Martha Sparks Society Editor
August 15, 2013
America’s Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. will be performing at the Harris Riverfront Park in Huntington this Sat., Aug., 17, and will be joined by a very special guest.
In conjunction with The Huntington Symphony Orchestra’s Picnic with the Pops concert series, Landau will be performing with former lead vocalist for Motown’s legendary Temptations Glenn Leonard and the Huntington Symphony Orchestra.
Leonard joined the group in 1975 and was the first tenor to front The Temptations, remaining with the Motown hit makers through 1983. He recorded 10 albums with the group, toured the world and was the featured lead vocalist on the Temps version of the Christmas classic “Silent Night”, which he recently re-recorded as a duet with Murphy. Benjamin J. Cain Jr. portrayed Leonard in the 1998 biographical television mini-series The Temptations.
Today, Leonard travels with his own group, The Temptations Revue, and as a member of Leonard, Coleman and Blunt, featuring former lead vocalists of the Temptations, The Platters and The Drifters.
Possessing a smooth, baritone voice reminiscent of the Rat Pack luminaries he greatly admires, Landau began recording his debut album “That’s Life” alongside Grammy-winning producer Steve Tyrell shortly after winning the 6th season of America’s Got Talent. Upon its release in December 2011, “That’s Life” debuted at number one on the Billboard jazz charts and in the top 40 overall. Since then, Murphy has appeared on dozens of national television and radio programs and toured the world to sell out audiences. He returned earlier this week from a string of sold out shows and media appearances in Beverly Hills and Hollywood.
Tickets can be purchased at Mug and Pia (Most Unique Gifts and Paper Items Anywhere) and Simply Whisk in downtown Huntington as well as online at www.huntingtonsymphony.org.
Tables are already sold out, but a limited number of reserved seats and general admission tickets are still available.