AGT winner Landau Murphy earns high school equivalency diploma

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FILE – In this June 29, 2014 file photo, Jazz singer Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. sings the National Anthem before the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays baseball game, in Baltimore. The America’s Got Talent” winner put his down time during the coronavirus pandemic to good use, earning his high school equivalency diploma 30 years after dropping out. With his road performances eliminated by the virus shutdown, the singer took online classes during the spring and summer. (AP Photo/Gail Burton, File)

LOGAN, W.Va. (AP) — “America’s Got Talent” winner Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. has put his down time during the coronavirus pandemic to good use.

The native of Logan, West Virginia, has earned his high school equivalency diploma 30 years after dropping out. With his road performances eliminated by the virus shutdown, the singer took online classes during the spring and summer.

Murphy dropped out of school in the 11th grade, a decision that haunted him for years.

In 2011, Murphy’s smooth renditions of Frank Sinatra hits helped earn him $1 million, his own Las Vegas show and a recording contract when he won the NBC talent show.

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