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Old 05-16-2018, 03:26 PM   #1
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This week we welcome, from Legends In Concert, Ryan Pelton as Elvis!

Ryan Pelton is an international, award winning, Elvis tribute artist, actor, and singer/songwriter. He often refers to himself as the "Forest Gump" of the ETA world, and claims to have been blessed with an extraordinary amount of dumb luck.

In September of 1998, Ryan Pelton was dared by his mother to enter a local Elvis contest in Columbus, OH. At the time, Ryan was building websites for a living. Ryan didn't grow up in an "Elvis" household. He knew little about the King of rock-n-roll, except for the fact that adults in public often said he looked like a "young Elvis" growing up. Despite only having one week to prepare, Ryan entered the contest and against all odds, he won. "I remember having to write the lyrics on my hand because I wasn't familiar with any of the songs. And keep in mind, I had never sang before in my life before that first contest."

Pelton's days as a website designer were soon over, as he wanted to pursue the entertainment world, saying, "I don't want to be ninety years old one day and look back saying, 'what if?'"

Over the next decade, Pelton honed his craft becoming an international, award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist. In 2001 Pelton was declared the "World Champion" when he won the Worldwide Images of the King Contest in Memphis, TN.

Throughout his career, Pelton has been involved in a number or unique opportunities that have led him to call himself the "Forest Gump" of the ETA world. Ryan performed with the world's largest impersonator production show, Legends in Concert, for nearly a decade, including a six year stint in Myrtle Beach, SC. He has appeared in an international commercial for Volvo, was the featured ETA in a special collector's "Elvis Edition" of TV Guide, and was the body double for Elvis as he performed a duet of "If I Can Dream" on American Idol with Celine Dion. During this time he also made his first movie appearance as he played the role of Elvis in the Dakota Fanning move, Hounddog.

In 2011, Ryan Pelton decided it was time to take his career to the next level when he released his first original album, Wash Over Me. Within a week after the release of the album, Pelton was signed as a song writer by a well-known Nashville publishing company.

Shortly thereafter, Ryan Pelton was offered the lead role in a Hollywood film called The Identical. Ryan Pelton took on the screen name of "Blake Rayne" for the film, which also starred Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, and Seth Green. The film, which won the audience choice award for best film at the Nashville Film Festival, opened in theaters on September 5, 2014, and is currently a top ten rental on Netflix.

Ryan still continues to write and record his original music under the name of Blake Rayne, and is currently working on his first original album under that name. "Blake" also continues to audition for acting roles, saying that, "Acting is one of the hardest things I have ever done... I guess that's why I like it so much. It kind of calls to my soul". But have no doubt - Ryan Pelton got his first break in entertainment by singing Elvis Presley music, and he has no plans to stop what got him where he is any time soon.

Says Pelton, "Life is like a box of chocolates... and I got the one that looks like Elvis! I consider myself lucky... and I owe so much to Elvis. Without the King and his music, I'd still be building websites."

To order tickets or for more information, call the Legends In Concert Box Office: 417-339-3003; or visit their website: Legends In Concert.com.

Branson Country USA is co-hosted by Grand Country nuts, Jamie Haage, as Jim Dandy, and Mike Patrick! With a rotating roster of talent, the show features special guest stars from the rich Branson entertainment industry. From celebrities such as Mickey Gilley and Collin Raye to the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow, the weekly line-up is always a hit!

Audiences also enjoy the incredible voices of Jackie Brown, Melody Hart and the power harmonies of New South, both weekly regulars on the show. The entire show is backed by the dynamic Grand Band.

The show is also broadcast on radio and television stations around the country, and includes local stations: KRZK -106.3 FM, in Branson, Missouri; KHBZ - 102.9 FM, in Harrison, Arkansas. and KOZL TV - 27, in Springfield, Missouri. Be a part of the studio audience! Show audio can also be downloaded as a podcast, via the internet at www.iTunes.com, or show video download through CityLinkTV.com.

When the red "ON AIR" light comes on, it's sure to be a GRAND time!

Branson Country USA is performed every Friday night at 10:30 p.m., January - December. For tickets and information, call Grand Country Music Hall. 417-335-2484. This broadcast is brought to you in part by Branson Tourism Center. For more information, please visit: www.BransonTourismCenter.com.
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