Band Bios

Maura Murphy

Lead Vocals/Songwriter/Rhythm Guitar

Maura Murphy IS AURA.
Born a star with a bleeding heart- AURAs vocals will sweep you away from this mundane world and into one that is tortured, yet gentle. Her songwriting-lyrical skills are an anthem to our generation, filled with the raw emotions of heartbreak and hope. AURAs inspiration comes as an inescapable need within her to express her personal tragedies and share her life lessons. AURA is the answer to the music industrys search for a powerful, raw, edgy and undeniable female rock star!

In 2001, AURA was created by singer/songwriter Maura Murphy, whom by the time she graduated high school, had already successfully fronted a punk band as well as an acoustic rock band. In 2003, AURA released her 1st album, Running Yourself Against Nothing, where AURA’s song Go On was quickly picked up and licensed by CBS Network’s Young and the Restless.

In 2004, AURA relocated to Los Angeles, CA for a creative change of pace where she found inspiration for her 2nd album, Between Reality and a Dream, which was released in 2006 earning her Best Female Indie Rock Vocalist by L.A. Music Awards. Best Female Indie Rock Vocalist by All Access Magazine, also, earned AURA a spot in the Top 25 Reviewed Demos of the Year with Music Connection Magazine. Go On earned AURA even more recognition when it was licensed as the theme song for E! Style networks Relationship Rehab. In 2009, AURA competed in The Los Angeles Guitar Center Battle of the Bands against hundreds of talented Indie Bands and placed in the Top 5.

The much-anticipated 3rd album, Burning Hearts & Bleeding Stars was featured in an issue of Performer Magazine’s Studio Diary section where she shared her inspiration for the album.

In 2014 AURA relocated to Nashville, TN to hone her songwriting craft. Maura reunited with former lead guitar player, Nicholas Johnson, in Nashville, TN and performed around Music City.

In 2018, AURA moved down South, to Naples, FL, where she performs weekly to packed venues! She now splits her time between NYC, Los Angeles, Nashville and Naples, FL performing, writing and working on her new album due out in Winter 2020.

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Emi Foster at 818.421.8690

BIO by Stacy N. Ross