Singer Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. took the crown on Wednesday as the Season 6 winner of “America’s Got Talent.”
The singer beat out three finalists to win a $1 million cash prize and a headlining contract in Las Vegas, Nev. at Caesar's Palace in October.
Murphy Jr., a 36-year-old native of Logan W.Va., was formerly employed as a car wash technician at an auto dealer. His soulful voice led him to win “America’s Got Talent” Wednesday night.
Thank you so much for just believing in me, said Murphy, holding back tears. It's been a long, hard journey, ever since I was a kid. And it's finally paying off.
Murphy was the grandson to late Rev. Cecil Murphy, one of the Five Pioneers, leading him to church and Sunday school activities, according to NBC. Murphy was homeless at age nineteen but singing the songs of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye gave him hope to overcome hardships.
I want to place hope back into [society], because it's like people have lost hope in their dreams and desires, Murphy told People. I want to reverse that.
After a special performance of “You’re All I Need” with Patti Labelle Wednesday night, he was crowned the winner.
This could change my life tremendously. I just want to focus on my kids' future and build a house for my family and just live life like we should be living it, Murphy Jr. said moments before winning.
Watch Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. perform My Way:
Special duet with Patti Labelle - You're All I Need