Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is coming home.
The Aracoma Story Inc. is presenting Landau in a very unique setting for this concert. The performance will be under the stars at Chief Logan State Park at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater. The concert will be held on Friday, August 12th. Tickets can be purchased at Gatti’s at the Fountain Place Mall in Logan, by calling the The Aracoma Story Inc. office at (304) 752-0253 or by visiting www.landaumurphyjr.com.
Over 100 sold out concerts across three continents, from Caesars Palace to the Apollo Theater and all points in between. A debut CD from a Grammy winning producer that hit the top of the Billboard charts. More than a million dollars raised for children’s and homeless charities via his holiday CD and personal appearances. Performing duets with childhood heroes Patti Labelle and Glenn Leonard, the former lead vocalist from The Temptations. An international television audience of over 100 million touched by his amazing life story. And it all started here, in a very small town with a man who possessed a big dream and an even bigger voice.
When Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. showed up to audition for NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent in 2010, he was singing to pass the time while grinding out a living washing cars in his hometown of Logan, WV.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be from a big city to win America’s heart. You need talent and personality, and Landau has a great deal of both. Wowing the judges with his back story of homelessness and determination to succeed for his family, coupled with interpretations of classics from Cole Porter, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and others, Landau walked away with the million dollar grand prize in front of 14 million weekly viewers. According to show insiders, when all was said and done, Landau had won America’s Got Talent by the biggest vote total in the show’s history.
Landau’s third album, scheduled for release this year, will include his signature take on popular Great American Songbook standards, updated versions of classic R&B tracks with what Landau calls a “Big Band twist,” and Landau’s first ever original compositions co-written with some of the music industry’s biggest Grammy-winning songwriters. Tracks were recorded at the famed Capitol Records Studio “B,” home to Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Nat “King” Cole, Dean Martin and many more legendary vocalists. The CD was helmed by Grammy winner Jeff Weber, who said that the album will “stay true to Landau’s signature style, while stretching him and showing just how versatile a vocalist, performer and songwriter he is. It’s going to pleasantly surprise a lot of people.”
Never seeming to slow down, Landau has appeared on The Today Show, The View, CNN, Fox and Friends, The Wendy Williams Show, The Talk, Anderson Cooper, Tom Joyner, Sirius XM, NPR, The Daily Buzz and dozens of other local and national media outlets. Landau was named his home state’s “West Virginian of the Year,” and is often called on by The Governor’s Office and others to represent the state, and played a special command performance at the Governor’s Inauguration. In 2014, he performed huge homecoming benefit concerts for several charities in his hometown of Logan and at a sold out black tie gala fundraiser for West Virginia Hospice Care’s 35th Anniversary Celebration in Charleston. The United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) honored Landau with their prestigious Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award during ceremonies in Baltimore. He won Reality TV Personality of the Year in Hollywood, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Murphy was honored to perform with his band for U.S. Troops stationed in Germany, and by performing the National Anthem has appeared for Major League baseball’s Baltimore Orioles, the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, and several collegiate events, including a sold out crowd of 70,000 for WVU vs. LSU and an NCAA basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden. A huge basketball fan, Landau was named honorary co-captain of the Washington Wizards prior to a 2015 game, and visited Asia for the first time as the headliner at a special charity benefit at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai China for AEG Live.
But all of his success hasn’t made Landau forget his roots. He was born in the Mountain State of West Virginia and continues to live there rather than move to entertainment industry hubs like Los Angeles or New York. “West Virginia will always be my home,” says Landau, “and home and family are the most important thing in the world to me. I can always fly out to LA or New York for work, but being here in West Virginia helps keep me humble and grounded. I’m just very fortunate to be living my dream.” In between tour dates and appearances across the country, Landau enjoys spending time at his modest home tucked away in the West Virginia hills. “I’ve got my little home studio, plenty of room for my family and a big beautiful mountain behind me. I’m so thankful to God every day for giving me these blessings, and a bigger stage to perform on.”
And, yes, he still sings while he washes cars. But now, that car belongs to Landau.