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United States Junior Chamber Names 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans

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Laura E. Chesney-Gadd

Director, TOYA

United States Jaycees

651.238.1185

toya@usjaycees.org

United States Junior Chamber Names

 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans

 

ST. LOUIS – What do Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley and Wayne Newton have in common? They are all past recipients of the United States Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Americans award.  For over 75 years, the United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) has recognized the ten young men and women – under the age of 40 – who best exemplify the highest attributes of the nation’s emerging generation. The U.S. Jaycees is pleased to name the 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans who will be honored at the 76th annual black-tie awards ceremony – to be held June 28, 2014, at the BWI Airport Marriott Hotel in Linthicum Heights, MD.

“Since the beginning of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) program, the US Jaycees have recognized young men and women who are truly dedicated to the world around them.  Each class of winners represents the best of the best in a variety of categories, but they are all bound by one common belief – that service to humanity is the best work of life,” said Fay Poissant, President of the US Jaycees.  “ I have no doubt that the 2014 TOYA recipients will continue to create positive change through their selflessness and willingness to create sustainable solutions in their communities, much like the Jaycees have been doing for nearly 100 years.”

The United States Jaycees Class of 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans Honorees include:

 

Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr, 39, Entertainer

Logan, WV

 

Lauren B. Beach, 30, Lawyer & PhD Candidate

Minneapolis, MN

 

Taryn Davis, 28, Founder/Executive Director, American Widow Project

Buda, TX

 

Amelia Rose Earhart, 31, Aviatrix; Founder/CEO, Fly With Amelia Foundation

Denver, CO

 

Colmon Elridge, III, 32, Senior Advisor to the Governor of KY

Georgetown, KY

 

Lieutenant Commander Michael Files, 39, US Navy

Battle Creek, MI

 

Tevan Green, 36, President/CEO, Citadel Logic, LLC

Yorktown, VA

 

Jennifer L. Livingston, 38, News Anchor, WKBT

La Crosse, WI

 

Ruth Riley, 34, WNBA player

Miami Beach, FL

 

Michael Schultz, 32, Athlete; Founder/Inventor, Biodapt, Inc.

St. Cloud, MN

To learn more about the 2014 Ten Outstanding Young American honorees, the program, or the 76th Annual Banquet and Ceremony event, please visit www.usjaycees.org/toya.

 

About Ten Outstanding Young Americans Program

The Ten Outstanding Young Americans program (TOYA) is one of the oldest and most prestigious recognition programs in America. Annually since 1938, The United States Jaycees has sought out the ten young men and women (under the age of 40) who best exemplify the finest attributes of America’s youthful achievers.  Previous honorees include Bill Clinton (1979), John F. Kennedy (1946), Dick Cheney (1976), Kurt Warner (2010), Wayne Newton (1977), Gale Sayers (1969), Elvis Presley (1970) and Michele Tafoya (2001).

About the Jaycees

Leadership development through community involvement has been the basis of the Jaycees since its inception in 1920. The goal of the not-for-profit organization is to provide members a means to reach their full potential through networking and personal growth opportunities, and is ideal for proactive young people ages 18 to 40. Members enhance a variety of leadership, management and communication skills as they work together to plan and run civic and individual development activities that affect positive change in their home communities and throughout the world.  To learn more about the Jaycees visit www.usjaycees.org.

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US Junior Chamber Names Landau Murphy Jr. 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, April 7, 2014

United States Junior Chamber Names Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans

Landau slated to perform his only concert this year at Clay Center in Charleston Thursday June 19th with former lead vocalists from Temptations, Platters and Drifters to celebrate HospiceCare 35th Anniversary, presented by Brickstreet Insurance 

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ST. LOUIS – What do Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley, Wayne Newton and General Chuck Yeager have in common? They are all past recipients of the United States Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Americans award.  For over 75 years, the United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) has recognized the ten young men and women – under the age of 40 – who best exemplify the highest attributes of the nation’s emerging generation. The U.S. Jaycees is pleased to name West Virginia’s own Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. to the 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans who will be honored at the 76th annual black-tie awards ceremony – to be held June 28, 2014, at the BWI Airport Marriott Hotel in Baltimore, MD.

