LOGAN, W.Va. -- Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will be heading back to Las Vegas after his string of holiday shows in West Virginia.The "America's Got Talent'' winner tells The Logan Banner that he plans to return to Las Vegas next summer for a three-month concert series. He sang at Caesar's Palace there in October as part of his reward for winning the NBC talent competition.Murphy will perform next month at concerts in Charleston, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Princeton, and in Pikeville, Ky.The Logan native's first album, "That's Life,'' will be released on Nov. 21."Life after winning `America's Got Talent' is fast-paced now,'' Murphy said. "I have to always be on a schedule, but I'm really enjoying it. This is something I've always wanted to do.''Murphy's transformation from a car wash employee to a crooner and his mild-mannered, humble persona won over "America's Got Talent'' viewers. He sang Frank Sinatra's "My Way'' in the finals in mid-September.Murphy sang the national anthem at the West Virginia football game with LSU Sept. 24 in Morgantown and he'll sing it again Sunday at the inauguration of Gov.-elect Earl Ray Tomblin in Charleston.
"It's a big honor,'' Murphy said.Murphy said he wrote the lyrics to his album in five days, something his management team expected to take up to three weeks. He said the songs were completed in the same California recording studio where Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. sang."There was so much history in there,'' Murphy said. "After the orchestra packed up and left, I just sat there looking around, thinking `I can't believe I'm really in here.'''Murphy said the title track of the album is very personal."When I sing `That's Life,' I think about how much it's like my own life,'' Murphy said. "It describes everything I've gone through in my life. It's an emotional -- yet happy -- song. I go through all these emotions and, at the same time, I'm trying to entertain everyone.''Aside from his performing, Murphy said he's also trying to set up foundations to help less fortunate people.