Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist CODY SLAUGHTER
Charismatic and good-looking, Cody has the moves, the looks, the voice, and the showmanship of the young Elvis. His passion for excellence earned him the title of “the best of the best!” At only 20, Cody has accomplished what people twice his age can only dream of! This talented young man has landed multiple performances in many theaters in Branson, Missouri and in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Cody was the headliner at the 1,000-seat resort complex “The Tennessee Shindig”, where he performed for a year when he was just 17. He also appeared on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16” in 2008, and has been performing at special events, corporate functions, and entertainment venues throughout the United States.
His amazing love and respect for the “Greatest Entertainer of All Time” is apparent every time he performs. Some of Cody’s accomplishments include: winning “The People’s Choice Award” at the “Images of the King” contest during the 2008 Elvis Week; placing 3rd in the “Images of the King Contest” in August 2009; 2nd place winner of the Ultimate ETA Contest in Tupelo, Mississippi in June 2010; and 1st place winner of the Memphis Hard Rock Ultimate ETA Contest in 2010. To top it all off, Cody was awarded the “Heart of the King Horizon Award” for best new Elvis Tribute Artist at the 2011 Las Vegas Elvis Fest. Cody Slaughter is the youngest tribute artist ever to win the title of Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist World Champion. Now, this young performer belongs to that elite group – the most talented Elvis Tribute Artists in the world! Cody said, “My greatest joy is when I am paying tribute to Elvis and his music and trying to keep his spirit alive with fans.”
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist DEAN Z
Dean Z has dedicated his entire life to honoring the legacy of Elvis Aaron Presley, the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” From his early days growing up in the high desert of Lancaster, California, to stages across the globe, he has shown time and again, he is one of the best the business today. That was proven in August 2013 as Dean was named the 2013 Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist™ in Memphis during “Elvis Week” in a contest sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
When Dean was 3, the documentary “This Is Elvis” was being broadcast on television. He immediately cleared the coffee table, jumped on top of it and started trying to imitate Presley’s every move. Not long after, Dean’s mother made his first Elvis jump suit, and he was on his way.
As soon as Dean takes the stage, the stakes are automatically raised. Any preconceived notions are quickly dispatched as Dean takes the form of “The Rockabilly Cat” and never lets up. The young, smooth, grinning rebel Elvis with shiny black hair that is the envy of every man who may ever lay eyes on it comes alive in front of your very eyes.
2013 South Carolina Elvis Festival Champion TED TORRES
Ted Torres is a singer, songwriter and musician from Orlando, Florida. Growing up in a family with two professional musicians as parents influenced Ted a great deal to choose this path. He started learning how to play different instruments which included: guitar, bass, classical violin, and piano.
Ted was greatly inspired by a mix of all types of different music including old country like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and fifties acts such as Ricky Nelson, The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis. He was especially influenced by Elvis Presley.
Ted can’t think of anything else he would rather do. The important thing for Ted is that the music really touches people where he feels it matters most, on a soulful level the same way he believes Elvis felt. From the first time Ted saw “Jailhouse Rock” at the age of 12, he knew he was going to be a fan for life.
As a boy Travis grew up listening to Elvis’ Aloha from Hawaii. Now with tireless determination he is paying tribute to the man that inspired him to sing and entertain. Growing up in Shelby NC, he would enter talent competitions in school and perform at church. There were three things he loved growing up, Elvis, Church and sports. One of his goals is to win the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Early this year Travis took a big step towards this goal when he qualified for the 2013 contest by winning Legend’s in Concerts contest in Myrtle Beach, SC. He further demonstrated his abilities by following this with a win at the Lake George Elvis Festival.
Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Michael’s home base is now Pigeon Forge, TN. Never forgetting where he came from, Michael returns to Mississippi at least annually to perform for charitable fundraisers. Michael’s experience is broad and diverse. He has worked for over 10 years, serving as the anchor host for regular long running shows in Nashville, TN, Branson, MO, and East Tennessee. He has deep roots in southern gospel, which helped develop his phenomenal vocal range. Michael qualified for the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis by winning the first ever Georgia Elvis Festival.
Hailing from South Bend, Indiana, Irv Cass has spent many years perfecting his performances as a professional Master of Ceremonies as well as an Elvis and Tom Jones tribute artist. He has worked with the famous show “Legends In Concert” in four different states, as well as performed live in many countries and on dozens of cruise ships. He is very proud of his world champion title from the “Images of Elvis” competition in Memphis, TN as well as winning many other competitions and awards throughout his career. Irv has also appeared in the movie “Almost Elvis” as well as TLC’s “The Men Who Would Be King” and a special for “20/20″ as well as other TV specials. He’s shared the stage with DJ Fontana, The Jordanaires and Willie Nelson, as well as many other celebrities. His favorite part of performing and hosting an Elvis themed event is making friends with everyone he meets. You will immediately fall in love with his humble, witty, funny and professional stage presence. We’re happy to have Irv in this year’s show, and hope you enjoy his wonderful personality and performances.
CHANGE OF HABIT
The Change of Habit tribute band is the newest touring tribute sensation from Chicago, Illinois. They have performed with the top tribute artists (Elvis and otherwise) across the United States, providing authentic musical recreations of some of the most memorable moments of Rock and Roll history!