“Since the beginning of the Ten Outstanding Young Americans (TOYA) program, the US Jaycees have recognized young men and women who are truly dedicated to the world around them.  Each class of winners represents the best of the best in a variety of categories, but they are all bound by one common belief – that service to humanity is the best work of life,” said Fay Poissant, President of the US Jaycees.  “ I have no doubt that the 2014 TOYA recipients will continue to create positive change through their selflessness and willingness to create sustainable solutions in their communities, much like the Jaycees have been doing for nearly 100 years.”

Landau’s only public performance this year in the Charleston area is scheduled for Thursday June 19th at the Clay Center.  The concert will feature as Landau’s special guests the former lead vocalists from the Temptations (Glenn Leonard), Platters (Joe Coleman) and Drifters (Joe Blunt) and Landau’s All Star Big Band.  Landau will preview songs from his upcoming third album at the concert.  The performance benefits HospiceCare, celebrating their 35th anniversary and is presented by Brickstreet Insurance.  Tickets are on sale now at The Clay Center box office and online at www.theclaycenter.org and www.landaumurphyjr.com.

To learn more about the 2014 Ten Outstanding Young American honorees, the program, or the 76th Annual Banquet and Ceremony event, please visit www.jayceemember.com/toya.

About Ten Outstanding Young Americans Program

The Ten Outstanding Young Americans program (TOYA) is one of the oldest and most prestigious recognition programs in America. Annually since 1938, The United States Jaycees has sought out the ten young men and women (under the age of 40) who best exemplify the finest attributes of America’s youthful achievers.  Previous honorees include Bill Clinton (1979), John F. Kennedy (1946), Dick Cheney (1976), Kurt Warner (2010), Wayne Newton (1977), Gale Sayers (1969), Elvis Presley (1970) and Michele Tafoya (2001).

About the Jaycees

Leadership development through community involvement has been the basis of the Jaycees since its inception in 1920. The goal of the not-for-profit organization is to provide members a means to reach their full potential through networking and personal growth opportunities, and is ideal for proactive young people ages 18 to 40. Members enhance a variety of leadership, management and communication skills as they work together to plan and run civic and individual development activities that affect positive change in their home communities and throughout the world.  To learn more about the Jaycees visit www.usjaycees.org.

About Landau

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 “Distinguished West Virginian” by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

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Surprise intimate performance at Stonewall Resort

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Just announced

 
America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will play a surprise performance Saturday March 29th at 8pm at the beautiful Stonewall Resort near Weston WV.  For one night only, the Stonewall ballroom will be converted into “The Landau Lounge”.  This intimate setting will be patterned after Landau’s appearances at New York City’s legendary Birdland and Hollywood’s Catalina Jazz Club and will feature VIP tables, a small dance floor and best of all, a rare up close and personal performance featuring Landau backed by his dynamic small jazz combo.  This special show will highlight Landau’s incredible vocal stylings and the engaging charm that helped him win America’s hearts and propel him to #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart.  Landau will perform classics from the Great American Songbook by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and more, and give fans a first listen to songs he’s recorded at the Capitol Records studios in Hollywood for his upcoming third album.
Seating is extremely limited for this special surprise “Landau Lounge” performance with Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Saturday March 29th.  Tickets are $35.00, or $50.00 for VIP seating including a backstage meet and greet with Landau and a photo with Landau and his band.  You can purchase tickets online at www.ticketriver.com/event/10453 or reserve by phone at (703) 268-4218.   In addition to the “Landau Lounge” performance, March 29th is the opening day for Stonewall Resort’s Arnold Palmer signature golf course and is offering a special overnight room rate of $99.00 for concert goers and golfers.
Don’t miss this very unique opportunity to Celebrate Spring and hear  Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. as never before, up close and personal, in “The Landau Lounge” Saturday March 29th at Stonewall Resort!

