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Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
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About Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. truly has a rags-to-riches story. At the time he auditioned for America’s Got Talent, he was washing cars for a living in his hometown of Logan, West Virginia. The only nice clothes he owned were the ones on his back: a pair of jeans, a modest button-down shirt, and a jacket. Fortunately, you don’t need a slick wardrobe to win America’s heart; you need talent and personality, and Murphy has a great deal of both. Wowing the judges with his story of homelessness and determination—not to mention his stellar interpretations of classics from Cole Porter, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and others—Murphy walked away with the million dollar grand prize in front of 14 million viewers. According to show insiders, Murphy won America’s Got Talent by the biggest vote total in the first six seasons of the show.
After his big win, Murphy signed with Columbia Records. (Coincidentally, Columbia was the label that also launched Frank Sinatra’s solo career.) To oversee Murphy’s debut album, That’s Life, Columbia brought in producer-turned-crooner Steve Tyrell. Murphy also co-wrote a book with author Rick Robinson. The book, entitled America’s Got Talent Winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.: From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star, chronicles Murphy’s All-American success story.
Murphy has sold out over 100 concerts across three continents, and has performed duets with childhood heroes Patti Labelle and Glenn Leonard, former lead vocalist for The Temptations. Murphy has also raised more than one million dollars for charities benefitting children and the homeless.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“he’s amazing. He’s being compared to greats like Sinatra and Nat King Cole, and he deserves it.” – Judith Hill