2007 Ultimate ETA Contest
During 2007, for the first time ever, Elvis Presley Enterprises held the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The contest was a search for the Elvis Tribute Artist that is the "best representation of the legacy of Elvis Presley." Congratulations to all the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary winners and contest finalists.
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of 2007
Preliminary Winner of Viva Las Franklin
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. While Shawn loves performing Elvis on stage, he says he is first and foremost an Elvis fan.
2nd Place Winner
Winner of Love Me Tender in Texas
A Chicago native, Trent 's love of rock 'n' roll began at the age of five and at age ten he began playing guitar. Within a few years, music had become a major part of his life. By his late teens, he had produced a few records of his own music. Today is living his dream re-inventing the phenomenon of a man who greatly influenced his life.
3rd Place Winner
Las Vegas, Nevada
Winner of Promised Land Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest
Donny's admiration and appreciation of Elvis and his music began at a young age, and he was drawn to anything Elvis - always playing his records, watching his movies and imitating Elvis movies. When Donny won a local Elvis contest in Texas , he then decided that he wanted to show his talent to all the fans that loved and respected Elvis. Click here to visit Donny's web site.
Other top 10 finalists included (listed in alphabetical order):
Winner of the Tupelo Elvis Festival
Brandon Bennett, 24, has been performing Elvis's music for 7 years. He has performed at many different kinds of venues and cities, including the Louisiana Hayride, the Las Vegas Strip, Hawaii and Tupelo - and his shows consist of the 50's, 60's and 70's. Brandon has enjoyed the opportunity to perform on stage with legendary entertainers such as The Jordanaires, DJ Fontana and the Sweet Inspirations. Brandon says he considers himself lucky to have a job that he loves. Click here to visit Brandon's site.
Winner of the Alabama Ultimate Elvis Contest
Jeff Golden grew up and graduated high school in a small town in southeast Alabama, where he started his first band while still in high school. Jeff Golden has been a full-time entertainer since then. He's self-taught on guitar, drums and piano, but has always been lead vocalist almost since he first began. Jeff says he loves performing as much today as when he first started.
Winner of the Chingawassa Days Ultimate Elvis Contest
Joe started his career in 2006 at the age of 22. He took an interest in Elvis's music and soon he was studying anything he could get his hands on to learn about Elvis. Joe was asked to perform at another performer's Elvis tribute and the audience immediately began approaching him to perform at various events. His father encouraged Joe to pursue his dreams when he decided to put a tribute together himself. Joe enjoys introducing people to great songs you might not be aware that Elvis sang.
Kjell Henning Bjornestad
Winner of the Last Man Standing Ultimate Elvis Contest
Kjell was born in 1968 in Vanse, Norway, and started his ETA career when he was 19 years old and in the army. Kjell spent a lot of years working and perfecting his performance, working in small clubs and venues in and across Europe. He hopes his love of Elvis shines through in every performance he does.
Winner of the Kelowna Elvis Festival
Ben has been singing, dancing and acting all his life. He has learned to play drums, bass guitar, piano and acoustic guitar. In 2002, he bought a '50s Elvis CD for his dad, who was a tribute artist before he was born. Then, he borrowed the CD, found movies and videos and decided to listen, watch, study and practice. Ben sincerely feels that if Elvis could say one thing to him, it would be to perform his music, especially gospel, with as much passion as he can.
Winner of the Walk A Golden Mile In My Shoes
Paul has had 20 years experience in entertainment. Paul joined the armed forces at an early age and was always entertaining the troops. The peak of his armed forces career has to be the times he performed solo for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd and other members of the Royal family onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. Paul says, "I have the utmost respect for the King of Rock 'n' Roll and will always try to do him justice by celebrating his music in the best way I can."
Winner of the Collingwood Elvis Festival
Jay has been a successful entertainer and Elvis tribute artist for over 15 years. Residing in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, he has dedicated many hours to studying Elvis's music and taped concert performances.
Also, congratulations to the other 2007 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Preliminary Winners:
of Chiliwack, Canada
of Fenton, Michigan
of Collinsville, Illinois
of Roland, Oklahoma
of El Reno, Oklahoma
of Toronto, Canada
of Mt. Airy, North Carolina
of Port St. Lucie, Florida
of Chesapeake, Virginia
of Las Vegas, Nevada
of Orlando, Florida
of Salem, Missouri
of Wellingborough, England