Elvis Presley Enterprises' First Ever Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist
The Closest Thing to the King in Concert
As seen on the David Letterman Show, Winner of BBC TV’s ‘World’s Greatest Elvis’, Elvis Presley Enterprises ‘First Ever’ Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist and HBO’s Elvis in Vinyl.
Born and raised in the small coal-mining town of Pittston, Pennsylvania, Shawn’s love for music led him to begin imitating his musical idol, Elvis Presley. He performed in the famous Poconos region followed by a tour of Canada where he entered and won the $5,000.00 prize in the “Worldwide Elvis Competition” in Montreal. This caught the attention of the award winning Las Vegas show, “Legends in Concert” where for many years he starred as ‘Elvis’ in their Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas, Branson and Atlantic City show rooms. Each January he stars in the “Elvis Tribute Artist Spectacular Birthday Edition Tour.”, an extravaganza with Elvis’ own musicians, singers, and friends, in major venues in multiple cities.
Shawn has released 5 CDs. He has performed with Elvis’ closest friends, musicians and singers such as JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, The Jordanaires, The Imperials, DJ Fontana, Charlie Hodge, Jerry Scheff, The Sweet Inspirations, Joe Guercio, Jerry Schilling and Joe Esposito. He portrayed Elvis in the hit TV miniseries “Shake, Rattle and Roll” which aired on CBS and VH1.
On Elvis’ 70th Birthday, Shawn became grand champion at the $25,000.00 “World Elvis Tribute Artist Competition”. He then received “The Peoples Choice Award” from Gibson Guitar Co in Nashville for “Best Concert Elvis”. Shawn was then named the “World’s Greatest Elvis” by 6.5 million international viewers on BBC1 Television in the United Kingdom. Finally, on August 16th, on the 30th anniversary of Elvis’ passing, Shawn was named the ‘First Ever’ “Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist” by Elvis Presley Enterprises in Memphis TN. Shawn has record breaking performances in the US, Switzerland, Canada Australia, the UK and South America. He was named "Worldwide Ambassador of Elvis" at the Las Vegas Hilton where he headlines the annual the Las Vegas Elvis Fest, celebrating Elvis’ historic Las Vegas Performances.
Shawn was a featured performer on the Late Show with David Letterman performing to over 5 million viewers with the entire CBS Orchestra on Network Television and just portrayed Elvis in the new HBO TV hit series called Vinyl produced by Martin Scorsese and Mic Jagger.
Shawn Klush is “The Closest Thing to the King in Concert” www.shawnklush.com
Cody Ray Slaughter is hailed as one of the most talented, young Actors, Singer and Elvis Tribute Artist in the country. Born and raised in Harrison, Arkansas, gateway to the beautiful Ozark Mountains, Cody Slaughter began entertaining at the young age of 13. A true Southern boy, Cody’s true passion for Elvis’ music and memory has directed his career path.
Cody has performed all across the country as well as in many theaters in Branson, MO, such as Tony Roi’s Elvis Experience, Legends In Concert, 50’s At The Hop and The Liverpool Legends as well as in Pigeon Forge, TN where Cody was the featured entertainer at The Tennessee Shindig for over a year at the young age of 17. Cody also appeared on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16”. Slaughter has been performing at special events, corporate functions, and entertainment venues throughout the United States. His uncanny portrayal of Elvis Presley exhibits his amazing love for who he calls, “the greatest entertainer of all time”. In Oct 2011, Cody took on the roll of Elvis Presley in the road tour of the hit theatrical production ‘The Million Dollar Quartet’.
Cody Slaughter, the 21 year old singing sensation, has the raw talent and passion that Elvis himself exibitied when he first started. Excited fans have crowned Cody the new ‘Prince of Rock and Roll’.
2013 Musical Guest on The Late Show with David Letterman
2011-Present Starring as Elvis Presley in Million Dollar Quartet
2009-2010 Star of “ELVIS STORY” in Quebec,Canada Licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises
2008 ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST *Presented by ELVIS PRESLEY ENTERPRISES
2006 Starred in the “Tupelo Elvis Festival: 50th Anniversary of Elvis” Tupelo,MS,USA
2005 Debut at “The Stardust Caisno” in Las Vegas,NV,USA
2002 Images Of Elvis World Champion
Performed with Original members of Elvis Presleys’ group such as: The Jordanaires, The Sweet Inspirations, & D.J. Fontana
Opened for large market acts such as : Neil McCoy, Chuck Berry, Ronnie Milsap, Joe Stampley, Leroy Parnell, & Diamond Rio
Featured on National Television on such shows as: The NBC Nightly News , American Hot Rod, The Ricki Lake Show, Rosie O’Donnel, WGN, and ESPN.
