Dean Z is the 2013 winner of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. He has dedicated his entire life to honoring the legacy of Elvis Aaron Presley, the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” From his early days in Lancaster, California, to stages across the globe, he has repeatedly shown why he is one of the best in the business today. Dean became an accomplished musician during his youth and took off for Las Vegas, at 17. Throughout the next 13 years, Dean performed in Vegas, and has paid tribute to “The Memphis Flash” in Japan, Australia, Norway, Denmark, England, across Canada and the United States. Dean soon earned a spot with the World’s Greatest Live Tribute Show, “Legends in Concert,” and in 2007, began headlining the show in Branson, Missouri, where he currently performs two shows a day. After competing against 500 performers from around the world, Dean was named the 2013 Ultimate Elvis® Tribute Artist™ in Memphis during “Elvis Week” in a contest sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.
Dwight Icenhower was raised in Pomeroy, Ohio and began his Elvis career by
singing karaoke at a local fair when he was just 16 years old. Now, he is one of
the very few Elvis Tribute Artists that have made a full-time career out of keeping
the legend alive. Dwight performs shows weekly and he keeps the audiences
asking for more. Born four years after the King passed away, Dwight has studied
every move that Elvis made and has mastered the 50's, 60's, and 70's eras of
Elvis' career. He has performed all over the United States as well as in England,
Brazil, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Mexico and has toured Japan several
times. He's had the opportunity to share the stage with some personal friends of
Elvis including DJ Fontana, The Jordanaires, The Sweet Inspirations, Cynthia
Pepper, Julie Parrish, Charlie Hodge, Dook Bardwell, Eddie Miles and Joe
Esposito. Dwight is recognized for his good looks and his amazing voice that has
sometimes even been mistaken for Elvis himself. He continues to awe audiences
of all ages and his fans enjoy him both on and off stage.
Jeff Lewis is a native of Oklahoma. He is a Grammy nominated singer/songwriter and is a voting member of NARAS. He has starred in several theatrical productions including Warrior, Atlanta, Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, Frederick Douglas: An American Prophet, and the Laramie Project and has appeared in films such as “Last Castle”, “Summer of Courage”, “Blood Rogues”, and “The Nothing”. He is a published author, including his novel, “Serial West”.Jeff began his award winning Elvis Tribute Artist career in 2011. He hosts the Jeff Lewis and Friends Music Festival, a one of a kind, yearly event that brings together some of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world on one stage. Jeff also hosts the official Elvis Week after parties in Memphis at the Graceland Exhibition
Center. He has won the Last Chance Ultimate at the Hard Rock in Memphis, competed in the Elvis Presley Enterprises Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, and won, at the time, the largest purse in the history of Elvis Competitions at the
Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee, WI. Jeff currently tours the world as a singer/songwriter, actor, Elvis Tribute Artist, performer, and emcee.
Jay was born on the evening of October 18, 1974 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,
where he lived most of his childhood life. Growing up in a house where his father
was a professional musician made it very easy for Jay to follow in his dad’s
footsteps. It was no surprise that Jay had an ear for music but, at the early age of
three, his mom put on a record of Elvis Presley singing ‘Hound Dog’. As he
listened, his eyes lit up and his hips started to move as he smiled with excitement.
Begging his mom to play it over and over, Jay became a huge fan of the King of
Rock ‘n Roll. Shortly after, Jay would put on performances for his parents, family
and friends at social gatherings. “I would put on white pants and a white dress
shirt to mimic a jumpsuit, flip up my collar, pretend I was the King and put on a
show in my parents’ living room. I was never shy.” When Jay wasn’t imitating
Elvis, he was doing extensive studio work, surrounded by professional musicians,
or on stage performing in front of live audiences. Elvis has always been one of the
biggest influences in his life and entertaining career. He can’t remember a time
when he wasn’t an Elvis fan. Jay has read extensively about Elvis’ life, studying
Elvis’ performances, movies and singing style. Jay’s performances aren't so much
as an impersonation, but a 'complete tribute to Elvis'.
Ted Torres is a multi-talented actor, singer, songwriter, and musician. His stage acting experience includes shows like: "Biloxi Blues”, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Death Of A Salesman" just to name a few. He acquired this title in Memphis Tennessee on Aug. 2016 at the Images Of The King World Championships. Ted is a seasoned actor, vocalist and skilled musician. Through his portrayal of Elvis on stage, He will bring back all the memories of the King. His goal is to always deliver to the fans through all his body of work. And to keep doing what he loves. And hopefully, make new fans along the way through his acting and musical work.
Alex J. Mitchell is a WORLD CHAMPION Elvis Tribute Artist from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He has been performing his tribute to the King of Rock & Roll for 6 years along the East Coast. At only 22 years he has made quite a name for himself in the Elvis industry. In 2009 he was chosen by Legends in Concert as their "Jr. Elvis" and performed in the show. Most recently he stole the title of Grand Champion at the Lake George Elvis Festival, one of the world's largest Elvis Festivals with 3,000+ in attendance. This August, Alex traveled to Memphis to compete in the Images of the King World Championships and won first place in his division.
