The Canadian Bluemoon ELVIS® Festival
Born and raised in Kelowna B.C., Carley Bailey grew up dancing at The Canadian School of Ballet. In addition to dancing she also trained in voice under the tutelage of Sandi Deschner. She went on to further her performance education at The Canadian College of Performing Arts where she trained under one of Canada’s most prominent instructors and choreographers, Jacques Lemay. Upon graduation, Carley was hired as a headlining singer and dancer on board Holland America and Carnival Cruise Lines. After 10 years of living out her dream as a performer, Carley returned to Kelowna. She is now a director at The Canadian School of Ballet where she teaches jazz, tap and musical theatre to students of all ages. In addition to running a dance studio, she is also the Artistic Director of her own performance company, “Company B”. Carley feels most comfortable when she is on stage and always jumps at the chance to be able to share her passion for performing with others.
Bob Gill has been singing since the age of five and turned professional at the age of 28 after varied occupational experiences. During his successful stage career he entertained enthusiastic audiences across the USA and Canada and has released four well-received recordings. Bob also has numerous talent contest wins to his credit and was ranked in the top 5 country singers in Canada at The Canadian Country Open. He has also performed in Nashville at Broadway Music Hall and the popular Tootsie’s. Bob’s music has been most influenced by none other than Waylon Jennings.
Bob maintains an up to date repertoire of Waylon's music and currently performs most songs ever released by him. Since Waylon's untimely death in February 2002, Bob has had an inner desire (and destiny) to focus exclusively on preserving to eternity the music of his idol. He has concentrated on following the recommendations of his many fans by perfecting a Legends Waylon Jennings tribute show; and, has done so with his usual success. When you look at Bob on stage, you think immediately of Waylon. When you hear Bob sing Waylon’s music and close your eyes, you are immediately positioned in the midst of fans at any one of the late and great performer's concerts. Bob, like Waylon, sings with a style that seems to come from the soul and reflects both the joy and the pain of a man who has experienced each. The keen understanding of the moods and sounds of the common people, of which he considers himself a part, shines through on stage and off.
Bob keenly looks forward to performing in your area in the near future. When you hear a live show and it sounds like Waylon, stop in and pull up a chair for a memory packed show you won’t forget. You could be hearing Bob himself paying his heartfelt respects to the one and only Waylon.Bob is available for bookings internationally at theatres, festivals, fairs and so on.
Back up Singer
I've been performing Elvis tributes for over 16 years . I started performing in conjunction with my karaoke dj service that I owned and operated in Winnipeg where I am originally from . I moved to West kelowna British Columbia in 2015 and I performed at the penticton penticton elvis festival in 2017 .I truly enjoy all the fans and love meeting them .My favorite memory is a dad thanking me and all the Elvis performers for keeping the memory of Elvis alive so his kids could get a small glimps of Elvis . I look forward to meeting more and more fans
Sandi began her singing career in Kelowna B.C. Canada at age 13, singing with her first band. Since then her career has spanned the mediums of recording, stage, television and theatre and has taken her throughout North America. After recording her first self penned album at the age of 18, she moved to Vancouver where she was a successful studio singer. During this time she co-wrote a song entitled “These Tears” with Stonebolts’ Ray Roper. The song received generous airplay and went to number one on the charts in several Canadian cities. After touring in support of the song, Sandi moved to Los Angeles. She continued studio singing, lending her voice to many successful jingles. She also continued her stage work, performing at many movie premiers such as Batman, Ghostbusters 2, and Rainman, and working for many celebrities including Bruce Willis and Madonna. Television work soon followed with appearances on The Arsenio Hall show and Entertainment Tonight. After working in the Los Angeles area and touring throughout the US, Sandi returned to Canada and decided to try her hand at musical theatre. She played the role of Mary Magdalene in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar, and then toured as one of the female leads in the Canadian Premier of Carole Kings “Tapestry”. She began to study vocal methods, and started “Voiceworx”, a vocal coaching business. Sandi currently lives in Kelowna with her husband and daughter and works as a vocal coach. She continues to sing, write and play music.
Jeff shares a very similar story to Elvis'. Both were singing by 5 years olds with their Mothers in church. Both were strongly encouraged by their Moms to follow the gift of song.
Jeff has competed since 2000 and has honed his Elvis tribute to an amateur win in 2003 in Collingwood Ontario and a professional category championship in 2007 in Penticton. Jeff was also fortunate enough to be one of the first 24 ETAs to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Competition sanctioned by Graceland and EPE.
Scott Gamble is a first-call drummer & percussionist, currently living in the BC interior. Comfortable in any style, he has worked with a broad range of artists, bands and orchestras, from progressive metal to high-end jazz, to symphonic and musical theatre. He is also a sought-after studio musician, and has played on more than 60 recordings. As well, Scott enjoys writing and composing, and has released two of his own CDs, as well as created scores for 3 live musical theatre productions.
