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“Landau giving back, moving forward”

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By  – klovern@civitasmedia.com – 304-235-4242
Kyle Lovern/WDNLandau Eugene Murphy, Jr. is pictured in the studios of WVOW radio after recording a public service announcement. Landau, a Logan native, will kick-off his nationwide tour in his hometown Dec. 5th.

Kyle Lovern/WDNLandau Eugene Murphy, Jr. is pictured in the studios of WVOW radio after recording a public service announcement. Landau, a Logan native, will kick-off his nationwide tour in his hometown Dec. 5th.

LOGAN – Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. strolled humbly into the studios of WVOW radio in downtown Logan, with his signature dreadlocks, right on time for his 4:00 o’clock interview.

A lot has changed for the crooning performer who won America’s Got Talent back in 2011. Before heading to New York to audition for the reality show, Landau was washing cars at a local car dealership and bussing tables at local restaurants to make ends meet. He had to borrow money to take that fateful trip to New York.

 

He is still the down to earth, southern West Virginia guy, but naturally things are different for him these days.

 

“I personally haven’t changed, but my life has,” Landau said. “With being on the show I’m definitely recognized.”

 

Murphy was wearing a modest hoody with a nice black jacket to protect himself from the unseasonably cold temperatures.

 

The Sinatra style vocalist received national attention for winning the sixth season of the NBC reality show America’s Got Talent (AGT). Fans now come up to him and ask for an autograph or to take pictures with the soulful singer. This is something he has had to get used to.

 

“A lot of people just want to talk to me and tell me how many times they voted for me,” Landau said of his life-changing appearance on AGT. “I appreciate it all and it is very humbling.”

 

Many remember watching the show when he first came out onto the stage. He was nervous, chewing gum. When one of the judges mentioned it, he put the gum in his jeans pocket.

 

Then he simply blew the judges away with his first performance of “I Got You Under My Skin.”

 

He shed tears of joy when judge Howie Mandel told him his “life would never be the same” after that first audition.

 

The rest is history as Landau went on to win the popular reality show on September 14, 2011.

 

“I’m thankful for all of the blessings I’ve had,” Landau said.

 

Landau, known as ‘Dooney’ by his close friends in the Logan area, is now making a living doing what he loves – singing to audiences at a variety of venues.

 

He is literally a rags to riches story, but Landau is giving back. He participates in a variety of charitable drives and organizations around Logan County and southern West Virginia.

 

Every holiday season, Landau is dedicated to helping hometown charities. His tour kick-off show in Logan is no exception. Some of his charities include The Salvation Army, Logan High School Prayer Club’s Canned Food Drive, and the Matt Patterson Christmas Toy Drive. He has also done events for Hospice in the Charleston area.

 

Landau’s life has changed a lot in the past three years.

 

He went from singing in local venues in Logan to performing as a headliner in Las Vegas and other locations across the U.S.

 

“I want to give back,” Landau said, about how things have changed in his life. “There are always good causes out there. It should be an all-around year thing. I’ve been blessed and I’m trying to be a good humanitarian. Hopefully it will rub off on others who can give back.”

 

He can relate to being down on his luck. At one point in his life, Landau had been homeless at age 19, sleeping in his car.

 

Landau knows that the economy is really in dire straits for the coalfields. Many miners are laid off and families are finding it tough to make ends meet.

 

“Murphy’s father was a coal miner. His parents divorced when Murphy was 8-years old. He then moved with his mother and his two brothers and two sisters to Detroit, Michigan. He dropped out of school in the 11th grade to take care of his family.

 

“I just hope I can spread some joy, especially through the holiday season,” he added, “and throughout the rest of my career. That is something I should have been doing anyway, regardless of my situation.”

 

WHAT IS NEXT FOR LANDAU 

 

After his first CD “That’s Life”, he released a Christmas album last year, “Christmas Made For Two.”

 

Half of the proceeds from that holiday release went to the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.

 

He will be launching a nationwide tour at the Coalfield Jamboree in Logan on Friday, December 5. Before the performance he will be the Grand Marshall in the Logan Christmas parade.

 

“Kicking it off in Logan will really be fun,” he said. “You’re in front of your hometown and the people who know you.”

 

“It’s funny to look out in the audience and see people who you know and live around. It’s like family and they’re watching you do your show – that’s amazing,” Landau said with a wide smile.

 

After that it will be shows back to back at several locations.

 

Landau will be performing hits from his Billboard No.1 ranked debut CD and his follow up holiday release.

 

He is currently working on a third album.

 

“I am working on the third one,” Landau said with a smile. “We are working out some kinks.”

