Anna Lee Murrell was born on April 3, 1930, in Louisville, Kentucky to Ray Field and Daisy Price. Anne Lee and her mother moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania after the passing of her father.
At the age of 5 years old, Anne Lee sang her first solo at First Baptist Church in McDonald, Pennsylvania which was in the garden. That began her singing career. At the age of 11 years old, she joined the Calvary Baptist Church in Pittsburgh and was baptized by the late Reverend Oliver Martin.
While Anne Lee was expanding her musical career with a contract with Savoy Records with hits such as: “Shoulder to Lean On”, “The Light House”, and many others, her play writing skills also developed.
Anne Lee wrote and produced “The Beautiful Church” which expanded into “Whatever Happen to the Beautiful Church” which premiered on May 7, 1982. By this time, Anne Lee had formed the Alpha Gospel Production, Inc. Other productions to her credit are “Guilty on all Counts”, “The Black Heritage”, “Whatever Happen to the Beautiful Church”, and “On My Way to Heaven Anyhow”.
In 2013, Anne Lee formed the Omega Christian Artist and Actors Guild under the umbrella of Heavenly Vision Ministries International, Inc. She brought forth the “Return of the Beautiful Church”. Mostly all of the music in her plays were written by her. Anne Lee has written, to her credit, approximately 500 Gospel Songs throughout her career. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada. She has received numerous awards with the Murrell Singers. In addition to her very impressive career in Music and Theatre she was also passionate about education. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. She retired from the Board of Education after almost 30 years. She later returned to work with her cousin’s agency supervising the foster care program for Heavenly Vision Ministries, Inc.
Anne Lee became a member of Carrone Baptist Church in 2014 after falling love with Pastor Alonzo Murphy and continued until her death.
Anne Lee leaves to cherish in her memory her sister, Earlene Logan; adopted sisters, Dr. Lenelle Thomas, Geraldine Kirk, and Valetta O’Kelly; devoted and overseer, Apostle Dr. Armenia Johnson; daughters, Nadine (Larry) Powell, Lorianne Murldrow; Yvonne Munroe, Tonia Butler; sons, LC Murrell, Leroy Murrell, DeVon Murrell; grandchildren, Kim (John) Young, Kelly (John) Thomas, Kasey (John) Robinson; great-grandchildren, John Jr., Eric Thomas, Shakeeta, LaTecia, Lois Murphy, Sean Monroe, Ashley Coleman, Aaron Lawson, Mark Callway Jr., Ricky Waters, Christopher Titus, Chantelle Murrell, Rashad, Donna, Deanna DeVaughn; God-daughter, Donna Allen; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins, the cast of Omega, and many other friends.