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Next Best Thing to THE KING”
Edwards’ admiration and appreciation of Elvis Presley began at an early age.
His mama recalls how he tried to dance to Elvis’ records even before he could
walk. By the age of five, Donny was so passionate about Elvis that he pushed his
grandmother’s hand away from the radio dial as she attempted to change the
station while “Hound Dog” was playing. Little did he know that his devotion
would lead him to a beloved career, paying tribute to one of the greatest
musical artists in history.
Edwards is an international, multi-award winning Elvis tribute artist. Today, he
is one of the most sought after performers in the business, bringing his show to
stages in casinos, theaters/venues, fairs/festivals, corporate/special events,
cruises and production shows, all over the world. He is a versatile performer
with the ability to re-enact each era of Elvis’ life and career. His dynamic
performance will take you back to the 1950’s and the early years of rock n’
roll, getting you “all shook up”, all over again.
Then you’ll go on a ride through the 1960’s, from Elvis’ biggest
hit movies to the famous black leather “68 Comeback Special”. Finally
you’ll revisit the legendary Las Vegas years of the 1970’s as Donny
recreates the performances that made Elvis the one and only “King of Rock n’
his career, Donny has had the opportunity to work beside many of the original
musicians that performed with Elvis Presley himself. He’s worked with the
Jordanaires, The Sweet Inspirations, DJ Fontana, Charlie Hodge and Bob Moore.
Donny has also had the pleasure of working with Elvis’ inner circle such as
Sonny West, Al Dvorin, Charles Stone and Ed Bonja. Elvis Presley Enterprises and
CKX have hired Donny for tribute shows, TV spots and corporate events, many
times over the years. Donny has also performed private parties for celebrities
such as Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the NASCAR family, Marie Osmond, Bill Medley of
the Righteous Bros. and Elvis’ friends and co-stars, Jimmy Velvet (Elvis’
friend and recording artist), Darlene Thompkins (Elvis’ co-star in Blue
Hawaii) and Cynthia Pepper (Elvis’ co-star in Kissin’ Cousins).
Not only is Donny known for his riveting live performances, but he has also
appeared in numerous TV shows and ads, including ABC’s Monday Night
Football, MTV’s Viva La Bam, CBS’s The Young and The Restless,
ABC’s The Next Best Thing and a handful of Elvis character TV ads in
the UK, Europe and Australia including “Kingsmill Bread”.
his professional accomplishments, Donny was the star performer at Las Vegas’
famous “Elvis-A-Rama” museum and showroom for 3 years before it closed its
doors in 2006. He has appeared on the cover of two published books about Elvis
tribute artists and is also a 2-time world champion of two of the biggest Elvis
contests ever, at Isle of Capri and Potawatomi Casino in 2006 and 2007. Donny
also finished in the top 3 in the “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” contest
held in Memphis, Tennessee for 3 years in a row in 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Edwards maintains a performance of remarkable authenticity. His humility, charm
and southern manner, coupled with his uncanny sound and appearance, will make
you feel as if you are watching “The King”, himself.
Donny's Press Conference in Santiago Chile 07
Donny Performing Live
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