Steve Soucy has been a professional career musician for 40 years. He has played blues, country, pop, rock & roll, with thousands of great singers and bands. He has also written and recorded over a thousand songs, played on 100s of artist CDs and produced recordings for 100s of artists. He won BC Country Music Keyboardist of the Year 5 times in a row and then served as Vice-President of that same BCCMA for 4 years. He loves singing, entertaining, & coaching people to enjoy music.
During ski season you can catch Steve regularly doing a piano man single up at Silver Star Ski Resort and in the summer he performs on Kelowna Dinner Cruises.
Steve also performs regularly with Le Mo Nay, a fabulous romantic music duo with Ms Julie Masi from the Parachute Club, as well as Uptown 10, a 10 pc dance band from Kelowna.
Gordie Frie is an award winning music teacher and performer. He has a master’s degree in music from Washington State University. He is also a member of the Uptown Hornz, which is fast becoming the number one pick up horn section in B.C.
Born and raised in Penticton, British Columbia, Chris has had the benefit of top notch education, and experience in his travels. Along with seven years in the Canadian Forces Reserves as a musician, clinician and adjudicator, Chris has spent time training in Japan, and touring Europe. A master of many styles, including Rock, Jazz, Symphonic, and Experimental music, Chris takes the trombone to the limits, and also has the ability to add to any section with his Electric Wind Instrument. (EWI)
Keyboards & Vocals
Trumpet & Vocals
Guitars & Vocals
Bari/Tenor Sax & Vocals
Alto Sax/Flute & Vocals
Paul’s hometown is Abbotsford B.C. Paul has been singing Elvis songs since he was a little boy. He has been competing at the Elvis Festival in Penticton since 2005. In 2010 Paul came in 1st in the Amateur Division and now competes in the Professional Division. Paul has performed at Elvis Rocks the Canyon in Hells Gate, B.C., Busby, Alberta and throughout the lower mainland as well as many private events.
MARY & GINGER HOLLADAY
As a late bloomer in the music industry, I am a firm believer that it is never to late to follow your dreams. In ‘92 I started my first band in Penticton called Reckless Hearts for 8 years and have had other versatile bands along the way singing everything from Pop, Rock, Country, Jazz & Blues. Strong female singers were my mentors growing up, especially Patsy Cline, so I started doing a Patsy Cline Tribute Show and shared the stage with other tribute artists, like Elvis & Johnny Cash. I am involved with Elvis Tribute Shows as a guest singer and I am part of the Penticton Elvis Festival. I also have a passion for singing in Spanish so Mexican Fiesta Shows, and Linda Ronstadt Tributes are also my specialty.
Currently, I have a Trio called Judy & the Diamonds, am involved with the Westbank Country Opry and still do my Patsy Cline Tribute Shows. Singing is my passion and as Patsy Cline says, “Making music is the sweetest thing this side of Heaven”.
Music has always been a big part of my life. I grew up listening to Elvis, received my first guitar when I was 10, played saxophone in high school and joined several local rock bands on Vancouver Island where I was born and raised. I went to my first ETA competition in 2016 and now I’m hooked!
What an honor it is to be able to perform the songs of Elvis. I’m looking forward to becoming better each year by paying tribute to such a great entertainer!
Michael was born in New Westminster and started playing guitar at age six. He studied trumpet, sax and voice in the school band and after university joined a travelling rock band as a lead guitarist. In his mid twenties he accepted a position on a cruise ship as a bass player and for the next 25 years he woke up every day in a different exotic locale. It was during this period that he started working on his cabaret show Diamond Jones and his trip down the Vegas Strip. Which is a tribute to Tom Jones and Neil Diamond, which still can be seen at theatres.
Dean started playing clarinet at age 10 and joined the award winning North Vancouver Youth Band under the direction of Arthur Smith. He started playing pop, rock and jazz in small groups at age 16 in and around North Vancouver. After graduating from high school, he studied music at Capilano College and played saxophones, flute, and clarinet in a jazz quartet with notable Vancouver musicians, drummer -John Nolan, bassist -ReneWorst and guitarist -Michael Guild before joining Kansas City’s Pepper Neely Trio for a year. Dean then went to UBC to complete his degree in education, but found time to join John Nolan for the Jazz at the Planetarium series for CBC alongside bassist Torben Oxbol and Downchild Blues Band pianist, Gerry Palkin . Upon completing his degree, he joined the various pop/rock groups in the Vancouver area including The Visitors, the Bob Bradley group and TKO playing for audiences from Oregon to Nova Scotia. In his early thirties, he took a job as an educator in Penticton, BC, focused on raising his family of three and earning his Masters degree in Education. He retired from education in 2012 and has been fortunate enough to join the Uptown Hornz. He plays saxes, flute and arranges for the group.
Mike has been touring and Performing for the past ten years as founder of the Uptown Hornz , Mike has performed with many great musicians from James Burton Elvis’s lead Guitar player to Geoff Watson of the James Brown Horn Section . As well as a professional Trumpet Player Mike is versed in musical conducting and is one of his favorite past times. Currently the Uptown Hornz are in such demand with many different professional touring shows Mike’s passion is shown at each performance.
