More Guests Added to Elvis Week 2016 Line-Up

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More Guests Added to Elvis Week 2016 Line-Up

Elvis Week is just around the corner and we are excited to announce a long list of new guest additions who will be part of this special week celebrating Elvis in Memphis. Our new guests just added to the line-up include:

  • Actor Christopher Riordan will share his memories of working with Elvis on films like "Viva Las Vegas," "Spinout" and "Clambake" at the Conversations on Elvis panel on August 15.
  • Estelle Brown of The Sweet Inspirations and Ray Walker of The Jordainaires, who both performed and recorded with Elvis, will share their memories of Elvis at the Official Graceland Insiders Conference on August 14. Joining them is Barbara Sims, who worked at Sun Studio from 1957-1960 and is the author of "The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records."
  • Sony Music's Ernst Jorgensen, Roger Semon and John Jackson will talk about Elvis' breakout year of 1956 during Elvis 101 on August 12. In addition, a Sony panel will be on hand to talk about the newest Elvis release, "Way Down In The Jungle Room," scheduled for release on August 5.
  • Memphis musician Brandon Cunning will wow the crowd with Memphis sounds at the Sound & Soul of Memphis concert on August 12.
  • In addition, fans will get the latest updates from Memphis from our online hosts: Memphis Jones returns as our online host, Dean Z will host updates about the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and journalist Jon Waterhouse will be our Elvis Week guest blogger providing daily blogs about events in Memphis.

Learn more about our just announced special guests belowClick here to see a list of all of our Elvis Week 2016 special guests.

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Special GUESTS

Ray Walker

The Official Graceland Insiders Conference

Ray Walker began singing bass in The Jordanaires in 1958. He and his fellow Jordanaires help mold the genre of country music known as the "Nashville Sound," singing backup harmonies to such artists as Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton and many more. The Jordanaires have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Gospel Music Hall of Fame, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the North American Country Music Association International Hall of Fame. Ray was individually inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame as well.

Christopher Riordan

Conversations on Elvis

Actor and dancer Christopher Riordan had roles several Elvis films including "Viva Las Vegas," "Roustabout," "Tickle Me," "Spinout," "Double Trouble" and "Clambake," and he also danced on Elvis' '68 Special. He also had roles in films and TV shows such as "My Fair Lady," "The Andy Griffith Show," "Batman," "Perry Mason" and "The Outer Limits." He continues to act and has recently been featured in shows such as "Black-ish," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Superstore."

Estelle Brown

Official Graceland Insiders Conference

Singer Estelle Brown is a member of The Sweet Inspirations, and the group began performing and recording with Elvis in 1969. The group can be seen and heard on "Elvis: That's The Way It Is," "Aloha From Hawaii," "Elvis Recorded Live On Stage in Memphis" and the 2006 concert, "Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert." The group performed and recorded with many artists, such as Dusty Springfield, Jimi Hendrix and Van Morrison. The group also recorded numerous albums and have continued to perform at Elvis-related events.

John Jackson

Elvis 101

John Jackson graduated from Indiana University in 1997 with the world's first BA in Rock and Roll History via the school's prestigious Individualized Major Program. His senior thesis work concentrated on the life and music of Elvis Presley and how he shaped the multi-media age. John began working at Sony Music's Legacy Recordings in 1998 and has since worked on catalog releases with the company's biggest acts, including AC/DC, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Michael Jackson and Roy Orbison. He's currently the Vice President of A&R and Content Development at Legacy Recordings, where he oversees all audio, visual and packaging for releases.

