PIECES OF MY LIFE
The Unlikely Story of an Elvis Impersonator: Starring Ryan Pelton
Wednesday, June 6 at 8 p.m.
How did a computer geek become an international award-winning Elvis Impersonator? How did the same impersonator star in a major Hollywood Film? Throughout his life, Ryan Pelton has been blessed with an inordinate amount of “dumb luck”, as he calls it. With live music, on-stage interviews, and a story that many have never heard, Pieces of My Life is a compelling look at a simple man whose drive and determination broke down barriers and changed the Elvis Impersonator Industry forever.
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 1997, 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. 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 released his first original album, Wash Over Me, and 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 was 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. In 2017, Ryan signed a long term contract with Legends in Concert, and is the current “house Elvis” at the show’s Branson, MO location.
Ryan still continues to write and record his original music and continues to audition for acting roles. But most important, Ryan has found the time to follow his new passion for writing and creating production shows. Most recently, Ryan has presented, The Day the Music Didn’t Die
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.