Born in downtown Antrim, Ontario and raised in Arnprior, Murray never moved too far from “the Prior.”
He grew up attending a local church where he began singing at an early age with the influences of a musical family. His mother gave him his first guitar at age 12, and his Uncle Garnie Scheel from the Mac Beattie era, started him with his first three chords.
In his early high school years at ADHS, Murray and friend, Wayne Collins, sang at assemblies and were dubbed “the Everley Brothers of Arnprior.”
Most of his employment has been in sales and construction, but music has always been his passion. Murray formed a gospel group – Murray & the Gospelaires – and recorded their album “My Turn” in 1976 which included several songs written by Murray. The group sang at various events and venues from Eastern Ontario to Western Quebec. One of the main highlights he recalls was singing with Johnny Cash’s sister, Joanne Cash-Yates, at a concert in Cobden, Ontario.
In 1994, Murray released his second recording entitled “Thank You.”
Murray and his band Just Country continue to perform at venues around the Ottawa Valley.
Murray says that over the years if he had a nickel for every time someone said: “you have a voice for radio” he would be a millionaire. In early 2015, at the prompting of a friend, he did a voice test for Valley Heritage Radio and, as they say, the rest is history. He aired his first show in August 2015.
Murray and his wife Grace call Arnprior home, and their family of 4 children and 5 grandchildren spread from Arnprior to Toronto to Philadelphia.
The Gospel Hour
If you love traditional gospel music, and country gospel, make sure to join host Murray Langford for the Gospel Hour which airs every Sunday from 10 to 11 a.m.
If you’re a country music fan, then make sure to check our Murr’s Country, every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. You’ll hear a great variety of country songs from the 50s right through the 90s, and this includes Ottawa Valley artists. It’s a must-listen if you love your country music (and who doesn’t?).