LOGAN, W.Va. -- Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. said his life's low points made him who he is today.
That's why he doesn't view his hardships as a negative. He said he believes everything happens for a reason.
As he celebrates the release of his new Christmas album and the kickoff of his Christmas tour, Murphy remembers where he came from and said he hopes he can continue to help people through his singing career.
"I was homeless," Murphy said. "I was at a point where I didn't know where my next meal was going to come from and I didn't think anyone cared."
Music always has been an important part of Murphy's life. Murphy recalled his life before winning America's Got Talent, remembering when he used to sing to pass the time working as a car washer. He also remembered when his band fell apart and he was unsure of what was going to happen next.
"What do I do with my music? And right at that moment, God spoke to me in plain English and said, 'All you need is a bigger stage. Now, go find it.' I questioned that. Where's that bigger stage? And right at that moment, Howie Mandel comes on my mother-in-law's TV screen asking, 'Are you the next winner of America's Got Talent?' I said that's the show."
And the rest is history.
Since his win, Murphy has been busy creating new albums and writing his book.
Recently, Murphy celebrated the release of his Christmas album, "Christmas Made for Two." The album is something that has been on the backburner for the last few years, but Murphy said he wanted to make sure it was just right before sending it out to his fans.
"I tried to get in the studio last year and the year before to make this Christmas CD," Murphy said. "But every time we got there, we just weren't in the Christmas spirit. You know, my big band was playing and I was like, 'This isn't swinging. This doesn't feel like Christmas.' I wanted to give them something they could be proud of."
Murphy said once he felt the music take him back to his own childhood Christmas memories, he knew it was right.
For his next album, he's trying something new. Murphy said he recently got back from LA, where he was working on a CD that explores several genres. He also tells fans to be on the lookout for a gospel album.
"There are two originals I put on there myself," he said, referring to his mix-genre CD. "I'm proud of that."
His Christmas tour also has kept him busy. The first stop was in Ripley where the West Virginia Kids Choir sang beside him.