West Virginia’s own Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the winner of NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent and Columbia Records recording artist, will be performing at the Governor’s official Inauguration festivities Monday night January 16th at the The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. Murphy will close the evening with a special up close and intimate performance in the Greenbrier Casino.
Landau has been added as a special guest star at the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame tribute concert to Country Music Hall of Famer and West Virginia native “Little” Jimmy Dickens. The unique music event is this Friday night January 13th at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Tickets and more information are available HERE
Landau will be joined at the Dicken’s tribute concert by Mountain Stage radio host Larry Groce, Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, The Carpenter Ants, Julie Adams, John Lilly and others.
Born and raised in Bolt, Raleigh County, “Little” Jimmy Dickens, who was 4’11” tall, was a permanent member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1949, and his name became synonymous with that musical institution. For many years, he performed as many 300 nights a year, and, in 1964, became the first country music star to circle the world on a tour. Dickens charted hits in every decade from the 1940s to the 1970s. Thanks to the support of fellow West Virginian Brad Paisley who featured his diminutive friend in several popular music videos, Dickens’ music reached a whole new generation of listeners. Dickens was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983 and was in the first class of inductees into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame in 2007.
Dicken’s last Opry performance was December 20, 2014, four days after his 94th birthday. He passed away just two weeks later on January 2, 2015. In the words of fellow Country Music Hall of Famer and WV Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith, “Jimmy Dickens was the essence of country music and the heart of the Grand Ole Opry.”
Landau has contributed a cover of Dicken’s biggest hit “May The Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose” to a tribute album scheduled for release in Spring 2017.
Friday’s “Little” Jimmy Dickens tribute concert is presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts.
Landau Comes Home To West Virginia October 1st, 2nd and 3rd
America’s Got Talent Winner honored with Spirit of Coalfields Award at Tamarack October 1st, performs special Rocket Boys Festival concert in Beckley Oct. 2nd and Landes Arts Center fundraiser in Petersburg October 3rd
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the dreadlocked classic crooner vocalist who won season six of NBC Television’s America’s Got Talent, a one million dollar grand prize, and a Columbia Records contract, has spent most of 2015 on a nationwide sold-out tour that has taken him from New York City to California and all points in between. And before the year is out, he’ll be in Miami, Minnesota, Maryland, Boston, back to the Big Apple, Hollywood for an official Sinatra family event, and headlining a Christmas tour of the Northeast. So he’s happy to be back home in Southern West Virginia October 1st and 2nd in Beckley, just a quick trip over the mountains from his home in Logan.
First up, Landau will be honored as this year’s winner of the Spirit of Coalfields Award as part of the 2015 Miner’s Celebration event Thursday October 1st at Tamarack. Miners, community members, and others connected with the state’s coal mining industry will gather at Tamarack for a gala reception and dinner to celebrate the past, present and future of West Virginia’s coal mining enterprise, and to recognize those who play a role in it’s success.
Murphy grew up in the heart of the coalfields in a coal mining family; both his father and grandfather were miners. “I’m proud of our miners past and present and how hard they work for their families. I have lots of personal friends who are miners, and I’m humbled to even be in the same room as these great men and women.”
The Miner’s Celebration gala will begin at 5:00 p.m. with a free reception in the Tamarack atrium. The dinner and awards ceremony, which require a ticket, will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the ballroom. Tickets for the dinner and awards ceremony are $50 per person. To purchase tickets, call 304-696-4029 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Miner’s Celebration, best-selling author Homer Hickam will also present the Homer Hickam Collier Award to a working coal miner who epitomizes the spirit, dedication and skills of the mining profession. Hickam will be in town to speak to area students and to attend the weekend’s annual Rocket Boys/October Sky Festival. Hickam had seen Murphy perform at The Greenbrier and on America’s Got Talent, and invited his fellow West Virginia celebrity to perform at this year’s festival through their mutual manager, Burke Allen of Allen Media Strategies.
