2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Judges Announced

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2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Judges Announced

EPE is excited to announce the judge’s line-up for the 2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

The judges will select the winner of the 2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest based who they feel best represents the legacy of Elvis Presley. They'll evaluate 20 semifinalists in the areas of vocals, appearance, stage presence and overall performance quality.

Tickets for the Semifinal and Final Round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest on August 11 and 13 are still available via Ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or in-person at the Orpheum Box Office.

2016 Ultimate ETA Contest Judges

Halley Phillips

From the time Halley was born in Memphis, she often visited stations owned by her grandfather, Sam Phillips. Sam is best known as ‘The Father of Rock ‘n Roll’ for discovering Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee and others, yet his greatest passion was radio. Unfortunately, Sam died before Halley began her radio career, but his legacy was her inspiration. Thirteen years ago, her father Jerry and uncle Knox gave her the opportunity to work at the family-owned stations in Florence, Alabama. Today, Halley is the Director of Digital Marketing where she supervises website and mobile website marketing and promotions for three radio stations. Additionally, she co-produces the annual Sam Phillips Music Celebration, monthly Muscle Shoals to Music Row ‘live’ show, as well as weekly artist interviews for the stations online video blog. She is a Producer and Partner of Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, and serves on the board of the Muscle Shoals Music Association as well as the Memphis NARAS Chapter. 

David Briggs

David is a keyboardist, record producer, arranger, composer and studio owner. He played his first recording session at 14. Briggs' first session was for James Joiner, and it was while working for Joiner's Tune Records that he met Jerry Carrigan, Norbert Putman and Terry Thompson. The four combined to form the original rhythm section at Rick Hall's Fame Studio, cutting hits on Arthur Alexander, Jimmy Hughes, Tommy Roe, The Tams and others. David’s big break came in 1965 when Floyd Cramer was late to a session with Elvis and Briggs was asked to play. He continued to play on many of Elvis’ legendary recordings in the 1960s and 1970s.  Briggs went on the road with Elvis in 1975 and toured with his band through 1977. In addition to Elvis, Briggs has also worked with artists such as Dean Martin, Joan Baez, Nancy Sinatra, B.B. King, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings, George Harrison, Todd Rundgren, Roy Orbison, The Monkees, J. J. Cale, Kris Kristofferson and many others.

David Fleischman

David was the lead singer for Flash and the Board of Directors, who played extensively throughout the Mid-South in the 1960s and 1970s and did four national tours as the opening act for Paul Revere and the Raiders. His band also played several of Elvis’ New Year’s Eve parties. David has had an extensive career in the record business, including working at Atlantic Records and MCA Records. In 1997, David left MCA and started his own independent promotion company, David Fleischman Promotions which he still runs. David has been involved in the promotion of Abba, AC/DC, Bee Gees, Blues Brothers, Glen Campbell, George Carlin, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Alice Cooper, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Roberta Flack, Foreigner, Genesis, Hall & Oates, B.B. King, Ben E. King, Led Zeppelin, Julian Lennon, Meatloaf, Bette Midler, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Robert Plant, the Rolling Stones, Roxie Music, Rush,  Sister Sledge and many more. In addition, David has held positions with the local chapter of the Recording Academy (NARAS) and sat on the board of the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. In August of 2006, David and partner Jon Scott started AllMemphisMusic.com, an internet radio station playing and supporting Memphis Music.

Joe Petruccio

Joe is a premier entertainment fine art artist.  He has been recognized as "one of the best known celebrity artists in the world" with his work hanging in the collections of Sylvester Stallone, Dickey Betts (Allman Bros), Tiger Woods, and over 75 other celebrities, and he has been featured in the New York Times and on both ESPN and SNY for his sketchbook commentary on each and every NY Mets baseball game. By combining his drawing and painting skills, he has created a fascinating and compelling style all his own and has brought the art of portraits to an entirely new level. He was the first Official Artist for Elvis Presley Enterprises  as well as for Muhammad Ali Enterprises, LLC. Both Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods gave their seal of approval on hand-signed limited editions created from his original artwork, which resulted in his first officially licensed Upper Deck Authenticated pieces. He was chosen by MGM Studios and Sylvester Stallone to create artwork to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of “Rocky.” Past accomplishments include being chosen as an approved artist for the Rock n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, where his sheet music portraits were added to the collections of more than 100 of the biggest rock stars around, including Slash, Joe Walsh, Brett Michaels, Levon Helm, Brian Wilson and others.  

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