“America’s Got Talent” winner is coming to P’burg in early October
Over 100 sold out concerts across three continents, from Caesars Palace to the Apollo Theater and all points in between. A debut CD from a Grammy winning producer that hit the top of the Billboard charts. More than a million dollars raised for children’s and homeless charities via his holiday CD and personal appearances. Performing duets with childhood heroes Patti Labelle and Glenn Leonard, the former lead vocalist from The Temptations. An international television audience of over 100 million touched by his amazing life story. And it all started in a very small town with a man who possessed a big dream and an even bigger voice.
In November 2011, Landau released his Columbia Records debut album “That’s Life.” The CD hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz chart in time for Christmas and was produced by Grammy winner Steve Tyrell, who also helmed Rod Stewart’s Great American Songbook album. Landau soon hit the road for his first ever tour, backed by an 18-piece big band, selling out performing arts centers, casinos, and theaters all over America. It was a dream come true for the always humble, gracious vocalist, who insisted that he come out after every show to meet his fans for photos and conversation. “Without them, I wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t be anywhere.”
But all of his success hasn’t made Landau forget his roots. He was born in the Mountain State of West Virginia and continues to live there rather than move to entertainment industry hubs like Los Angeles or New York. “West Virginia will always be my home,” says Landau, “and home and family are the most important thing in the world to me. I can always fly out to LA or New York for work, but being here in West Virginia helps keep me humble and grounded. I’m just very fortunate to be living my dream.” In between tour dates and appearances across the country, Landau enjoys spending time at his modest home tucked away in the West Virginia hills. “I’ve got my little home studio, plenty of room for my family and a big beautiful mountain behind me. I’m so thankful to God everyday for giving me these blessings, and a bigger stage to perform on.”
Landau comes home to West Virginia
2015 Spirit of the Coalfields Award
Landau will be honored as this year's winner of the Spirit of the Coalfields Award as part of the 2015 Miner's Celebration event Thrusday, Oct. 1, at Tamarack WV. Miners, community members and others connected with the state's coal mining industry will gather at Tamarack for a gala reception and dinner to celebrate the past, present and future of the West Virginia's coal mining enterprise and to recognize those who play a role in it's success. The Miner's Celebration gala will begin at 5:00 p.m., with a free reception in the Tamarack atrium.
Concert at Tamarack
The following evening, Friday night October 2, Landau and his Big Band will perform a special "Rocket Boys Reunion" concert at the Tamarack Theater. The show starts at 8:00 p.m., following a 6:00 p.m. screening of October Sky, that will feature live appearances by Hickman and the Rocket Boys, Roy Lee Cooke, O'Dell Carroll and Billy Rose.
Landes Arts Center, Oct. 3rd, 7 p.m., Petersburg, WV
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