Landau happily accepted the invitation to stay in West Virginia a bit longer, so the following evening, Friday night October 2nd, Landau and his Big Band will perform a special “Rocket Boys Reunion” concert at the Tamarack Theatre. The show starts at 8:00 p.m., following a 6:00 p.m. screening of October Sky that will feature live appearances by Hickam and Rocket Boys Roy Lee Cooke, O’Dell Carroll and Billy Rose. You can purchase tickets for the concert, or concert and film, at landaumurphyjr.com, by phone at (703) 589-8960, or at the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine, site of Saturday’s Rocket Boys/October Sky Festival activities. Please note that because of the small size of the Tamarack Theatre, the evening’s events are expected to sell out, so fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets right away.
Landau will then head to northern West Virginia to wrap up his homecoming weekend by headlining a special fundraising gala at the Landes Arts Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday night October 3rd. Tickets to the concert are $40 and $50 with proceeds being used for enhancements at the Landes Center. Tickets may be purchased at the Grant County Parks and Recreation Department office or by phone at (703) 257-1725. A very limited number of seats are still available.
Find out more about Landau’s upcoming events and appearances online at his official website: landaumurphyjr.com.
Landau will be at the United States Capitol in Washington, District of Columbia this Wednesday May 20th alongside the WV congressional delegation saluting Mountain State veterans of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, including a Tuskegee Airman from Beckley, West Virginia.
The group will also tour the city’s monuments and receive VIP treatment during their all expense paid trip to the Nation’s Capitol courtesy of Always Free Honor Flight WV. Landau’s manager Burke Allen is a member of the Honor Flight Board of Directors, which is overseen by The Denver Foundation, Dreama Denver, and Honor Flight Coordinator Pam Coulbourne.
Landau will honor our veterans by performing The National Anthem at the ceremony. “It’s quite an honor for Team Landau to be able to participate, and pay our respects to these living legends,” said Murphy.
LANDAU EUGENE MURPHY JR. TO PERFORM ALONGSIDE FORMER TEMPTATIONS FRONTMAN
A Motown legend sharing the stage with an America’s Got Talent winner? No, this is not just your imagination running away with you.
In conjunction with The Huntington Symphony Orchestra’s Picnic with the Pops concert series, West Virginia’s own Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will be performing at the Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington, W. Va. this Saturday August 17th, and will be joined by a very special guest.
Glenn Leonard, former lead vocalist for Motown’s legendary Temptations will perform alongside Murphy and the Huntington Symphony Orchestra. Leonard joined the group in 1975 and was the first tenor to front The Temptations, remaining with the Motown hit makers through 1983. Glenn recorded 10 albums with the group, toured the world and was the featured lead vocalist on the Temps version of the Christmas classic “Silent Night”, which he recently re-recorded as a duet with Murphy. Benjamin J. Cain Jr. portrayed Leonard in the 1998 biographical television mini-series The Temptations. Today, Leonard travels with his own group, The Temptations Revue, and as a member of Leonard, Coleman and Blunt, featuring former lead vocalists of the Temptations, The Platters and The Drifters.
Possessing a smooth, baritone voice reminiscent of the Rat Pack luminaries he greatly admires, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. began recording his debut album That’s Life alongside Grammy-winning producer Steve Tyrell shortly after winning the 6th season of America’s Got Talent. Upon its release in December 2011, That’s Life debuted at number one on the Billboard jazz charts and in the top 40 overall. Since then, Murphy has appeared on dozens of national television and radio programs and toured the world to sell out audiences. He returned earlier this week from a string of sold out shows and media appearances in Beverly Hills and Hollywood.
Tickets can be purchased at Mug and Pia (Most Unique Gifts and Paper Items Anywhere) and Simply Whisk in downtown Huntington as well as online at www.huntingtonsymphony.org. Tables are already sold out, but a limited number of reserved seats and general admission tickets are still available.
For more information or to request media interviews with Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. or former Temptations lead vocalist Glenn Leonard please contact Jessica Lloyd of Allen Media Strategies at (703) 589-8960 or email@example.com.