WANT TO GO?
Classic Christmas Crooners Tour, featuring the former lead vocalists from The Temptations, The Platters and The Drifters:
- 7 p.m. Friday at the Madison Civic Center, 261 Washington Ave. Tickets: $10, $25 or $50.
- 7 p.m. Saturday at Wyoming East High School, 260 Warrior Way, New Richmond. Tickets: $30 and $50.
- 7 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center, 3 Armory Way. Tickets: $25, $30 and $50.
- 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Paramount Arts Center, 1300 Winchester Ave., Ashland, Ky. Tickets: $25, $30 and $35.
- 8 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Eastern Kentucky Expo Center, 126 Main St., Pikeville, Ky. Tickets: $18 and $23.
- 6 p.m. Dec. 27 and 28 at Tamarack, off Exit 45 on I-77/64, Beckley. Tickets: $35 and $50.
Book and CD signings
- 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Budget Records & Tapes, 3708 MacCorkle Ave. S.E.
- 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at Danville Little General, 30 Ramsey Road.
- 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Chapmanville Little General Store, 100 Airport Road
- 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 19 at Tamarack.
- 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 20 at Adams Hallmark in the Huntington Mall
Visit www.landaumurphyjr.com to purchase concert tickets or for more information.
_____CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Still trying to find your holiday spirit and the perfect gifts? You can do both at the same time and also help the Children's Home Society of West Virginia, a non-profit child welfare organization that benefits foster children and encourages their adoption.
"America's Got Talent" 2011 winner and West Virginia native Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. recently released a new CD, "Christmas Made For Two," and his autobiography, "From Washing Cars to Hollywood Star." The album, his first Christmas record, has a special limited edition release benefiting the Children's Home Society of West Virginia, which Murphy has supported for the past decade.
"I was not nervous when I sang on 'America's Got Talent' because I had performed so many times to benefit the Children's Home Society," he said.
To further help everyone get their jolly on, Murphy will perform several concerts in the area in the next two weeks on his Classic Christmas Crooners Tour. He will perform with the former lead vocalists of The Temptations, The Platters and The Drifters.
The jet-setting yet down-to-earth Murphy also just returned from a concert in New York City on Dec. 2 and four concerts in Shanghai, China on Dec. 6 and 7. In November, he was in the studio in Los Angeles, working on his next album, which has two new original songs he co-wrote with arrangers Bill Meyers and Dapo Torimiro.
Murphy is hoping to see West Virginia families with multiple generations represented at his upcoming concerts. He says that his shows are fun and "totally G-rated."
"I want West Virginians to come to my shows and see me in person, not just on TV," he said. "Our shows are a whole lot of fun. I want everyone to come out with their kids and grandkids.
"We need to keep our kids here in West Virginia. It's truly God's country, and I'm never leaving West Virginia. Come shake my hand, give me a hug and show me some of that West Virginia love.
"This album is the best way for me to pay homage to my state and the people I love," he noted. "I feel blessed every day.