A King’s Trib­ute

Fan brings Elvis to life on stage

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - RIVER VALLEY - — BECCA MARTIN-BROWN BMARTIN@NWADG.COM

Grow­ing up in Shelby, N.C., Travis Pow­ell started young. He was 4 years old, he says, when he was per­form­ing as Elvis in his grand­par­ents’ liv­ing room.

It was only five years ago, how­ever, that he took his pas­sion for Pres­ley to the stage.

“I had been do­ing the coun­try mu­sic thing, and I wanted to get back to some­thing I re­ally loved,” he says. “I wanted to pay trib­ute to the great­est en­ter­tainer of all time.”

One of the big­gest high­lights in Pow­ell’s ca­reer as a trib­ute artist hap­pened in 2012 when he com­peted in his first “Elvis Trib­ute Artist Con­test.” He also en­tered “The Le­gends in Con­cert Myr­tle Beach Elvis Trib­ute Con­test” in 2013 and was crowned the grand cham­pion rep­re­sent­ing Le­gends that year in the ul­ti­mate “Elvis Trib­ute Artist Con­test” in Mem­phis, Tenn. In 2014, he won the “Ul­ti­mate Pre­lim­i­nary Con­test” at Char­lotte (N.C.) Mo­tor Speed­way and par­tic­i­pated in the “2014 Ul­ti­mate Elvis Trib­ute Con­test,” where he made the top five.

Dur­ing his “One Night With Elvis” show, on stage Satur­day at the Van Buren Fine Arts Cen­ter, Pow­ell will per­form songs from Elvis’ 1968 “Come­back Spe­cial” and early 1970s con­cert years.

“I think Elvis truly loved the fans, and they truly loved him,” he says. “All he had to do was walk on stage and smile, and he had the crowd in the palm of his hand. The au­di­ence is go­ing to get the clos­est trib­ute that I can give to them, one that is worth watch­ing.”

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Travis Pow­ell has al­ways been en­am­ored with The King but only started per­form­ing as Elvis Pres­ley five years ago.

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