BY ALISE CHAFFINS
When Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. auditioned for “America’s Received Expertise,” he had simply been robbed and had virtually nothing to his title. His win in 2011 modified his life, and now he does all the things he can to vary the lives of others in his dwelling state of West Virginia. A method that he does that’s together with his annual Residence for the Holidays tour, coming at present at 7 p.m. to Robinson Grand Performing Arts Heart in Clarksburg.
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Murphy stated he does these excursions to present people in his dwelling a state an opportunity to see him carry out — and get out to do one thing particular for the vacations.
That is the thirteenth annual tour and Murphy is happy about its connection to the Children Pleasure Toy Drive. A hyperlink on his web site will take guests to Amazon to buy a toy for an underprivileged baby. The value on the toys vary from $1 to $20 and Murphy delivers them himself.
On stage, Murphy will probably be joined by Kamron Lawson, a younger man from Beckley who was a contestant on this yr’s “American Idol.” Murphy emphasised that Lawson was not a gap act, however relatively part of the present.
“My purpose for him is to have enjoyable and to see the chances,” Murphy stated. “See the chances in each dream and purpose he’s ever had and truly obtain it. He’s a part of the present simply as a lot as I’m.”
Lawson wowed the “American Idol” judges and audiences together with his soulful voice and effervescent disposition.
When requested what he hopes to do following this tour, Lawson stated he desires to create an EP and have some reveals of his personal, however he doesn’t wish to be so future-focused that he forgets to be within the second.
“I wish to simply get pleasure from it and see all the stunning smiles on individuals’s faces,” he stated.
When he was working at Walmart, individuals would typically inform him his singing made their day.
“That makes me really feel good,” he would inform them in return. “Thanks for feeling good due to one thing that I did. Now my day is made as a result of your day is made.”
This tour is offered by West Virginia Grownup Training, a corporation Murphy help, and he encourages anybody who was unable to graduate to talk with a WVAE staffer on the occasion.
“In the event you didn’t obtain it at the moment, there are all the time alternatives,” he stated. “Swallow your delight like I did and return to high school. As a result of it was the most effective feeling ever to cross that diploma to my mom.”
No matter your motive for attending the live performance, Murphy and Lawson are excited to share a slate of conventional Christmas carols with everybody within the viewers.
“It’s going to be enjoyable,” Murphy stated. “We’re going to have a superb time and everyone’s going to like it. Come out, get pleasure from your self, and get within the Christmas spirit.”