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Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will be performing Fri., Dec. 13, in Madison with his Christmas Classic Tour.
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will be performing Fri., Dec. 13, in Madison with his Christmas Classic Tour.
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MADISON, W.Va. — Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is bringing his holiday Classic Christmas Crooners Tour to Madison Fri., Dec. 13, at the Madison Civic Center. Murphy will be accompanied by his Classic Christmas Big Band and the former lead vocalists from The Temptations, The Drifters and The Platters as his special guests.

Murphy and the group will all be available after the show to meet with fans and pose for photos. Murphy will also be autographing copies of his newly released CD, “Christmas Made For Two,” and his new book “From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star.”

Tickets for the show start at just $10 with a toy donation to local area children this Christmas and are available online now at www.landaumurphyjr.com.

Fans can also meet Murphy at the Little General store in Danville just off Corridor “G” from 4-5 p.m. Friday for free pictures and autographs.

This holiday season, Murphy has a schedule that would fill up an entire career for most entertainers: a new CD release, a Christmas tour that will take him across the USA with former vocalists from the Temptations, Platters and Drifters, recording sessions in Hollywood for an upcoming album, a new book release that will see him doing at least two dozen joint CD/book signings, several TV appearances including a live telecast to receive a special Spirit award during the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame induction, a national radio promotion campaign, singing in the televised Macy’s Parade in Pittsburgh, a series of Christmas charity appearances, and a 20 hour flight to China to perform with fellow AGT winner Michael Grimm.

“I can’t wait; I feel like I’m on a rocket that’s blasting off,” Murphy said.

The holiday whirlwind began with the recent release of “Christmas Made For Two,” with a portion of all CD sales benefiting The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, a charity that Murphy has supported for more than a decade. Featuring fresh, jazzy spins on Christmas classics, the album is guaranteed to bring holiday cheer and find its place beneath many a Christmas tree this season.

“Everywhere I’ve gone in the past two years, people kept asking me if I’d do a Christmas album. I love holiday music, and I’m happy to give folks what they want,” Murphy said.

“Christmas Made for Two” features Murphy’s trademark rich vocal textures backed by an all-star lineup of musicians, including several members of Murphy’s touring band. Highlights include up-tempo, horn driven takes of “White Christmas” and a swinging “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” along with romantic fireplace and mistletoe ballads including “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” The single being released and promoted to radio stations nationwide is a jazzy, hip new arrangement of “Let It Snow.” The album also includes two new Christmas songs: jazz piano great Bob Thompson’s “Quiet Christmas” and the title track “Christmas Made For Two” from Nashville songsmiths Scott Krippayne and Jeff Peabody. A heartfelt holiday duet featuring Murphy and former Temptations lead vocalist Glenn Leonard on a spiritual, understated “Silent Night” rounds out the album. Leonard reprises his lead vocal on the classic from the smash hit “Temptations Christmas” album.

The short version of Murphy’s life story is well known to the 14 million viewers who watched his climb to the top on NBC TV’s America’s Got Talent; formerly homeless, the smiling car washer who won a million dollars, a recording contract and a Las Vegas headlining stint at Caesars Palace. This Christmas, the entire story is available to readers everywhere. Murphy and award winning co-author Rick Robinson have penned “America’s Got Talent Winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.: From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star.” Published by Headline Books, the memoir depicts Murphy’s rise to fame from some not-so fortunate times. The true rags-to-riches story follows a man with big talent, a big heart and an even bigger dream, and how he made that dream come true. The book includes extra features, personal insights from close friends and coworkers, a behind the scenes tour diary, and a scrapbook of never before seen photos.

“As a West Virginian, it was a very proud and emotional moment to watch Landau win America’s Got Talent,” NBA legend Jerry West said. “I’m so pleased that Landau is living his dream – a true American success story.”

Landau will be appearing nationwide at multiple Barnes & Noble locations, Adams Hallmark stores, malls, and other venues to sign copies of his CD and book. Both the CD and book are available now via Amazon and through Murphy’s website, www.landaumurphyjr.com, where you can get exclusive autographed copies or purchase a special package deal for both items. “Christmas Made For Two” is available on iTunes and many other exclusive music outlets including Spotify, Amazon MP3, iHeartRadio, and more.

The Classic Christmas Crooners Tour will include stops in California, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, and a short overseas leg in China. Murphy’s Classic Christmas Crooners Tour is sponsored by Little General Stores.

Several lucky fans were given the opportunity to join Murphy in-studio on November 21 in Hollywood as he recorded his upcoming album with Grammy award winning producer Jeff Weber, and they received VIP seats for his show at the legendary Vitello’s in Studio City, Calif., on November 22.

In China on December 6-7, Landau performed at Shanghai’s Mercedes Benz Arena alongside fellow America’s Got Talent winner Michael Grimm and judged local talent for the chance to open the show. A major highlight of the show granted a finalist from China’s Got Talent to join Murphy on stage to sing a duet.

During many of his home state West Virginia tour dates, Murphy will be collecting non-perishable food items and toys for needy families this Christmas with the help of several Mountain State charities for the third year in a row. For a complete list of cities where Murphy will be performing, links to purchase tickets and details on his upcoming book and CD signings, visit his website at www.landaumurphyjr.com.

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