Elvis impersonator, 14, making Christmas a little less blue
Thursday show benefits three holiday charities
By PATTI SELLS | News-Telegram Feature Writer
Nov 27, 2007 - Christmas won't be so blue this year for some thanks to a young, local Elvis impersonator who will be bringing Hopkins County residents some blue suede entertainment Thursday.
"It feels great to help out those in need," said 14-year-old Josh Davis, who will be performing from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Veteran's Drive. The event benefits the Blue Santa, Empty Stocking and Salvation Army Angel Tree programs.
The multi-talented teen is the son of Gary and Debbie Davis of Sulphur Springs and has been playing musical instruments since the age of 4, with formal training beginning at age 6.
"He's always been very musically inclined," said his mother, Debbie, who explained it all started at the age of 2 or 3, first with air guitars and then toy guitars and banjos. "Each year we would just kind of upgrade them."
According to his mother, he would climb up on coffee tables, chairs, or just about anything that would serve as a makeshift stage.
"He would just get up there and play his little heart out," she added with a chuckle
Josh's admiration of Elvis developed early due to the fact that his dad is a big Elvis fan.
"We've probably been to Graceland six or seven times," Debbie said.
But Josh was also extremely shy, Debbie said — her son's performances were reserved strictly for her and Gary. It was on one of their Tennessee trips that Josh had a breakthrough moment, according to his mother.
"It was about five years ago. Josh and I went to see an Elvis show called 'Memories,'" she recalled. "We were sitting on the front row, and I got up to go get popcorn or something. When I got back, Josh was sitting on the stage telling jokes. He was actually talking to people. I couldn't believe it."
From that point on, Josh began performing, first at his father's class reunion, then retirement homes, birthday parties, jamborees, and now fund-raisers.
"I don't think I'm Elvis or try to be Elvis — I just do this to keep his memory alive," said Josh, who hopes to continue performing Elvis, ultimately with the world's leading tribute show, Legends in Concert in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
"I was never really an Elvis fan until Josh started singing his songs," Debbie added with a laugh.
Whether you’re an Elvis fan or a Josh fan, those attending this upcoming Elvis Tribute on Thursday will enjoy eight songs of early Elvis from the 50s era, and then another eight or nine songs from his Las Vegas days.
The event is being sponsored by Sulphur Springs Antique Auction, City National Bank and Roger Reeve. Tickets to the Elvis Tribute at the VFW are $5 for adults, with one child admitted free. The price is reduced to $2 for each additional child accompanied by the adult. All proceeds will be split three ways between Blue Santa, Empty Stocking and the Angel Tree programs.