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Special Guests for Elvis Presley Live: The King in Concert

August 02, 2011

The 2011 Elvis Week celebration will feature an exciting new multi-media music event on Saturday, August 13! "Elvis Presley Live: The King in Concert" will put a hot studio session band and back up vocalists on stage at The Orpheum in downtown Memphis as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll is projected, larger than life, on state-of-the-art screens. Meet the special guests and cast members for this event!


SPECIAL GUESTS


Joe Guercio
Joe will be hosting "Elvis Presley Live: The King in Concert." Joe has enjoyed a prolific career, but is probably best known for his work with Elvis. He was musical director and conductor for Elvis' concerts from the summer of 1970 through the summer of 1977, when Elvis made his last concert appearance. It was Joe who created the iconic six-note theme for Elvis' stage entrances and bows. He also suggested that Elvis' shows open with theme from "2001 - A Space Odyssey."




Elvis' Imperials
The Imperials worked with Elvis on stage and in the recording studio from 1969 until 1971, beginning with his triumphant 1969 Las Vegas engagement. A highlight of their collaboration with him was the 1971 recording of "He Touched Me," an album that earned Elvis his second Grammy Award. The group, in its various membership incarnations, has released over forty albums with fourteen of their songs hitting number one. They have racked up 12 Grammy Awards and 13 of the gospel field's Dove Awards. 




CAST MEMBERS


Paul Leim: Drums, MD
Paul began his recording and performing career at the age of 15. His movie and TV credits include “Dirty Dancing," “Elvis and Me," "Wonder Woman," and "The Tonight Show." He has performed with artists such as Tom Jones, Neil Diamond and Faith Hill. His album credits include Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, and Shania Twain. Paul been named Drummie of the Year four times by Drum Magazine and Drummer of the Year eight times by Modern Drummer Magazine. He was listed as a Top 10 Music All Star by Music Row Magazine.


Shane Keister: Piano
Too tiny to reach the piano keys, Shane figured out how to play at age three by feeling for them. That began a lifetime of dedication to music. Shane has worked with icons such as Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney and Billy Joel. Early in his career, Shane was hired by Felton Jarvis to play on several tracks for Elvis on the "Promised Land" album. Elvis was so impressed with his style that he personally requested Shane accompany him on tour. Shane is a member of the Musician’s Hall Of Fame and has performed on dozens of Grammy winning records.


Brent Mason: Lead Guitar
Brent is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished session musicians in the industry. He is a Grammy award winner and a multiple winner of the CMA Award. Brent has won the Academy of Country Music Guitar Player of the Year Award 14 times and has also received multiple awards from Billboard Magazine and Music Row Magazine. His diverse work can be heard daily on movie soundtracks, television scores and commercials. Brent has recorded with artists such as Uncle Kracker, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, and George Strait.


Adam Shoenfeld: Rhythm Guitar
Adam is a top recording guitarist, award winning songwriter, and producer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Adam has toured, recorded, and performed with artists such as Jewel, Steven Tyler, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, and Martina McBride. Adam also served as Musical Director for the band Big & Rich from 2003 to 2009. In 2005, Adam was awarded “Song of The Year” for penning the Faith Hill song “Mississippi Girl”. It was a multi-week #1 hit on the R&R and Billboard charts.



Jimmie Lee Sloas: Bass
Jimmie Lee Sloas is a Nashville session bassist. He started playing guitar when he was five years-old. Switching to bass guitar at eleven, Jimmie started performing with bands in the Dayton, Ohio area. To date, Jimmie has recorded with country artists such as Garth Brooks, Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, and Blake Shelton. He's also recorded with several pop acts like Rob Thomas, Jessica Simpson, and Bon Jovi. A two-time Grammy award-winning producer, Jimmie has been a member of the legendary gospel group The Imperials.


Boh Cooper: 2nd Keys, Horns/Brass
Boh graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in Piano Performance. He has been a professional keyboardist since 1982, touring worldwide with artists such as Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Kim Carnes, Rascal Flatts, and Loverboy. Boh is currently touring as pianist/keyboardist/arranger for Chicago legend Peter Cetera. Most recently, Boh has been blessed to work as an auxiliary keyboardist and programmer for his musical hero, superstar producer David Foster.


Pat Coil: 3rd Keyboard, Strings/Orchestra
Pat is an accomplished pianist, composer, producer, arranger, programmer, and studio musician. He has toured Japan, South America, Europe, Australia, and the U.S. with artists like Michael McDonald, Olivia Newton John, Vince Gill, and many others. Pat has also recorded with artists including Natalie Cole, Travis Tritt and Peter Cetera. Living now in Nashville with his wife and children, Pat teaches jazz piano, combos, and improvisation at Middle Tennessee State University, and is a member of the jazz faculty.


Perry Coleman: Baritone, Bass
With gospel roots and a penchant for the harmonies of Southern rock, Perry Coleman debuted in country music with LeAnn Rimes’ "Blue" album in 1996. A native of Texas, Perry’s move to Nashville that year afforded him the opportunity to work with some of the greatest songwriters, producers and artists in country music on a variety of projects that include platinum-selling records by Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Toby Keith and Trace Adkins. Perry has appeared on TV's "Saturday Night Live," "Late Night with David Letterman," and "The Today Show" among others.


Russell Terrell: Tenor
Russell has been singing background vocals on master recordings for 17 years, and on demos and jingles for over 20 years. If you listen to country radio, you’ve heard him on songs by artists like Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Tim McGraw, and Trace Adkins. You can also hear him on the movie soundtracks for Disney’s "Home On The Range" and "Flicka," and on commercials for The Gap and Prilosec. Russell is a native of Longview, Texas, and now resides in Bethpage, Tennessee, with his wife Amy and their 4 children.


Vicki Hampton: Tenor
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Vicki is considered one of the most highly acclaimed singers in the music industry. Vicki has performed on hit records for Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, and Vanessa Williams. She has toured nationally and internationally with Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Lyle Lovett, and Dolly Parton. Vicki has been featured on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Good Morning America," and "The Late Show with David Letterman." Vicki has also adorned some of the world's great stages from Carnegie Hall to Radio Music City Hall.


Wendy Moten: Soprano
Wendy has recorded three solo albums and several singles. The Memphis-born chanteuse started her career with the Billboard hit ballad "Come In Out Of The Rain." Wendy was selected as opening act for Michael Bolton’s North American tour and Freddie Jackson’s European tour. Along with her solo albums, Wendy has recorded duets with Michael McDonald and Peabo Bryson. Wendy’s most recognizable accomplishment is her recording of the Stevie Wonder hit "All I Do," which appears on Grammy award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum’s CD "For You."




In celebration of the release of the DVD collection "Elvis: The Great Performances," we asked fans to vote online for what they feel are Elvis’ greatest performances. The top five winning clips will be revealed following Elvis Presley Live: The King in Concert as a special Elvis Week bonus.









Tickets for "Elvis Presley Live: The King in Concert" are now on sale. Purchase them online!