Below are the Elvis tribute artists who will compete in the Semifinal Round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest during Elvis Week 2022 in Memphis.
Representing the Last Chance Ultimate ETA Contest
Radney Pennington discovered Elvis in 2002 after seeing Legends in Concert. In addition to being an Elvis tribute artist, he is also a lead guitar player, and enjoys repairing vintage instruments. He describes Elvis as “impeccable” and his favorite Elvis song to perform is “First in Line.”
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Representing the Last Chance Ultimate ETA Contest
Victor Trevino Jr. discovered Elvis when learning more about who influenced some of his favorite artists. In addition to being an ETA, he is also a professional singer and actor. He enjoys western collecting and loves his dog. His one word to describe Elvis is “original” and his favorite Elvis song to perform is “One Night.”
Representing the EP Continentals ETA Contest and Festival
Matt has been an Elvis fan since watching John Stamos on “Full House” as a child. Practically an Elvis encyclopedia, Matt loves all things about the king— movies, fashion, and, of course, music. He is a full-time political social media strategist, but his true passion is bringing the king back to life in the most authentic way possible. His favorite Elvis song is "Just Pretend."
Representing the Tupelo Elvis Festival
Brooke is from White House, Tennessee, but currently resides in Nashville. When he is not on stage performing as Elvis, Brooke enjoyes racing, fishing and movies, and he also plays the blues harmonica. His favorite Elvis song is “Danny Boy” and his favorite Elvis song to perform is “I Can’t Stop Loving You.”
Representing the Penticton Elvis Festival
Sylvain is from Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada, and has been an Elvis fan his whole life. Outside of performing, Sylvain is a part-time real estate agent and loves to exercise. He also volunteers for the Make A Wish Foundation and children’s hospitals. His favorite Elvis song is “Unchained Melody” and his favorite Elvis song to perform is “You Gave Me A Mountain.”
Representing the Cooly Rocks On Elvis Festival
Frank is from Perth, Western Australia, and grew up on Elvis. He is a proud father of a two-year old boy, he loves to play the guitar, collect vintage items and work on car restorations. Frank’s favorite Elvis song is “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and his favorite Elvis song to perform is “Suspicious Minds.”
Representing the Lone Star Elvis Festival
Jimmy is from DeMotte, Indiana, and discovered Elvis at a young age when his father first introduced him to his music. Jimmy enjoys playing guitar, sports and fishing, and also is involved with the ONE Foundation that helps fight poverty worldwide. Jimmy’s favorite Elvis song is “We Can Make the Morning” and his favorite Elvis song to perform is “Polk Salad Annie.”
Representing the Niagara Falls Elvis Festival
Bruno discovered Elvis as a child and has been a fan since. His favorite Elvis song is "Impossible Dream," and his favorite Elvis song to perform live is "Suspicious Minds." He often volunteers for children's health organizations. He describes Elvis as "everything."
Representing the Parkes Elvis Festival
Paul Fenech is from Sydney Australia, was born into being an Elvis fan. Elvis music was always playing in his father’s car when he was a kid, and he continues that tradition with his own son. Outside of performing, Paul is also a martial arts instructor. His favorite Elvis song is “Treat Me Nice,” and the word he would use to describe Elvis is “inspirational.”
TIM E. HENDRY
Representing the Branson Elvis Festival
Tim E. Hendry is from Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, where he currently performs at Steven Best’s Smoky Mountain Theatre. Tim's late father, Diamond Jim, inspired him to become an Elvis tribute artist. As a child, Tim spent many hours watching Elvis movies and concerts with his parents. Tim's favorite Elvis song is "How Great Thou Art."
Representing the Nashville Elvis Festival
Michael Chambliss grew up in the small southern town of Purvis, MS. His early musical influences were gospel quartets. After years of traveling with various gospel quartets and country groups, Michael began his Elvis tribute artist career in 2013. Michael’s hobbies outside of entertainment include golf, running and collecting records, plus he was once a champion ping pong player. His favorite Elvis song is “Moody Blue.”
Representing The Elvis FANtasy Fest
Cote Deonath is a Florida native who discovered Elvis at the age of 2 when his grandmother showed him “Follow That Dream” for the first time. Some of Cote’s hobbies include graphic designing, producing festivals and fitness. The one word he uses to describe Elvis is “electric,” and his favorite Elvis song lyric is “There must be lights burning brighter somewhere.” His favorite Elvis song is “How Great Thou Art.”
Representing The Lone Star Elvis Festival (2020)
Cliff Wright is from Branson, Missouri and discovered Elvis while listening to the radio with his parents. Cliff loves music, building guitars and musical history. His favorite Elvis song is “Love Me,” and his favorite Elvis lyric is “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Representing Cooly Rocks On Elvis Festival (2021)
Brendon is from Twizel, New Zealand. In addition to being an Elvis tribute artist, he is also a police officer and was in the military for 20 years. Brendon enjoys singing, gym work and riding his Harley. He discovered Elvis by watching "Aloha from Hawaii" - and his favorite Elvis song is "You Gave Me A Mountain."
* Qualifying Elvis tribute artists from 2020 and 2021 who were unable to travel to Memphis due to COVID-19 travel restrictions will be allowed to compete in the 2022 Ultimate ETA Contest Semifinal Round.