Michael Murphy (born Michael Sean D'Arcy Murphy on 4 September 1986, in Taupo, New Zealand) is a singer and runner-up winner of the 2004 New Zealand Idol (NZ Idol). He was ultimately beaten by Ben Lummis, who became his friend over the course of the contest.
After NZ Idol, Michael Murphy had signed to BMG records. Murphy's first single debuted at No. 1 and stayed a while at the top of radio charts. He gained a gold status for No Place to Land, his debut album. He then toured New Zealand, singing to sold-out audiences. With 5star Fallout, Michael toured New Zealand, the U.S. and English pubs.
Murphy was persuaded to enter the New Zealand Idol by his mother, Nikki.
In 2006, Murphy joined his 4 former Deadset bandmates to form the band 5star Fallout, with him as the lead singer. The band released a single, "Seasons", that has been well-received by fans. The song won the "ZM deathmatch" seven times in a row. The band broke up a few years later.
Murphy appeared in the Theatre Company's production of RENT at the civic theatre in Auckland.
Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park:
Murphy performed in the 2010 Christmas in the Park concert in Christchurch on 27 November and in Auckland on 11 December 2010, as one of 3 years performing the Christmas concerts. He performed "Rock'n'roll Christmas", "Livin' on a Prayer", and "Why Does Love Do This To Me" during these events.