Promoted Reeses Peanut Butter & Banana Cups in New York,NY,USA for The Hershey Candy Company
Produces his own show titled “Elvis My Way” which has received rave reviews in The United States Casino and Theater Industry Coast To Coast Since 2002.
Bill has been performing Elvis since 1989 and has always been a fan of Elvis. He grew up listening to his music, watching his movies and singing along with him on records. Bill feels that as a tribute artist, he can help keep Elvis' memory alive.
In August of 2010, Elvis Presley Enterprises held a contest in Memphis and invited the top Elvis tribute artists from around the world. Justin came in first place and Graceland named him the "World's Ultimate Elvis!" He is the only Elvis Tribute artist to make the front page of USA Today, and was recently featured in an issue of French Vogue magazine.
Justin is an international sensation having performed in England, Australia, Chile, Malaysia, the Fiji islands, and several tours to Canada and Sweden.
Ben lives in a small village in England called Walthan St. Lawrence. He enjoys spending time with friends and writing songs. He first heard Elvis as a young boy while riding in his dad’s car. His dad had a guitar so he picked it up, learned some chords and started to play and sing along to Elvis’ music. Ben was excited to be in Memphis competing in the Ultimate ETA Contest and entertaining Elvis fans.
Dean saw Elvis on TV when he was three years old. After that, he cleared off the coffee table in the living room and started dancing and singing. His mom had a jumpsuit made for him and he performed “Jailhouse Rock” at his sister’s school talent show. At the show, he sang along to Elvis’ record and every time he shook, the crowd would scream. At that moment, he was hooked. At age 17, Dean moved to Las Vegas to reach toward his goal of establishing himself as a well-known act. He is honored to be a part of the Ultimate ETA Contest and admires all the ETAs who have gone on to win the contest.
With amazing accuracy, Stephen delivers an astonishing high-energy stage performance mastering the look, sound, vocal dexterity, and mannerisms of the King of Rock & Roll. His exquisite styling, superb musicianship and ability to successfully capture an authentic portrayal of Elvis Presley has endeared him to audiences everywhere. Covering Elvis' entire career Stephen successfully recreates the early Sun Studio recordings, through to the army, movie, '68 Comeback, and explosive concert years.
Truly an international talent Stephen has traveled to Hong Kong, Bangkok, and China. His vocal and visual performance's have placed him along side Elvis Presley's inner circle of musician's, the great D.J. Fontana, the legendary Jordanaires, 1970's bassist Jerry Sheff, and the soulful singing trio the Sweet Inspirations. Recognized for his talents Stephen was honored to entertain guests from Elvis Presley's musical past at the Eleventh Annual Elvis Presley Memorial Dinner and was a featured guest at Elvis Presley Enterprises "Memories of Elvis" review in Memphis, Tennessee presented by Elvis International Forum the Magazine. Commemorating the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's passing Stephen returned to Memphis as a featured performer for the 2007 production "The Spirit of the King" concert an endorsed Elvis Presley Enterprises event.
Featured in theatres, and television shows across North American, Stephen has directed, co-produced, and produced his own sold-out concert productions to over whelming success. Always striving to be The Very Best Stephen's company TVB Productions has recently completed the multi camera high definition filming of "Live and the Rose" an incredible live performance capturing the essence of Stephen and his extraordinary 14 member ensemble in concert. “Live and the Rose” is due for release later this year.
In 1998 Rick performed as a solo act at the Alahambra Theatre in Aruba. He played nightly to a full house for a month. Upon his return to the states, Rick began performing with "tracks". Most clubs and dinner houses request the track shows. His audience appreciates Rick's close interaction with them. For larger venues and festivals Rick performs with a live band.
Music came naturally to Rick in many forms. As well as singing, Rick mastered guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, sitar and more. This talent led him to song writing. To date he has written countless songs and produced ten cd's. His 1978 album, "Heaven Was Blue" all original music is now a rare collector's album and is sought after worldwide.
