The Murmurs

The Murmurs were an American alternative pop music duo composed of singer-songwriters Leisha Hailey and Heather Grody. Some time after the duo went their separate ways, Hailey became one half of Uh Huh Her and Grody became a founding member of Redcar.

The Murmurs
Leisha Hailey and Heather Grody, 1998.
Background information
OriginNew York City, United States
GenresAlternative pop, indie pop, folk pop
Years active1991–1998
Past membersLeisha Hailey
Heather Grody


The Murmurs

Leisha Hailey and Heather Grody (Reid) began performing as The Murmurs in 1991 while the duo were both students of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[1] They released Who Are We, produced and released by William Basinski's Arcadia Records, in 1991. The band became popular around the East Village in Manhattan.[1] In 1994, The Murmurs signed with MCA Records. They released their self-titled major label debut album the same year. Their single "You Suck" got radio airplay and gained them national attention.[2] While the song reached number 89 in the United States, it was a number-one hit in Norway, reaching Platinum status. The duo expanded into a four-woman group in 1997 with the addition of bassist Sheri Ozeki and drummer Sherri Solinger.[1] They released Pristine Smut in 1997 and Blender a year later.


In 2001, Hailey and Grody reunited as a band named Gush which featured more of an indie rock sound. The band also included members Jon Skibic, Brad Caselden and Dave Doyle. They released one self-titled album that was sold exclusively at their live shows.


In 2005, following the breakup of Gush, Heather Reid (formerly Grody) and Jon Skibic formed the band Redcar with Michael Sullivan and Ryan MacMillan.[3] Their debut album was released in March 2007 and was produced by Grammy award winning producer Greg Collins (U2 and Gwen Stefani). Reid also started a record company, Phyllis Records.

Band members

  • Leisha Hailey, vocals and acoustic guitar
  • Heather Grody, vocals and acoustic guitar
  • Sheri Ozeki, bass
  • Sherri Solinger, drums




Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)

1994 "All I Need to Know" Murmurs
"You Suck" 25 1 23 89
1995 "White Rabbit"
1997 "I'm a Mess" Pristine Smut
1998 "La Di Da" Blender
1999 "Smash"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. Ankeny, Jason, "The Murmurs Biography", Allmusic, Rovi Corporation, retrieved June 11, 2011
  2. "Murmurs Release New CD", The Vindicator (from the Los Angeles Daily News), The Vindicator Printing Company, p. B12, June 30, 1997
  3. "Redcar Is:", official Redcar website, retrieved June 11, 2011
  4. Australian peak
  5. Norwegian peak
  6. US peaks
  7. "SØK I TROFÉER". IFPI Norway. Archived from the original on 2006-06-26. Retrieved 2012-08-14.
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