America’s Got Talent winner visits Chicago

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Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the 2011 America’s Got Talent winner, said since winning the title he’s been “walking on faith, not by sight.”

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Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the 2011 America’s Got Talent winner, said since winning the title he’s been “walking on faith, not by sight.”

The West Virginia native said it’s hard to imagine being in Logan, WV not long ago washing cars for the past 12 years to now traveling across the country with his $1 million prize and a recording deal with Columbia Records.

“I liked washing cars because it gave me the freedom to put on some headphones and make my day go by. I could sing songs while I was working with no boss standing over my shoulder,” Murphy said during an event at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

After the audition in New York, the judges found it hard to believe Murphy, 36, had never auditioned before, he said.

Murphy grew up dancing and singing to Motown records in family members’ living rooms.

“I just started trying to be Michael Jackson in the living room with my brothers and sisters singing that Thriller album, Earth Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye,” he said.

Despite his new schedule, Murphy still finds time to give back. He works with the We Can Program and the Children’s Home Society.

His new album That’s Life was released earlier this month.

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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