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Just announced as part of the fall performance season, “America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. will take the Clay Center stage Saturday, December 3 at 8 p.m. The Logan native was awarded the show’s top prize in September after a string of impressive performances of Rat Pack favorites like Dean Martin’s “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head?” and Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
A 37-year-old father of four who was washing cars to support his family, Landau captured the hearts of the American public with his down-to-earth nature and incredible voice. After winning $1 million and a headline show at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Landau said his greatest rewards were making his family proud and inspiring hope in others who struggled to follow their dreams.

Clay Center President and CEO Judy Wellington said hosting Landau’s first performance in his home state is an honor for the organization.

“We are excited to bring in a local artist who has represented the state so well on a national stage and used his remarkable talent to find great success in the arts,” she said. “So many people have requested that we try to get him, and we’re just thrilled to be able to bring him to the community. This show will be a homecoming for Landau and an opportunity for his fans to see him perform at a local venue without the expense of traveling across the country.”

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be used to fund educational field trips for Logan County students to the Clay Center between January 2012 and the end of the school year.

Landau’s first album, “That’s Life,” is set to be released Nov. 21. The record will include timeless classic songs like “My Way,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “I’ve Got the World on a String” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

This performance is sponsored by BB&T and Mike Ferrell Toyota, the Logan County dealership at which Landau worked.

Clay Center Presents Fall 2011 season ticket holders can buy tickets for Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $25, $30 and $45 and can be purchased online at www.theclaycenter.org, in person at the Clay Center box office or by phone at 304-561-3570. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the BB&T in Logan and Mike Ferrell Toyota in Chapmanville Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.