"Memphis, I'm Coming Home" was written in 1998. This cd is now in its' second printing. The Jordanaires sing background on several songs. Their voices and Rick's writing style gives this cd a heavy Elvis feel.
"History Making, Country Shaking" is the newest cd written by Rick, released in 2006. This time "The Ambassadors" joined him in the studio.
Fans enjoy the balance between Rick's impeccable Elvis style as well as his own original talent he incorporates into his shows.
In 2002, Rick sang the National Anthem for the Chicago White Sox.
His creative talents have not gone unnoticed. He was voted "Best Male Entertainer" in the readers' poll of the Suburban Nitelife Magazine in 2001. In 2003 he was awarded "Best Solo Performer", again by the readers of Suburban Nitelife Magazine. Rick was again voted "Best Solo Performer" by Suburban Nitelife Magazine for 2006.
Rick stays busy writing, recording and performing over one hundred shows a year for clubs, privates, theatres and festivals.
After leaving the Air Force in 1987, Doug continued his act around the Midwest. In 1990, he competed in the fourth annual Worldwide Elvis Impersonator Contest in Memphis, Tennessee against Elvis entertainers from all over the world. He took home the second place prize for only his first time in this competition. The following year, Doug returned to Memphis to capture the first place crown as "The World’s Best Elvis Impersonator." In 1993, after a successful audition with Legends In Concert (a musical entertainer venue based in Las Vegas, Nevada) he started touring the country and the world. Doug has performed in such exotic locations as: Bangkok, Hong Kong, Aruba, The Bahamas, Moscow, France, The United Kingdom, and Denmark.
In 1999, Doug starred in and performed soundtrack vocals for the award winning documentary film "Almost Elvis." Doug still works with Legends in Concert from time to time, but prefers to freelance and do the shows that won him acclaim throughout the Midwest. It may be hard to imagine how anyone could possibly duplicate 70 different voice personalities with perfection, but Doug Church can! He has awed his audiences for 19 years, leaving them totally mesmerized and shaken- by one of those voices in particular- that of Elvis Presley! Doug’s voice has been acknowledged by his peers as being the closest to "The King’s."
His career is going stronger than ever, with his fans keeping him pretty busy entertaining from Vegas through the Midwest, and now to the East Coast. His recording career is sky rocketing with the release of new albums.
His future parallels a shooting star on the horizon of success. He is, and will forever remain, a hot commodity. All over the world people have closed their eyes and been rapt with Doug Church.
***May it please be noted that Doug Church prefers to be recognized as an "Elvis Tribute Artist", rather than an "impersonator." Though the distinction may not seem grand, Doug performs each and every show as a tribute out of respect for "The King," not to imitate or impersonate the greatest legend of all time. Thank you for your understanding!***
Dwight performs 4-5 shows weekly and he keeps the audiences asking for more. Born four years after the King passed away, Dwight has studied every move that Elvis made and has mastered the 50's, 60's, and 70's eras of Elvis' career. He has performed all over the United States and is planning to perform across the world soon.
He's had the opportunity to share the stage with some personal friends of Elvis including: DJ Fontana, The Jordanaires, The Sweet Inspirations, Cynthia Pepper, Julie Parrish, Charlie Hodge, and Joe Esposito.
Dwight is recognized for his good looks and his amazing voice that has sometimes even been mistaken for Elvis himself. He continues to awe audiences of all ages and his fans enjoy him both on and off stage. He wishes to continue using his amazing talent to keep the memory of Elvis alive for many more generations to come. Dwight says that he considers it a dream come true to have such a wonderful job and having the opportunity to meet such wonderful people!
Most recently Dwight was crowned champion of the first ever Heart of the King Fans' Festival and Contest. He competed against the top Elvis Tribute Artists in the world on the very stage that Elvis made famous in the Las Vegas Hilton.
In 2010, Kevin was awarded 2rd place in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, Tennessee. Kevin has been equally active in Film and Television. Respected in the industry he has appeared in dozens of high profile productions including several television and acting roles. Highlights and extra credits include, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition, 48 Hours, ABC Primetime, Geraldo Rivera, The Relic Hunter, Fox Television and CNN. Most notably his starring role and lead performance in Elvis: The Beginning on A&E.
Through the years, Kevin’s hard work and dedication, coupled with his acquired skill and technique, have gained him well deserved acclaim. Kevin’s success reflects not only his accomplishments and beliefs, but also his incredible love for life and entertaining.