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America’s Got Talent Elvis tribute artist to perform in Wellington

by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — Wellington will be “All Shook Up” when America’s Got Talent top 10 finalist Joseph Hall presents his “ELVIS Rock N’ Remember” concert. The show will take place at the Memorial Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.

Since 2006, Hall, who was born in 1984, has been paying tribute to the rock legend Elvis Presley, and starred on NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2008. He made six TV appearances, viewed by more than 90 million people, and placed as one of the top 10 finalists!

Years ago when Hall dressed as Elvis Presley at a Halloween costume party, and went onstage for the first time, he kept getting asked to portray him.

“People asked if I could sing and dance for different things, and I told them no, it was just a one time thing,” Hall said.

But people refused to take “no” for an answer. A woman who had attended the Halloween party owned a bar, and happened to be a huge Elvis fan. She offered to pay Hall to perform at her bar.

“I did that, and thought that was it,” Hall said. “I was working at my dad’s restaurant at the time, and people came up to me and asked if I was Elvis, and I got more gigs, like birthday parties, corporate parties, and all of a sudden business really picked up.”

In 2008, Hall portrayed Elvis Presley on America’s Got Talent.

“Everything exploded after that, and it got really big for me, the phones kept ringing, and I went into being Elvis full time,” Hall said. “I’ve had fun riding the Elvis wave the last 11 years.”

Growing up, Hall heard Elvis music all the time, as his dad is a huge fan.

“Once I got off of America’s Got Talent, I spoke with my dad, who is now my manager, and we made the decision that if we are going to do this, we are going to do this right,” Hall said. “I started really rehearsing a lot and tried to get my hands on every possible book, photo, and YouTube video that I could to learn as much as I could about Elvis Presley, the entertainer.”

Hall said that his favorite part of portraying Elvis is the aura that comes along with doing a show.

“My favorite part of doing what I do, is when I go onstage and share my love of Elvis with those in the crowd who love Elvis,” Hall said. “I love the energy that comes out of it and the people singing along, and I know they are transcendent in another time in their lives. Those are awesome moments for me personally.”

Hall said that being on America’s Got Talent was an amazing experience.

“I learned so much about myself and I think that was my favorite part,” Hall said. “I went into it fresh and unknown, and came out and had newfound respect for people who dance and sing their whole lives.”

Hall said that the very first night on the show, he had no idea how the crowd or judges would react.

“I walked in there blind not knowing what would happen, not knowing if they would except an Elvis impersonator,” Hall said. “I told myself just do your thing, whether they like you or not. I let loose and did exactly that, and in that moment, the crowd was cheering.”

He said that Sharon Osborne was a sweetheart.

“She said to me, ‘I have shoes older than you, but I’d like to try you on’,” Hall said, of Sharon Osborne. “I am very thankful for her. Even to this day, people still throw that line at me.”

Hall and his wife Amber have three young sons, Presley, Kaison and Dezi.

“They have been my support system and my rock,” Hall said.

He is really looking forward to coming to Wellington to perform.

“It will be a wonderful time, and a wonderful show,” Hall said. “We will celebrate Elvis’ legacy in a two hour show. There will be costume changes, his music from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, and teddy bears and flowers will be thrown to the crowd. I also share my favorite Elvis stories that I have come across. It will be a really great night celebrating Elvis Presley.”

Hall has performed all over the world, including Las Vegas and Porthcawl, Wales. He has won several awards throughout his career, including the “Spirit of Elvis” award. Hall has been officially recognized as one of the top Elvis tribute artists in the world today, and has worked with both Elvis Presley Enterprises and Legends in Concert.

“I love Elvis Preley and want to share it with the people of Wellington,” Hall said.

Ticket prices are $25 for VIP or $20 general admission, and will be available for purchase at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office, No. 7 Coffee House, or by calling 402-617-4477.

Hall is quoted on his website, www.josephhallelvis.com, as saying “My goal is to capture the essence of Elvis Presley, to pay tribute to him with the utmost respect to his legacy, his music, his image, and above all else, his fans.”

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