Shawn Klush (USA)
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”
BBC1 ANNOUNCES SHAWN KLUSH AS WINNER OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST ELVIS COMPETITION
LONDON, ENGLAND – The British Broadcasting Company. (BBC) announces that Shawn Klush has been named The World’s Greatest Elvis. Klush was awarded the title as the winner of the BBC’s worldwide search for the greatest Elvis Tribute Artist. The finals were broadcast to millions of people in the UK and across Europe via satellite.
Vernon Kaye, who was named after Elvis' father, hosted BBC One's search for The World's Greatest Elvis. The competition came to a rocking 'n' rolling climax last night as impersonators from across the globe battled to be crowned the king of Kings.
Five finalists, chosen by a panel of Elvis experts, went quiff to quiff as they wowed the studio audience with their hip-swiveling moves and renditions of classic songs from the extensive Elvis back-catalogue.
Elvis Presley is the most successful and impersonated performer of all time, and, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the King's death, a global gathering of tribute acts battled it out with Shawn Klush becoming the World's Greatest Elvis.
Klush competed with the greatest Elvis Tribute Artists, selected from around the world. The 38-year-old was born and raised in the small coal-mining town of Pittston, Pennsylvania, USA. Klush's love for music led him to begin imitating his musical idol, Elvis. While Shawn loves performing Elvis on stage, he says he is first and foremost an Elvis fan.
WINNING PERFORMANCE HELD DURING THE RECORD BREAKING 30th ANNIVERSARY ELVIS WEEK
MEMPHIS, TN – Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (EPE) announces that Shawn Klush has been named the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist. Klush was awarded the title as the winner of the first ever EPE produced Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest. The finals were held last night at the Cannon Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Memphis as the grand finale of the record breaking 30th Anniversary Elvis Week.
Klush competed with 23 other semifinalists, selected from EPE-sanctioned preliminary competitions throughout the world. Shawn was selected in the Viva Las Franklin preliminary contest in Franklin, TN. Born and raised in the small coal-mining town of Pittston, Pennsylvania, Klush's love for music led him to begin imitating his musical idol, Elvis. While Shawn loves performing Elvis on stage, he says he is first and foremost an Elvis fan.
In addition to his title, Klush won $5,000, a $5,000 shopping trip to Graceland's souvenir shops, $3,000 toward a new Elvis jumpsuit and other prizes.
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