MUSIC has run through Ted Torres Martin’s veins since he was a child and this week he is “giving it all” to Parkes Elvis Festival crowds.
The American singer, songwriter, musician and actor was announced as the headline act for the 27th annual Parkes Elvis Festival almost a year ago.
This award-winning tribute artist is world-renowned and already has a swag of awards under his belt.
Some of the accolades include as an Elvis tribute artist include: 2016 Images Of The King World Champion, 2016 1st place Images of the King Champion, and 1st place Fan Favourite in Las Vegas.
Mr Martin arrived in Parkes on Tuesday and there will be many opportunities for fans to see him perform including Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, along with an afternoon performance on Sunday.
I’m really privileged to be here, I’m just going to give it my all.Elvis Presley tribute artist Ted Torres Martin
He will also perform at the 9am Elvis Gospel Service and 11.30am renewal of vows ceremony which are both on this Sunday.
“I’m really privileged to be here, I’m just going to give it my all,” he said.
Mr Martin said the Parkes Elvis Festival was well known among Elvis tribute artists around the world.
“From what I've seen, there is a love for Elvis and Priscilla in Parkes,” he said.
Mr Martin comes from a musical family, his parents were both in the music industry as recording artists and he grew up listening to a range of artists.
“The Elvis thing, I got stuck at home watching Jailhouse Rock on a channel, they were doing an Elvis marathon, and I thought ‘this guy, this guy is amazing’ so that’s how I discovered Elvis,” he said. “I’ve been a big fan ever since.”
The King may have left the building forever in 1977, but Mr Martin said he was not surprised that so many people still loved his music and movies.
“It’s just the way he was, from within. He was a great person,” he said. “You can feel the energy he has in his heart.
“He was just a great person, he had a great heart and people can sense that.
“He had a love for his fans and he always said ‘if it wasn’t for my fans I wouldn’t be here’.
“People still love him after all these years and he thought he wouldn’t be remembered.”
Visit www.parkeselvisfestival.com.au to find out more.