WINNER Indie Book Awards Best Inspirational Book
Gold Mom’s Choice Award
Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention
Gold Readers’ Favorite International Book Award
New York Book Festival Honorable Mention
In 2011, the nation watched an American Jazz singer from the coalfields of West Virginia rise to the top of a talent competition on NBC. The story of Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is more than a rags-to-riches story of some singer who won a reality show-it’s a story of faith, hope, destiny, and dreams. To many people, Landau is the young man with dreadlocks who sings like Sinatra, but the story to be told is that of someone who is a hardworking man of enduring faith. When you’re finished reading this book, you’ll discover, along with having a great voice, Landau is a world-class human being.
What People Say
“America’s Got Talent Winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr is a truly inspirational and gripping memoir that reminds us all it is never too late to follow your dreams. Landau’s incredible rags to riches story is a must read for everyone who fell in love with him on America’s Got Talent.” –Sean Daly, AGTNews.com
“As a West Virginian, it was a very proud and emotional moment to watch Landau win America’s Got Talent; my family was pulling for him all the way from California. I’m so pleased that Landau is living his dream; a true American success story. I wish him continued success.”– NBA legend Jerry West
“Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. performances on America’s Got Talent not only brought joy to West Virginians, but to people all over the nation. He is a true West Virginian and I’m proud of him.” –West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
“Everywhere Landau has performed, he’s left the audience speechless with his charisma and singing style. It’s a real honor to represent this incredibly talented, humble artist.” -legendary talent agent Ken Dicamillo, VP William Morris Endeavor NYC
“It was my pleasure to meet and work with Landau on his debut album That’s Life. Every time he steps up to the microphone the audiences go crazy for my friend’s unique style. He knows what he wants say and he knows how to deliver it HIS WAY!!”-Steve Tyrell, Grammy award-winning producer and performer. Oversaw production of Landau’s That’s Life CD for Columbia Records
“Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. is the complete package: talent, personality, character, class and humility, the ingredients for longevity. His sound is clean, pure and rich, but don’t get it twisted âï¿½ï¿½ he’s got R&B chops as well. He’s very versed in his art and that should serve him well in years to come.” — Glenn Leonard, former lead singer of The Temptations
Love his story
November 7, 2015
Love his story!! I absolutely love Landau and dare say he is now my favorite artist. His voice is ethereal and his talent boundless. His story is so inspiring and wonderful! Had the privilege to see him in NYC and he was stellar. Stayed around and spoke to his fans, a real gentleman who radiates joy. Love him! Excellent book!!!
Grace C. Walkeron –
Perfection intersection where life meets destiny
April 27, 2014
At the moment he began to sing at the audition for America’s Got Talent, he was destined for Superstardom. Landau Murphy is more than the rags to riches, or from car washer to celebrated winner of 2011 America’s got Talent. The book written by Rick Robinson is not nuanced with the author’s inking. Landau’s voice and tone and feelings and sentiments are shared with rich and truthful authenticity.
In the devastation of loss and desperation after all his earthly belongings were stolen, he found his way to NYC for the AGT auditions on sheer conviction that his destiny must be fulfilled. Whether he believed that he had the talent to win, or that he would even make it to the first rounds of auditions, he took a giant leap of faith.
The book captures the simplicity, and the raw story of a person, sidelined and sidetrack by family challenges, obscured in the muddle of life’s roadblocks and human complications, but was seated in his passion to overcome the odds.
It took me 1 day to read the book. I was even more enthralled by the inner soul of Landau. Not only is he a credible and talented entertainer, he personifies all the gifts of character, humility and generous loyalty. Rick Robinson gave us an exemplary record of the Landau Eugene Murphy Jr who not only won AGT, but won our hearts through the echoes of Frank Sinatra’s MY Way..and Landau did it his Way.