- Last Updated on 05:18 PM 04/25/13
- BY Special to the Gazette
While many people attempt to pay tribute to the King, few pull it off with such grace and style as Stephen Freeman. As a life-long fan of Elvis, Freeman’s decision to become a professional tribute artist came with his transition from an eight-year stint as a police officer into theatrics.
His path started with performances in dinner theatres like Broadway in the Dells, Barn Dinner Theatre, Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre and many others. This led him to write and star in performances about the life of Elvis Presley, including an annual production called “Christmas with Elvis.”
Now, he’s been a tribute artist since 1998. He’s been voted by fans from around the world to be the 2010 and 2011 Elvis Tribute Artist of the Year, as polled by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. He made it to the semi-finals and finals of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest the last four years running, and won the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in 2009. It can’t be overlooked that he uses his Elvis renditions for public service too, helping non-profits with their fundraising endeavors. This selflessness has resulted in receiving the key to the city of Charleston, W.Va. from the Secretary of State for West Virginia.
Using his custom designed wardrobe that pays meticulous attention to the original King’s style, Freeman is one Elvis tribute artist not to miss. Audiences love him for his ability to channel the original artist’s compassion, spirituality and amazing talent.
Freeman will perform May 4 at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, located on U.S. 58 East near Danville. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert will start at 8 p.m. Admission is $12 advance and $15 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the 2013 Scholarship Program for Pittsylvania County students. All ages will be permitted for this performance. For more information, call 434-251-0994.