CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There's an old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," and "America's Got Talent" winner and West Virginia native Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. isn't really changing anything -- well, mostly.
"Fans come up to me after shows and they tell me, 'Don't change anything,'" Murphy said.
And then they ask him to add another song from the 1960s "Rat Pack" milieu or maybe a little Motown music.
"People want to hear it," Murphy said, and shrugged.
And Murphy said he wants to give them what they want.
Murphy will be singing the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and many others April 6 at the Charleston Municipal Auditorium.
The show is a benefit for Charleston's Community Music Association and Junior Achievement of West Virginia, and will also feature a full slate of performers with deep West Virginia roots, including former "American Idol" contestant Chase Likens, Morgantown-based country group the Davisson Brothers, Taylor County's breakout country performers Taylor Made and Charleston-area bands Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys and the Carpenter Ants.
For Murphy, it's another show in his home state, which he said is still a treat.
"I love playing in West Virginia," he said. "But I still get butterflies every time I go out on that stage."
The former carwash employee turned talent contest winner said he's still adjusting to it all: the crowds, the fans and some of the darker aspects of success.
Still, there's a lot to like. Winning on "America's Got Talent" has created many opportunities.
He's been able to travel to places he never thought he'd see and do things beyond his dreams.
"We were in Stuttgart and Frankfurt in Germany," he said. "We performed for veterans on Veterans Day. That was really fun."
He also got to sing the national anthem at a Miami Heat game, which was a big deal for Murphy, a huge basketball fan.
"I'd never been to an NBA game," Murphy said. "Growing up, I was, like, this huge Michael Jordan fan. I loved the Chicago Bulls."
With a brisk touring schedule, Murphy has done well financially. He's no longer scraping by. With his earnings, he was able to buy a five-bedroom house and install a small recording studio.
"It's a kind of country-city place," he said, smiling broadly. "That sort of fits me."
But fame and success have come at a price.
Murphy said, "I've lost friends, I've lost family. They just stopped coming around."
His wife, Jennifer, nodded her head and said the same thing had happened to her. "I've got girlfriends who just stopped coming by, stopped talking to me."
Neither of them are sure why. They don't feel any different than they've always been. They don't think they're really showing off that much, even though, yes, Murphy has had some success.
They're not sure what's scared people off.
Murphy said right after he won "America's Got Talent" in 2011, things got a little crazy. He started making money and, perhaps not surprisingly, people came asking for money.
A lot of them were people Murphy didn't even know.