As a kid, I didn’t feel like I fit in with others because I always listened to 50’s and 60’s music. My mother loved all types of music so I was influenced by artists such as Elvis, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Conway Twitty, Barry White, Doris Day, Dion & the Belmonts and others. So as you can see, I like everything with soul and feel when it comes to music.
Growing up, I remember listening to Elvis singing Kentucky Rain and In the Ghetto. I was a dreamer and would imagine myself on stage performing and thought, “If only I had the opportunity, I know I would sing with heart.” I was told if you don’t feel what you are singing, you can’t expect an audience to respond to what you are singing.
As a teen, my friends and I would try to mimic the Doo Wop groups from the 50’s. I remember when, in my late teens, I got my first guitar and played it ‘til my fingers bled.
As time went on, I went through a lot of growing pains with music. The toughest part was always trying to find the right group of people that could understand what I was looking for in music. Most people couldn’t feel the soul and quality from the artists I grew up listening to. I played drums for many years and the opportunity finally came to get out from behind the drums and perform an Elvis Tribute show. When I put on my first jumpsuit it felt right and there was a feeling of transformation that’s indescribable. I went from watching Elvis to portraying and singing his songs on stage.
I thank Adonai, my God, for giving me the ability to do what I am doing. Without Him I am nothing. And thank you to all my fans. Without you, it would all be for naught. I strive to give you 100% at all my shows. I’ve made many friends and Elvis fans alike. I’ve done shows and been to places I never would have dreamed of if not for Elvis and all of you.
My dreams of being on stage and performing have become a reality. I am married to a beautiful woman who loves me and supports me through it all. I have a hard working and supportive fan club committee who are a tremendous group of people to work with. And I would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all of you who are fans that attend my shows.
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