Ernst Jorgensen

Elvis 101

Ernst Jorgensen joined BMG in 1988 and became a member of the committee to restore the entire Elvis Presley catalog. The 1992 5-CD box set "The King of Rock 'n' Roll - The Complete Masters," earned Grammy nominations and worldwide sales of close to a million. Produced by Ernst and his partner Roger Semon, the box set spurred two decades of restoration of the Elvis Presley catalog, with Jorgensen as a central figure as both producer from researcher/historian. Ernst has been a part of many Elvis books and releases, including: "A Life in Music," his groundbreaking and definitive study of Elvis' recording sessions; "Day by Day," a lavishly produced account of Elvis' life and music with Peter Guralnick; "The Complete Elvis Presley Masters," a 30 disc set with all of Elvis' masters and 100+ rarities; and "A Boy from Tupelo," his 500-page study on the earliest part of Elvis' career. Ernst and Roger Semon also run the collectors label, "Follow That Dream," releasing rare and historical Elvis performances.

Roger Semon

Elvis 101

Elvis expert and music producer Roger Semon is a consultant for Sony BMG, where he has been an associate producer for Elvis Presley. He has overseen many Elvis music releases. He was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1992 for "Elvis Presley: King of Rock 'n' Roll" box set.

Barbara Sims

The Official Graceland Insiders Conference

Barbara Barnes Sims is the author of "The Next Elvis: Searching for Stardom at Sun Records." At Sun Record Company, where she was employed from 1957-1960, Barbara got a close-up view of some of the most remarkable events in American music history. As the studio's one-woman publicity and sales promotion department, Barbara worked closely with Sam Phillips in launching several trend-setting singers, including Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich. She wrote liner notes for their albums, edited Sun newsletters and publicity releases and promoted sales through contract with distributors, DJs and TV dance show hosts. She later joined the faculty of Louisiana State University, where she taught writing, as well as American and English culture and literature. She has been invited by the prestigious Chautauqua Institution in New York to present short courses on "Sun Records and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll" and other subjects. 


Brandon Cunning

The Sound and Soul of Memphis Music

Brandon Cunning has entertained audiences all over the world for the last 8 years on Beale Street.  His love of 50s music comes out in his live shows.  It was his love for Elvis that brought him to this great musical city.  He has opened for such acts as The Beach Boys, Sonny Burgess and Lee Rocker of The Stray Cats.  When not performing you can catch Brandon driving his 1955 Chevy Bel Air on the streets of Memphis giving Elvis tours of Memphis.  


Jon Waterhouse

Elvis Week Blogger

An award-winning entertainment journalist, Jon Waterhouse regularly contributes to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, and his byline has appeared in a variety of publications including Esquire, BlackBook, and online at and He’s also lent his talents to iconic names in the music business, including Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame act Van Halen. Yet his lifelong love for Elvis runs deep, and he counts his Presley-related projects as some of his all-time favorites. A veteran Elvis Week blogger, he also produces and hosts hour-long guest DJ specials for Elvis Radio on Sirius XM, including a backstage look at the “Million Dollar Quartet” musical, a Christmas show that airs annually and more. Make sure and stop Jon during your Elvis Week visit for some kingly conversation and an Elvis geek-out session.      

Memphis Jones Video Host

Family friendly and fun for all audiences, Memphis Jones is a life-long Elvis fan and is an expert on the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. His love for the king turned into a lifetime dedicated to music and educating people about the unique sound of Memphis's finest musicians.

Dean Z ETA Video Host

Dean Z has dedicated his entire life to honoring the legacy of Elvis. Dean got his start in the tribute artist world in Las Vegas at the age of 17. For the next 12 years, Dean performed in Vegas, and has paid tribute to "The Memphis Flash" in Japan, Australia, Norway, Denmark, England, across Canada and the United States. Dean soon earned a spot with the World's Greatest Live Tribute Show, "Legends in Concert," then in 2007, moved to headlining the show in Branson, Missouri. After winning the Ultimate ETA Contest in 2013, Dean received the Heart Of The King Award in Las Vegas at the former Las Vegas Hilton, on the same stage the Elvis himself performed over 700 shows during the 1970’s. Dean also had the pleasure of being a part of the national touring production "Elvis Lives," a live musical highlighting Elvis’ career that features world champions from the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest.

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