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Ryan Pelton is an international, award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist, actor and singer/songwriter. He often refers to himself as the Forrest Gump of the ETA world, and claims to have been blessed with an extraordinary amount of dumb luck.
In 1998, Ryan Pelton’s mother dared him to enter a local Elvis contest in Columbus, OH. At the time, Pelton was building websites for a living. He didn’t grow up in an “Elvis” household and knew little about the King of rock-n-roll, except that while growing up, adults often said he looked like a “young Elvis.” Despite only having one week to prepare, Pelton entered the contest and against all odds, he won. “I remember having to write the lyrics on my hand because I wasn’t familiar with any of the songs. And keep in mind, I had never sang before in my life before that first contest.”
Pelton’s days as a website designer were soon over, as he wanted to pursue a life in the entertainment world, saying, “I don’t want to be ninety years old one day and look back saying, ‘what if?’”
Over the next decade, Pelton honed his craft, and in 2001, Pelton was declared the “World Champion” when he won the Worldwide Images of the King Contest in Memphis, TN.
For nearly a decade, Ryan performed with the world’s largest impersonator production show, Legends in Concert and early in his career, Ryan even appeared in an all-Elvis version of The Weakest Link, where he walked away with the second largest total ever won on the show in the United States. He has appeared in an international commercial for Volvo, was the featured ETA in a special collector’s “Elvis Edition” of TV Guide, and was the body double for Elvis on American Idol as he performed a duet of “If I Can Dream” with Celine Dion.
In 2011, Ryan Pelton decided it was time to take his career to the next level and released his first original album, Wash Over Me. Within a week after the release, Pelton signed on as a songwriter for a well-known Nashville publishing company.
Shortly thereafter, he was offered the lead role in the Hollywood film, The Identical, starring alongside Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, and Seth Green. For the film, Ryan Pelton took on the screen name of “Blake Rayne.” The film, which won the audience choice award for best film at the Nashville Film Festival, opened in theaters on September 5, 2014, and is currently a Netflix top-ten rental.
Unable to perform as Elvis during the production of The Identical, Pelton returned to touring as the King of rock ‘n’ roll in 2015, and through his entertainment company, launched a new show called The Elvolution.
Today, Pelton still continues to write and record his original music under the name of Blake Rayne, and is currently working on his first original album under that name. As “Blake,” Pelton also continues to audition for acting roles, saying that, “Acting is one of the hardest things I have ever done…. I guess that’s why I like it so much. It kind of calls to my soul.” But have no doubt—Ryan Pelton got his first break by singing Elvis Presley music and he has no plans to stop any time soon.
Says Pelton, “Life is like a box of chocolates…and I got the one that looks like Elvis! I consider myself lucky…and I owe so much to Elvis. Without the King and his music, I’d still be building websites.”
Pelton has performed all over the world, from casinos to fairs, theaters to festivals, production shows to professional sports arenas—entertaining audiences in the tens-of-thousands. There can be no doubt that Ryan Pelton is the rarest kind of performer, living up to his billing time and time again.
Garry Wesley has captured the passion and charisma that made Elvis the legend he is. Performing throughout the U.S. and abroad, he has also played in several Las Vegas productions: American Super Stars, Legends In Concert, Legends Alive, Greg Thompson Productions and many others. He has shared the stage with the Legendary Jordanaires, The Blackwood Brothers Quartet, The Sweet Inspirations, Ms. Millie Kirkham, DJ Fontana and Joe Esposito.
In 2003, Wesley entered and won first place in the Tribute to The King competition held in Lula, MS, winning the largest purse ever given to a Tribute Artist. For the past 25 years, Wesley has been performing in Memphis during Elvis Week; a record he alone holds. In 2009, Wesley received dual honors—the City of Memphis awarded Wesley for keeping the memory alive for Elvis fans worldwide and Wesley received a second award from Elvis World Wide fan clubs.
Wesley considers Elvis Presley the greatest entertainer that has ever lived, and Wesley not only bears a striking resemblance to The King, but he has perfected those famous gyrating moves and stunning voice. For Elvis fans, Garry Wesley is the total package.
The EAS Band had been the official band of Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland from 2006 to 2013. A professional, global touring band, The EAS Band is respected throughout the industry as the number-one tribute band performing note-for-note duplications of Elvis' music and concerts.
This high-energy band, based out of the greater Chicagoland area, is lead by drummer John Crenshaw and further consists of a lead guitarist, drummer, bass guitarist, keyboard player, and two female vocalists. With talented musicians and singers, The EAS Band gives the feeling and excitement of being at an actual Elvis concert.