro Soul Satisfaction.”

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