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Chris Marshall to play Fenelon Falls United Church June 15
An Elvis Presley tribute artist who started with encouragement from some friends performs in Fenelon Falls tomorrow.
It will be a walk down memory lane when Fenelon Falls United Church welcomes "The King" on Saturday, June 15.
Elvis Presley tribute artist Chris Marshall will be performing at the historic church.
For the past 12 years, Marshall has paid homage to one of the most wellknown singers of all-time.
As a high school student in the 1970s, Marshall said he was somewhat of a "closet Elvis fan."
He explained that at a time when bands such as Led Zeppelin were at their peak, his fandom was something he didn't share with his friends.
His foray into becoming a tribute artist began a few years ago, when performing with a couple from Bobcaygeon, Marshall entertained a crowd with a few of Presley's songs.
Marshall said there was a positive response and the couple encouraged him to take it to the next level.
"They told me, 'They want more, they want to see Elvis," he said.
So Marshall slicked up the jet black hair and purchased a jumpsuit worth $3,000 - and the rest, he said, is history. "It really took off from there," he said. Marshall has performed in Canada, the US, Mexico, Europe and even Costa Rica.
He's played weddings, bar mitzvahs and even a few funerals, he said.
He is still amazed by the worldwide popularity of Presley's music and personality, considering he performed live mostly exclusively in North America.
Marshall's show focuses mainly on the stage of Elvis' career known as "the concert years" or "The Vegas years".
He said while he does perform some earlier songs, he prefers the work of Presley from that era and noted it gave him the most material to study.
Although there are literally millions of Elvis tribute artists across the world, Marshall said it is not an easy task to take on.
"Elvis' voice can't be taken lightly. He could probably sing five different octaves," Marshall said.
Even then, "It's not enough to just sound like Elvis, it's not enough to look like Elvis - you have to have the whole package."
He has performed many local shows at legions and has played at the church before.
He said it presents a "great acoustical sound with a natural reverb."
The show will begin at 8 p. m. and tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling Barbara at 705- 887- 3579 or at Sweet Bottoms Cafe, Cornerstone Furniture or Memory Lane Motors in Fenelon Falls.
Elvis tribute artist Chris Marshall will perform at Fenelon Falls United Church on Saturday, June 15. Marshall has performed across Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Europe and even in Costa Rica.