Cote Deonath has been an Elvis Tribute Artist for 19 years now, since the age of
three. At a very young age Deonath was introduced to Elvis by his grandmother
Joellyn Cote by watching a film called “Follow That Dream” which was filmed in
the surrounding Nature Coast areas such as Inverness, Ocala and Yankee Town.
He was mesmerized by Presley. Deonath would go on to perform at various
places throughout his younger years such as Tupelo, MS, Branson, MO, Elvis
Week 07-11 and many more. Unfortunately in 2012 Joellyn passed away with her
fourth battle with lung cancer. Although a short break from stage was needed he
knew he needed to continue for her. Following his dream wherever it led, Deonath
found himself winning various contests and headlining festivals throughout the
world. Deonath is a champion of the Tupelo Elvis Festival, Branson Elvis Festival,
Niagara Falls Elvis Festival and qualified for EPE’s Ultimate Elvis Contest for the
past four years. Deonath was Images of the King World Champion in August
2018 and placed in the TOP 3 in the world in EPE’s Ultimate Elvis Contest for the
past two years.
Tom Brown (Tommy to his friends) was born just outside of Roswell, New Mexico Air Force Base in a hospital that also saw the earlier birth of John Denver and the later birth of Demi Moore. None of them saw UFOs. He moved at age four to Tupelo with his parents. They did the driving. A proud product of the Tupelo Public School System, Tom attended
Lawhon, Thomas Street, Milam, Carver and Tupelo High School (when it was in the cool building on Varsity Drive.) He spent most of his time in band, playing saxophone and in the theatre department, playing. Tom entered showbiz as a teenager with his first job: projectionist at the Malco Theatres. (Yes, he thinks the Lyric is haunted) After graduating (to his surprise and his parents relief) from Tupelo High, Tom attended the majority of his classes at Northeast Mississippi Community (Junior!) College where he spent every evening watching Johnny Carson. Then it was on to Ole Miss and a major in theatre arts. Tom’s dream was to be Johnny Carson. (But that was not a major that was offered.) His career in television started after graduation when Tom got a job overnights at WTVA in Tupelo. Soon he was being mentored by on air talent Buddy and Kay Bain and station announcer Ed Bishop. He credits them with all the lessons of broadcasting he has since forgotten. At WTVA, Tom shot commercials, local sports highlights and hosted the live on-air “Wheel of Fortune” giveaways. “Spinning and winning!” Continuing in television now as an entertainment reporter, Tom moved to Shreveport and St. Louis where he also served as a radio morning co-host and reporter. For over ten years he traveled to Los Angeles, New York City and all over the country, conducting interviews with hundreds of celebrities. His favorites to interview were Tom Hanks, Robin Williams and Burt Reynolds. Then came his big break with a job as a reporter on the much anticipated “Rough Cut” entertainment magazine show based in Los Angeles on the TNT Network. When the ratings for “Rough Cut” didn’t match the anticipation, Tom began 17 years at Turner Classic Movies in Atlanta as the Vice President of Original Productions, overseeing the Robert Osborne studio unit and all original long form productions. Multiple Emmy nominations followed. (No wins, but it’s an honor to be nominated!) A thread that has been woven throughout Tom’s life is his love of Elvis Presley. He produced multiple Elvis projects for TCM and has worked over 17 years with Elvis Presley Enterprises hosting live events and the Youtube series, “Gates of Graceland.” Tom also hosts the Tupelo Elvis Festival and co-produces and hosts the Nashville Elvis Festival. He’s been called “The Johnny Carson of the Elvis World.” So, in a way, he made it! Tom is happy to be back where he comes from in Tupelo with his wife Lisa and their three dogs The Nash, Maxine and Millie. He spends his free time watching Johnny Carson on Youtube.
Taylor Rodriguez has many attributes; he is kind, thoughtful, loving, and very talented. As an Elvis Presley Tribute Artist, the son of Hector and Donna Rodriguez, he often performs at his parents restaurant, El Cazador in Bedford, Virginia. He is a Freshman at Lynchburg College. At the age of 20, he has already performed for many organizations, rescue squads, adult care centers, homes for the disabled, various charity events and at Graceland. If you have the pleasure of watching him perform, you'll witness him effortlessly moving to the audience, capturing the essence of Elvis Presley as he charms many adoring fans. His confidence and ease contradict his young age. Elderly women actually swoon over him when he sings those famous Elvis ballads. His aunt, Diane Morcom loved Elvis all her life. When Taylor was a little boy he would often stay with his aunt and she would play Elvis music for hours. Around the age of 9 years old he took a serious interest in learning all the music and moves that made Elvis Presley the legend that he is. Diane would go to all of his shows to cheer him on. She was his biggest fan. In June 2011, she passed away suddenly. Taylor was one of many deeply impacted by her death. He truly lost his biggest fan. He has always been driven to be the best at this role that he can possibly be. Honoring the memory of his aunt Di has made him even more committed to his dream.
Recently, Taylor has starred in the award winning Million Dollar Quartet as Elvis
Presley. Locally, Taylor has been recognized for his achievements throughout his career
by many news stations, radio stations, and newspapers. On an international level, last
August Taylor won the 2019 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Championship making him the
number one ETA of 2019!!