Benefit concert in Martinsburg, WV Thursday April 24th
LANDAU EUGENE MURPHY JR. PERFORMS BENEFIT CONCERT IN EASTERN PANHANDLE
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT WINNER BRINGS FORMER TEMPTATIONS, PLATTERS, AND DRIFTERS IN CONCERT TO MARTINSBURG APRIL 24TH
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the Sinatra-singing season six winner of NBC Television’s America’s Got Talent will perform the first ever concert by a national headliner in the beautiful state-of-the-art theater at Spring Mills High School in Martinsburg, WV Thursday April 24th at 8pm. The concert is a benefit for the Spring Mills Student Choir, who will join Murphy on stage during the performance. The concert experience will also feature Landau’s special guests, former lead vocalists from the Temptations, Platters, and Drifters, singing the biggest hits from each group including “My Girl,” “Under The Boardwalk,” “The Great Pretender,” and many more. The incomparable “Swing Machine Big Band” will accompany the vocalists. Swing Machine is an All-Star big band comprised of many former members of the Air Force Airmen of Note, Army Blues, Navy Commodores, Glenn Miller Orchestra and other professional musicians from the Washington DC area.
Tickets are available online now at www.landaumurphyjr.com and from the Spring Mills High School Student Choir Department. Prime Gold Circle seats are $50.00 and general admission tickets are $35.00. Gold Circle ticket purchases will include an exclusive meet-and-greet and photo op with all of the vocalists before the show. A special discounted ticket rate is available for local area students.
About the performers:
Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. thrilled fans of NBC television’s hit series America’s Got Talent as the dreadlocked crooner that won America’s hearts, walking away with the largest number of winning votes in the history of the series. Landau’s classic crooning and smooth style has spread well beyond AGT audiences worldwide. From headlining Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to Harlem’s famed Apollo Theater and all points in between, Landau has performed all across the country and internationally, having toured China with fellow AGT winner Michael Grimm and performed for U.S. troops stationed in Europe.
Landau’s first Columbia Records album, “That’s Life,” produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell, debuted at #1 on the Billboard jazz charts in 2011. He released his follow-up holiday album “Christmas Made for Two” in 2013, featuring Christmas classics, new sounds of the season, and a special guest cameo from Glenn Leonard, former lead singer of the Temptations, on their soulful duet of “Silent Night.” Landau’s autobiography published by Headline Books titled “Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. – From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star” spent several weeks in the top spot of Amazon’s Jazz Books chart late last year.
Landau’s third album, recorded at the famed Capitol Records Studio “B” in Hollywood, is slated for release later this year. The new project will feature Landau’s soulful, original spin on Great American Songbook standards, a handful of R&B flavored classics, and two new original songs co-written by Landau and multi-platinum producer/songwriters Dapo Torimiro (John Legend, Jordin Sparks, Brandy, David Archuleta, Justin Bieber), and Bill Meyers (Madonna, Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Olivia Newton-John, Four Tops). Grammy winner Jeffrey Weber produced the new Landau CD.
Landau has appeared on dozens of major network and cable TV and radio shows, received the Reality Television Personality of the Year award, was nominated for an NAACP Image Award, and performed in both the nationally televised Macy’s Christmas Parade and Hollywood Christmas Parade. Landau has received his home state’s two highest honors, named “West Virginian of the Year” by the Charleston Gazette newspaper and named “Distinguished West Virginian” by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.
GLENN LEONARD, former Temptations lead vocalist, enjoyed a long, illustrious career as the first tenor and lead singer of the Tempts from 1975-1983. Glenn sang on 10 albums with the Motown legends and appeared on television specials worldwide. Glenn’s voice is the one you hear each year on the radio singing the Christmas classic “Silent Night” from the Temptations’ classic Christmas album. Glenn re-recorded “Silent Night” as a duet with Landau on Murphy’s “Christmas Made for Two” CD.
Glenn was a featured performer on the Temptations’ “Reunion” tour and album, sharing the stage and recording with the likes of Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, Dennis Edwards, Richard Street, Otis Williams, and Melvin Franklin. He is a 2013 inductee into the R&B Music Hall of Fame.
JOE COLEMAN was the lead vocalist with The Platters for many years and was a regular at the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas with the group for over a decade, performing their most popular songs such as “My Prayer,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “The Great Pretender,” and many more Number 1 hits to sell-out audiences night after night. Joe is also an acclaimed theatrical composer, songwriter, and astute businessman, who recently returned from a tour of Japan with the legendary Ben E. King. Joe has been featured on the “Today Show,” “The Regis & Kelly Show,” and more.
RON DAVID MCPHATTER is a true legacy of the musical world – the son of Ruth Brown, The Queen of R&B, and Drifters lead vocalist Clyde McPhatter. Ron has performed hundreds of concerts in his father’s slot with “The Original Drifters,” and also shared the stage over the years with artists including Bonnie Raitt, B.B. King, Rick James, Jeffrey Osbourne, and his uncle: the legendary Little Richard. Ron has appeared in several music-themed films including “Why Do Fools Fall In Love” opposite Hallie Berry, “The Five Heartbeats,” “The Temptations,” and “Shake Rattle and Rock” with Renée Zellweger. Ron’s latest release, the R&B dance single “I Want Your Lovin’” is featured on a new BET sampler and is receiving airplay at MusicChoice and radio stations nationwide.