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Donny Edwards will perform a special matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 at the Texas Opry in Weatherford. Edwards is a two-time world champion Elvis Tribute Artist, who has performed on hit television shows such as NBC's "Next Best Thing" and "The Young and the Restless." He has also played with some of Elvis's original band members such as D.J. Fontana, Elvis' drummer, and his back up group the Jordanaires.
"We are going to come through there and bring back the spirit of Elvis, with his persona and the atmosphere,” Edwards said. “That's the difference between me and other tribute artists, we are very authentic and even sing in Elvis' original key. And we have a good time doing it.”
Edwards said being Elvis has always come naturally for him and that from an early age people would mistake him for the King.
"My mom said when I was a kid and an Elvis record would come on I knew how to shake my leg. I was an avid Elvis fan and it always stuck with me. When kids were jamming out to Bon Jovi, I viewed Elvis as the best,” Edwards said. “As I got older, people started to comment on my look. When I hit my teenage years I started to look more like him and people said, ‘Hey Elvis.' It’s funny because I was always drawn to it."
Edwards was working as a manager at a Target in Houston when he was contacted by a talent scout who wanted him to work as a 50s-style Elvis Tribute Artist in Oregon.
After working in Oregon, Edwards entered a contest in Missouri and got hired to do Elvis-A-Rama. In 2006, he was hired by Elvis Enterprises to do a 50th anniversary of Elvis' show and performed with Elvis' backup group, the Jordanaires. Since that time, he has worked private parties for celebrities such as Marie Osmond and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
“I know enough about Elvis. He’s my hero. It's interesting to be with people that Elvis used to surround himself with," Edwards said. “I want to do it right, authentic. I want my show to be something that Elvis himself would enjoy.”
He will make his fourth appearance in Weatherford and will perform with special guests Wayne King as Roy Orbison, and the eight-member band Fever. For tickets call 817-341-1000. For more information about Donny Edwards visit www.donneywardslive.com.