When Valleyfield, Que., resident Sylvain Leduc pays tribute to the king of rock n’ roll, particulars matter.
“If I’m dressed, hair positioned, the appropriate jewellery, and I’m on stage. I really feel it. I can really feel the presence of Elvis with me,” he mentioned.
The tribute artist grew up listening to classics similar to ‘Blue Suede Sneakers’ together with his father and uncle. When Elvis Presley died, Leduc began to personify the singer in class performances.
“I believe he captured a number of hearts and actually captured mine,” he instructed World Information.
The Elvis look-alike calls his house west of Montreal a mini-Graceland. Photos of the king are hung alongside photographs of Leduc’s profession.
He started getting into skilled competitions in 2015, to maintain Elvis’ legacy and music alive.
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“I began with Lake George as my first competition, which I took, I gained there and simply saved going,” mentioned Leduc.
Performing is now his full-time job and he typically does seven or eight reveals per week for nostalgic followers.
“It’s about bringing pleasure, bringing that Elvis music to them,” he mentioned. “It’s actually enjoyable.”
Leduc’s supervisor Sharon Murray says Leduc is pretty much as good because it will get, aside from Elvis himself.
“If Elvis didn’t do it, Sylvain won’t do it. So that you’re seeing the actual deal, pretty much as good because it will get,” mentioned Murray.
There’s a revival of curiosity within the King. Director Baz Luhrmann’s biopic concerning the rock legend is presently topping field workplace charts.
Leduc has not seen the movie but however plans to together with his son.
“It’s going to hype up all people’s profession, I imagine, and it’s going to usher in a number of younger, younger individuals, too,” mentioned Leduc.
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The Quebec tribute artist took house first place on the Penticton Elvis Pageant final Sunday in British Columbia. It was a qualifying competitors for the Final Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at Graceland in Memphis this August.
He’s positioned within the high ten earlier than however hopes this time he’ll carry house the US$20,000 prize, together with a efficiency contract with Elvis Presley Enterprises.
“I’d be the primary in Canada to carry it house. So I would really like that,” Leduc mentioned.
Till then, he’ll proceed to shake, rattle and roll at upcoming performances in preparation for the largest Elvis contest on this planet.
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