"I listened to God, and that's how I got on 'America's Got Talent.' He brought me there. Just keep aiming high, and go for it. A lot of people will try to bring you down, but you just have to keep going."
He believes that with proper guidance and good morals anyone in any situation can improve his or her life. Then, they can go on to help others.
"If I've learned one thing, it's do good to your fellow men. You receive what you give," he said. "I don't consider myself having any enemies. I've just always loved everybody.
"I mean I've gotten into a fight before, but we're all human," he added.
Murphy feels that helping youth in any way should be everyone's priority. The youth, he said, are our future.
"I put this music out there for them. The youth is what we'll rely on in the future. A lot of people hold their ideas and knowledge to themselves, and it dies with them. You have to pass on this knowledge and carry that message."
Murphy can't summarize the effect helping kids has had on him. It's indescribable, he said.
"You just feel good," he said. "Like giving money to a homeless man on a street -- he may not use it for the right reasons, but it just feels good to have given him something. You didn't really need those two dollars when you think about it; you were just happy you helped."
To spread hope to others, he said, "You just have to start believing.
"A lot of people will think you can't reach want you dream of, but the truth is you can do anything you set your mind and heart to. We just have to believe in each other."
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