Last season's winner, Landau Eugene Murphy, shares rags to riches story
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — When winning "America's Got Talent" also means disappointment for 40 school age kids, victory can be a little bittersweet.
"You're standing on stage with kids, so it was hard to celebrate," said winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., "But they kind of helped me celebrate when they all surrounded me."
Indeed, there've been lots of hugs since the crooner from West Virginia won
back in September.
A million dollars and a Las Vegas show turned around a life that had seen its share of tough times.
"I was homeless, working in a car wash, my band fell apart, I was robbed," said Murphy. "I was at the end of my rope, and you know, and I just picked myself up and went on that show."
That's where Murphy put his own stamp on standards from yesteryear.
Now, he's doing it on a new album released last month entitled, "That's Life."
"No matter what mood I'm in or circumstances I'm under, when I sing those songs I feel a whole lot better," Murphy said.
A feeling Murphy hopes his new album can spread.