 

This new CD will have some original songs, as well as going back to the Sinatra style that has made him famous.

 

“I throw some curves in there,” he stressed. “It will be interesting when people hear it. I can really get into it.”

 

There is no release date, but Landau hopes it will be out in the spring.

 

Hollywood beckons too and Landau has been talking to some producers about appearing in a movie.

 

Landau is also working with some local singers and rappers and helping them produce a CD.

 

“I’m helping some of the guys I grew up with,” he said with a laugh. “Doing some rapping and singing – it’s going to blow people away when they hear it. I’m really looking forward to that. There is so much talent in West Virginia. I’ve been around it for a long time. I have a nice little circle of people who are ready to pursue their career.”

 

Landau wants to help them fulfill their dreams.

 

He has people listening to his style known now as “Great American Songbook” music. That was a popular term that refers to the genre of music from performers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and others. It was influenced by the jazz, big band and swing styles of that era.

 

“I want to continue to bring back memories for the grandparents out there and also share that music with the younger generations,” Landau added. “You’ve just got to really love it – it’s a package – I try to bring those emotions into those songs. There are some great lyrics, but you have to sing them like they were meant to be sung.”

 

“It’s a part of a team, with the band and everyone coming together,” Landau said of his sound. “You need to connectwith the audience. It’s all fun and I want to continue to do that.”

 

BASKETBALL, HIS FIRST LOVE

 

One release Landau had in the past, when things weren’t always going so well, was playing basketball. He played in church leagues and pickup games.

 

“Basketball was the only thing that got me out of the house and kept me going,” he recalls.

 

He still likes to get out and hit the hardwood when time permits. His hectic schedule will not allow him to play as much as he would like.

 

“I haven’t had the time to play, but when I get the chance, I still like to go hoop,” Landau said. “It’s fun – it is my first love.”

 

HIS POULARITY SOARS

 

After winning AGT, Landau signed to Sony Records and Columbia Records.

 

He performed in LasVegas and had other stops at the historic Apollo Theatre and the DTE Energy Center in Detroit. He has performed with former members of The Temptations and Platters, and has headlined appearances in his home state of West Virginia and across the nation.

 

He made a Super Bowl appearance, had a televised performance at The Hollywood Christmas Parade and a string of sold out headlining shows across the U.S.

 

He also had the television talk show tour which included The Today Show, Anderson Cooper, The View, The Talk, The Wendy Williams Show, Fox and Friends, CNN, The Tom Joyner Show, Scott and Todd on WPLJ, Good Day LA, and many more.

 

He has also sung the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden and at WVU’s Mountaineer Field, prior to a West Virginia University/LSU football game, and also at several other public events.

 

(Kyle Lovern is the News and Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at klovern@civitasmedia.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)

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Landau Kicks Off His ’14 National Christmas Tour with Charity Performance in His Own Hometown

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Kicks Off His 2014 National Christmas Tour with Charity Performance in His Own Hometown of Logan, West Virginia on Friday December 5th

America’s Got Talent Winner will bring special celebrity guests from Temptations, Platters, and Drifters as part of benefit performance, and be Grand Marshal of City of Logan Christmas Parade

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the dreadlocked classic crooner vocalist who won season six of NBC Television’s America’s Got Talent, one million dollars, and a Columbia Records contract, kicks off his 2014 Murphy and Motown Christmas Tour in his beloved hometown of Logan, West Virginia on Friday December 5th with a holiday charity performance at the Coalfield Jamboree Theatre. Tickets will be available this Monday, November 10th HERE and will soon be available at the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.

Landau will be performing hits from his debut CD “That’s Life” and his holiday release “Christmas Made For Two” and will preview songs from his upcoming third CD slated for a 2015 release. Also appearing with Landau as his special celebrity guests Leonard, Coleman & Blunt, the former lead vocalists of the Temptations, the Platters, and the Drifters, who have sold over 100 million records worldwide and scored dozens of number one hits.

Landau is also sharing the stage with West Virginia Teen Idol’s Shana Nelson and Seth Bunting.

Every holiday season, Landau is dedicated to helping hometown charities: his tour kick-off show in Logan is no exception. The Salvation Army, Logan High School Prayer Club’s Canned Food Drive, and the Matt Patterson Christmas Toy Drive are all receiving benefits and support from Team Landau in Logan. Ticket holders who donate to these charities can attend a special pre-concert VIP reception with Landau and Leonard, Coleman & Blunt to meet the stars, take photos, get autographs, and spread the holiday cheer.

To help coalfield residents of Logan County whose funds may be a bit tight this Christmas season, Logan County School students from kindergarten to 12th grade will receive the opportunity to receive one free ticket with each adult admission purchase.

