Elvis Impersonator Brings Show to Gilmer


If Elvis Presley was still with us, he’d turn 84 years old January 8. Celebrating Elvis every day is impersonator Travis Powell.

The 35-year-old North Carolina native travels the nation as an Elvis impersonator. With his whiskey-smooth vocals and “Well, thank ya, thank ya very much” lines, many  forget for a moment that he’s not the real deal.

Powell perform songs from Elvis’ 1968 comeback special and 1970s concert years at 7 p.m. January 12 at the Gilmer Civic Center. In the two-part act, Powell dons a svelte, playful black leather-clad outfit like Elvis wore in the ‘68 comeback. Powell also wears the iconic Las Vegas-era white jumpsuit in the show and sings songs like “American Trilogy” and “If I Can Dream.”

Powell has won many Elvis tribute contests, including the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino’s “A Tribute to the King” competition in 2018 which put $25,000 in prize money in that jeweled jumpsuit pocket of his.

Powell’s love of Elvis started when he was four.

“I have a VHS tape of myself in my grandparent’s living room in a jumpsuit singing Elvis songs,” Powell says. “I just wanted to be Elvis. He was cool to me and had an amazing voice.”

Though the avid Elvis fan never got to meet his hero, Powell believes Elvis was a “great guy.”

“One of the things that doesn’t get mentioned much about Elvis is how he helped others,” Powell said. “He wrote a lot of checks to people and organizations. We all have our flaws, but deep down I think he was just a great guy who cared about people.”

Besides having a big heart, Powell said Elvis had “it.”

“He had charisma, what you’d call ‘it’, in the entertainment business,” Powell said. “He could walk on stage and just smile and people loved him. I wanted to be Elvis.”

Powell enjoys his work.

“I get to live the dream every day and go to work happy. I don’t know too many people in this world that enjoy everything about their job. I’m very blessed.”

Special guest at the Gilmer show is 15 year old rising Elvis tribute artist Moses Snow.

Both men are backed by tribute band Spinout and the Shake Rattle & Roll group dances and are back up singers.

VIP tickets cost $40 and reserved tickets are $30 or $20 in upper sections. To purchase tickets, (832) 312-0074 or visit www.etatravispowell.com.


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