In the early 70s a group of Morrinsville & Te Aroha teenagers formed a cover band and called themselves Prophecy. Kevin Smith & Kim Murphy on vocals; Murray Ferguson & Phil Walsh on guitars with Stephen Horwood on drums.
They started out playing guest spots for service clubs and charity events and ended up as regulars at the Nottingham Castle and the local and surrounding sports clubs and social functions for nearly 3 years. During that time they, along with a friend, wrote their first (and only) original song, Morning Sunrise.
Since then, all of the members of Prophecy have wandered off on a variety of career paths. Kevin, Murray & Phil spent many years as part of the Hamilton music scene playing (in various combinations) in bands including The Classics, The Break, Echoes, Kix, Big Rock, Split Image, China Blue, The Politicians, The Bronx and Velvet Bulldozer. From there Kevin became the in house solicitor for D.O.C. and Phil, an IT Systems consultant working with clients throughout NZ & Australia.
Murray moved on to the cruise ship entertainment circuit and is currently based in Sydney working as a councillor and still playing the odd solo gig every now and again; Kim remained in Morrinsville, married and raised a family. She is heavily involved in the local Theatrical Society and has performed in many of their productions; and Stephen decided that his path was volunteer service overseas and sadly we lost him to cancer several years ago.
In late 2014, Kevin & Kim were working with Phil on his solo album Scenes From the Movie In My Head and they all realised that Morning Sunrise had managed to stick in their heads all of these years so decided to finally close the chapter that was Prophecy and record it. With the aid of a gifted engineer and producer, Dean Carter, and Kevin taking over the drumming role they tracked down Murray in Sydney to overdub the guitar work and so, here is, Prophecy with the song that took them 40 years to record, ‘Morning Sunrise’
Purchase CD (with Bonus Track) from the double bass store
Prophecy at the Nottingham Castle Hotel, Morrinsville 1974, (from left) Murray Ferguson, Kim Murphy, Kevin Smith, Stephen Horwood, Phil Walsh
and in 2015