Landau will also be serving as the Grand Marshal of the annual City of Logan Christmas Parade starting at 6:30 pm. The Murphy and Motown Christmas Concert will begin after the parade at 8:00 pm.

All of the Murphy and Motown musicians will be available after the show to meet with fans and pose for photos. Landau will be autographing copies of his classic hit Christmas album, Christmas Made For Two.

The special event is made possible by:

The City of Logan, Dave Allen Communications,

Mike Ferrell Toyota and the new Mike Ferrell Ford in Williamson,

Gatti’s Pizza, Fountain Place Cinema 8, Logan Bank and Trust, and

Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation Harmony 365

The Hatfield McCoy Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

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Main Street White Sulphur Springs to “Light up the Village” with Holiday Open House

Main Street White Sulphur Springs to “Light up the Village” with Holiday Open House

Main Street White Sulphur Springs will “Light Up the Village” for the town’s annual Holiday Open House. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 22 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Downtown businesses featuring gift items, holiday décor, food, home accessories and more will be open and offering refreshments.

In addition to a special appearance from Santa, West Virginia native and America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy will appear at Old Mill Park. In case of inclement weather Mr. Murphy will be at  Gillespie Brothers Antiques,  from 6:00 – 8:00 pm signing copies of his just released CD, “Christmas Made For Two.” Mr. Murphy asks that everyone bring a canned or non-perishable food item to one of the businesses to benefit the EUMC WSS Food Pantry.

“We are really excited about this year’s Light up the Village and the participation of Landau,” said Sadie Fraley, executive director of Main Street White Sulphur Springs. “The businesses are really in the spirit with their decorations and holiday offerings and everyone is looking forward to enjoying the festivities.”

Children ages 3-12 are invited to build a gingerbread house at Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. This, fun, family-friendly and complimentary event will be from 5:00 – 8:00 pm and all children must be accompanied by an adult. The gingerbread kits were generously donated by Gillespie Brothers Fine Antiques and Interiors. For more information on the gingerbread house construction event, contact the ReStore at 304-536-9190.

The Greenbrier will present an Ice Sculpting Demonstration at 5:00 pm at Old Mill Park. Mr. Justice and The Resort will also offer complimentary carriage rides from 5:00 – 8:00 pm.

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Landau Lends A Hand to Southern WV Families this Christmas

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Alum Creek Fire Dept Toy DriveLandau Eugene Murphy Jr. Lends A Hand to Southern WV Families this Christmas at 2nd Annual Alum Creek Volunteer Fire Department Toy Drive Thursday November 13th and with special Murphy and Motown Christmas Homecoming Concert in Logan Friday December 5th

Landau Kicks off National Christmas Tour in his hometown with Celebrity Guest Stars

America’s Got Talent winner and native West Virginian, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will meet and greet fans at Midway Elementary in Alum Creek, WV Thursday November 13, 2014, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM to help kick-off the 2014 Alum Creek Volunteer Fire Department Toy Drive. Admission to the event is free with the donation of a new/unwrapped toy or a minimum of $10 to the ACVFD Toy Drive campaign. A limited number of tickets will be available at the toy drive for the kickoff concert of Landau’s Murphy and Motown Christmas Homecoming tour Friday night December 5th in Murphy’s hometown of Logan WV. The special Christmas concert will feature as Landau’s special guests Leonard, Coleman and Blunt, the former lead singers of the legendary Temptations, Platters and Drifters plus “WV Teen Idol” winner Seth Bunting. It’s all part of the City of Logan’s Christmas festivities including the annual Christmas parade where this year for the first time ever Murphy will serve as Parade Grand Marshall.

The Alum Creek Volunteer Fire Department’s Toy Drive will run through December 18, 2014 to benefit area children. Toys may be dropped off every Thursday evening between November 13 and December 18, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM, at the Alum Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Central Station, located at 2106 Childress Road in Alum Creek, WV. Toys may also be dropped off Monday through Saturday between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM at Curry Brothers Monuments, adjacent to the fire department on Childress Road in Alum Creek.

A representative of the Fire Dept. will be available for interviews (phoners, on camera, in studio, etc) during the days leading up to the kickoff event and beyond. Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will be available for phoners throughout the day on November 13 and will be available for in studio and/or on camera interviews Thursday afternoon prior to the event.

For more information on the Alum Creek Volunteer Fire Department Toy Drive, contact Josh Powers or Austin McCormick at (304) 756-2011 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ACVFDtoydrive. For tickets and more information for the Murphy and Motown Christmas Homecoming Tour including the first tour stop in Logan Friday December 5th, visit landaumurphyjr.com

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