For any questions and resort reservations, call Stonewall Resort at (304) 269-7400. Visit their website here for special performance reservation rate packages.

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Band member of the month: Michael Stroeher

Michael Stroeher

Michael Stroeher

Fast Facts

Instrument: Trombone

How long have you been playing?: For 51 years

What do you do when you’re not playing with Landau?: I’m a professor of trombone at Marshall University and a Principal Trombone with the Huntington Symphony.

Who are some other notable artists you’ve played with or gigs you’ve played?: Ella Fitzgerald, the Temptations, the Stylistics, Frank Sinatra, Jr., LeAnn Rimes, Crystal Gayle, Bugs Bunny on Broadway, Video Games Live, St. Louis Symphony, South Carolina Philharmonic

What’s your most memorable Landau gig?: I enjoy all of them!

What’s your favorite part of playing with Landau?: I appreciate the high level of musicianship and the camaraderie.

What are some of your hobbies and other interests?: I enjoy bicycling, running, and hiking.

What advice do you have for young musicians?: Find people to play with who play better than you; it lifts your level. Find a good teacher. Practice.

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Landau & Friends at Clay Center to Celebrate HospiceCare’s 35th Anniversary

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CHARLESTON, WV – In honor of HospiceCare’s 35th Anniversary of serving the people of West Virginia, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is coming home to The Clay Center to perform a benefit concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 19, presented by BrickStreet Insurance. The show will feature special guest vocalists from The Temptations, Platters and Drifters, performing each of their legendary group’s biggest R&B hits. Landau will also be debuting new tracks for the first time ever from his upcoming third studio release.

Since stealing the hearts of the nation on America’s Got Talent, to his chart-topping success with his Columbia Records debut CD, “That’s Life,” and follow-up “Christmas Made for Two,” Landau has toured across the country and abroad to sold-out audiences, all the while maintaining his home and roots in his beloved West Virginia. Landau’s concert also will help serve as an un-official kick-off FestivALL, the Capitol City’s annual celebration of the arts and culture.

Tickets for this special, one-night-only benefit concert are $35, $50 & $100 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 4. The $100 VIP tickets include a pre-show Friends of Hospice meet-and-greet reception with Landau at 6:30 p.m. in the Walker Theater behind the stage at The Clay Center. Tickets will be sold exclusively through The Clay Center Box Office at (304) 561-3570 or online HERE. (HospiceCare and The Clay Center are not responsible for tickets purchased through unauthorized third parties.)

To request advance interviews or more press materials about Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., please contact Burke Allen at Allen Media Strategies, Washington, DC, (703) 589-8960. For more information about HospiceCare, please contact Marketing Director Jeff Sikorovsky at (304) 768-8523 or (800) 560-8523, by e-mail at jsikorovsky@hospicecarewv.org, or visit us online at www.hospicecarewv.org.

 


BACKGROUND ON LANDAU EUGENE MURPHY JR. :

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., the runaway season six winner of NBC TV’s AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, has toured across the country to sold-out audiences, while maintaining his home and roots in his beloved West Virginia.  His debut CD “That’s Life” on Columbia Records hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz charts and was produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell.  Murphy’s follow-up “Christmas Made For Two” CD was a benefit fundraising vehicle for The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, one of many Mountain State charities Landau has supported generously with his time and talent, helping raise over a million dollars for his fellow West Virginians.  His book “Landau-From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star” was an Amazon #1 best seller and Landau’s recent tour of China and his visit to U.S. Troops in Germany are among his career highlights.  Landau has completed music tracks for an upcoming third album at the Capitol Records studios in Hollywood, and will be a featured author at this year’s Book Expo America at NYC.  For more information about Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., please contact his agent, Burke Allen at Allen Media Strategies, Washington, DC, (703) 589-8960, or visit them online at www.allenmediastrategies.com.

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