Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., was ecstatic and not speechless. He held back tears to say this as the audience screamed and clapped.
"Thank you so much for just believing in me. It's been a long, hard journey ever since I was a kid. And it's finally paying off."
The New York Daily News
reports that his rich voice and mild-mannered persona wowed the judges and the voting audience all season.
He beat three other performers who also appeared on the final show. These included The Silhouettes, a huge group, which included performers aged 3 to 19 years old from Arvada, Colo., that used shadow dancing to illustrate music. The group was wildly popular as well, but couldn't beat Murphy.
Viewers cast their votes after Tuesday's final show, during which Murphy sang Frank Sinatra's "My Way." On Wednesday's broadcast, after the votes were in, Murphy performed "You're All I Need to Get By" in a duet with famous soul singer Patti LaBelle.
As part of his "America's Got Talent" win, he will provide a headline performance in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace next month.