Murphy to sing in Middlebourne

LOGAN, W.Va. – Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. hasn’t let success spoil him.

The “America’s Got Talent” darling from Logan, W.Va., remains a humble and nice person since winning NBC’s show for his nostalgic singing in 2011. This led to performances from coast to coast and a top-selling Columbia Records CD “That’s Life.”

Murphy will be singing tunes from the “Great American Songbook,” Frank Sinatra songs, old Motown hits and Southern rock from 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tyler County Fairgrounds in Middlebourne. Murphy’s free concert will be followed by a fireworks show.

Murphy, 38, has been providing plenty of fireworks of his own since winning “America’s Got Talent.” And he doesn’t plan to rest on his laurels.

He has performed 230 shows, including appearances in Las Vegas, Germany, the Apollo Theater in New York City, the Sacramento County Fair in California, with The Temptations in Pontiac, Mich., and for a fundraiser given by famous attorney Robert Shapiro (O.J. Simpson case) in Hollywood.

In a telephone interview this week, Murphy said he sees his “America’s Got Talent” win and two-year tour as a platform for launching his singing career.

“I’m just getting started,” he said.

Murphy plans to take his career to a higher level.

This involves writing his own songs. He has written 12 songs that are awaiting musical arrangements.

Murphy is working on a Christmas CD that will contain his original songs, renditions of popular holiday songs and songs from the “Great American Songbook.”

He enjoys the “cool” singing styles of Tony Bennett, Steve Tyrell, Harry Connick Jr. and Michael Buble and wants to see their songs and music continue.

Murphy said he loves West Virginia and still makes his home in Logan County.

He expressed his gratitude to West Virginians who voted for him in the “America’s Got Talent” contest and asked their out-of-state friends and relatives to do the same.

Members of his band live in West Virginia.

“I keep people from the state around me,” he said.

Murphy has met West Virginia natives at many of his out-of-state concerts. In Sacramento, three rows of spectators at his concert wore T-shirts stating they were from West Virginia and fans of Murphy, he said.

He gladly stays after a show to sign autographs and pose for photographs. He doesn’t avoid people who approach him on the street or in stores and welcomes their attention.

Murphy said he tries to help other West Virginians realize their dreams in the music business. West Virginia has many talented musicians and singer/songwriters, he said.

“I spread love with a microphone,” Murphy said. “I want people to feel good when they leave my concert.”

Murphy adds, “I want to represent West Virginia in a positive way. I feel so blessed.”