Vancouver man 'all shook up' over Elvis competition
Monday, June 13, 2011
Vancouver’s Lee Birchfield got his first gig as a paid Elvis Presley impersonator at age 13. Now the 29-year-old musician is about to compete against 25 of the top Elvis impersonators from around the world.
Birchfield qualified at a preliminary event in California the first weekend in June. He sang a number of Elvis songs, including “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Suspicious Minds,” a medley of “Trouble” and “Guitar Man” and, his all-time favorite, “If I Can Dream.”
Birchfield will go to Memphis, Tenn., during Elvis Week in August to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The first-place finisher gets $20,000.
His father introduced him to Elvis’ music at an early age, and it’s something he’s passionate about. This was Birchfield’s fifth try to qualify for the competition, and he’s excited that all the hard work has paid off.
“Just being there is a dream come true,” he said. “I’ve loved Elvis my whole life. He’s always been my No. 1 guy.”
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