November 27, 2017

CARTERVILLE — The 2012 John A. Logan College Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient is again turning the country music world upside down with a new song released this month titled “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.”

David Lee Murphy, a 1981 graduate of John A. Logan College, pairs with country music sensation Kenny Chesney in the song that is taking country radio by storm, says local DJ Kent Zimmer.

“The song is quickly becoming a favorite across the nation,” Zimmer said.

Murphy, a Herrin native, has said “going to John A. Logan College was a great experience for me. I always felt comfortable going to school there and I learned a lot.”

Today, Murphy is a famous name is Nashville where he has written songs for a number of country music stars. This time, however, he wrote another song for himself and Chesney got onboard to help him sing it.

Murphy had two hit songs in the past, “Party Crowd” and “Dust on the Bottle.” For several years now, he has mostly written songs for other artists including hits for Chesney, Montgomery Gentry, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Thompson Square, Gary Allen and others.

Dr. Ron House, president of John A. Logan College, heard the song for the first time while listening to radio on his way to the College.

“I thought it was a tremendous song with a tremendous message — an upbeat message for today,” House said. “I was very proud to realize that this was a song by a John A. Logan College alumnus.”