Moments that Change a Life
Those were the words Howie Mandel, judge on “America’s Got Talent” said to contestant Laudau Eugene Murphy, Jr. last night as he belted out a number that brought the house to it’s feet in wild applause.
The 36-year old Murphy, a car washer from West Virginia, looks sort of like a cross between Bob Marley or Milli with a head full of dreads, jeans, finely chiseled features, soulful eyes, a dazzling smile and milk chocolate complexion. An unassuming guy with a nervous, “Oh, gee, shucks,” vibe.
But when the crooner sang he channeled Frank Sinatra. The Rat Pack is back. No joke. It was the essence of Swanky Franky – powerful, throaty and raw, perfect syncopation and silken smooth. The New York City audience roared their approval.
Go ahead and click here now to listen. (And, if you like talent shows, keep watching AGT. I have a strong feeling this dude will go to the top. I predicted country singer Kevin Skinner’s win from his first performance last year.)
Sometimes we have a gift we keep inside us. It can’t bless the world there. Until last night on national television Murphy kept his gift inside acknowledging this was the first time he ever auditioned for anything. He never blessed the world with his talent before. He put it all on the line – in a one minute performance – a one minute excellent adventure. And it paid off. Keep watching Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. because this guy’s got talent.
Overcome with emotion and the adulation of the crowd, Landau wiped away tears afterward. He knew that in that one minute he totally stepped up to his greatness. Judge Piers Morgan said, “You’re emotional because you didn’t know how good you are – and now you do!”
What are you keeping inside?