Eli Williams has gone from being an Elvis fan to being an award winning Tribute Artist, his dynamic tribute highlights Elvis Presley's triumphant. landmark performance in his Singer TV Special, or, as it has become known, the 68 Comeback. Eli goes on further from the Special to pay tribute to Elvis' 1969 Return to the bright lights of Las Vegas and his astounding documentary Elvis: Thats the Way it is.
Eli, who's from Vancouver British Columbia, Canada, has been an Elvis fan since he was a small child and was exposed to original vinyl albums. As time progressed, he became hooked by the dynamic music and unparalleled style of Elvis Presley. His dreams quickly became to show this admiration for the King of Rock 'n' Roll through paying an honest, heartfelt, and meaningful tribute to him.
In 2007, Eli met Brian Simpson, 4 time World Champion and instructor of the World's only Elvis school, Elvis 101. Immediately, he enrolled, and has never looked back. Through much hard work, and dedication, Eli has earned a spot in the Ultimate Elvis Show, as he pays tribute to Elvis Comeback years (1968-1970).
Eli's young career was changed drastically by winning the Grand Champion crown at the 2012 Pacific Northwest Elvis Festival, which is an annual EPE registered event, held every summer in Penticton. With that win, Eli was entered into the Ultimate Elvis, World Championships in Memphis, Tennessee in August during Elvis Week.
Eli was extremely successful in Memphis, finishing top 15 in the King of the World, out of 96 competitors and in the top 29 in the World in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, EPE's official Tribute Artist Contest.
In January 2013, Eli won the first Ultimate Elvis Contest in Waikiki, Hawaii, put on by Legends in Concert. This win qualifies him to compete once again at the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Championships during Elvis Week in August in Memphis, Tennessee. And at the Images of the King Championships that year, Eli won 5th place in the Concert Years division, despite his airline losing his luggage, through massive help from family and friends, Eli was able to get a wardrobe for use.
2014 saw Eli qualify for the Memphis, Tennessee world championships for a 3rd year in a row by winning the Pala Casino Elvis Contest in beautiful sunny Southern California over the St.Patrick's Day Long weekend. He is very excited to be a representative once again in Memphis.
In 2015, Eli, along with Blue Morris, created the multimedia extravaganza, Elvis 68: The Show. A complete recreation of Elvis' historic 1968 'Comeback Special', presenting all the music and memories of this landmark performance. The show has now been performed to record audiences to rave reviews all over Canada. Stay tuned for future dates!
Eli recently performed as the star of ELVIS & FRIENDS at the legendary Memories Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where he performed for 2 seasons. As well as performing as Elvis, Eli is currently embarking on a career of original music with his latest release, Let's Get Outta Here!
Tyler grew up raised by his grandparents in Chilliwack, B.C. He first heard Rock and Roll music when he was 9, bought a guitar at 13 and never looked back. It wasn’t until Tyler really wanted to pursue singing more and was asked to join the R&B band in Chilliwack Senior Secondary School. Given that all the vocalists in the band were female the teacher requested that Tyler sing a song that was a bit deeper in range, something more bluesy. Two weeks later Tyler performed “Trouble” at a school assembly. That’s when he fell in love with performing. Soon after a friend of Tyler’s suggested that he compete in Penticton Elvis Festival, and that is when he fell in love with the fans. The joy of people really feeling the music and the love for the man and the music blew Tyler away. Since then Tyler has performed in Penticton, Chilliwack, Busby and Mexico. This will be Tyler’s second time performing in Barriere at The Canadian Bluemoon Festival but Tyler plans on coming back every year.
John Van Vlack
Back up Singer
Jaedyn is from Edmonton, AB and caught the Elvis bug in August 2015 while performing at the Blue Suede Music Festival in Busby AB. Since then he has become an award winning international performer. Jaedyn enjoys paying tributes to Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, the Beatles and of course Elvis. Jaedyn is excited to participate in The Canadian Blue Moon Elvis Festival to join his fellow ETA’s in paying tribute to Elvis Presley, the world’s greatest entertainer.
SPECIAL GUESTS OF HONOUR
Live Band Performing
July 12, 13, 14, 2019
TThe Holladay Sister's were instrumental in the rockin' soul sound of the late sixties and seventies. Singing in the recording centers of Muscle Shoals, Memphis, and Nashville, they are most noted for their vocals on Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" and "In The Ghetto" recorded at American Sound Studio in Memphis. They also sang on most of Elvis's recordings until his his death, such as those recorded at Stax in Memphis and at RCA in Nashville. “The Wonder of You” and “Hunk of Burning Love” were two of the last hits the Holladay Sisters recorded with Elvis.
Their sound also contributed to many hits of this era in music by singing the back-up for The Box Top's 'Cry Like a Baby', Neil Diamonds 'Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show', B J Thomas's 'Hooked on a Feeling', Joan Baez's 'The Night They Drove Ole Dixie Down', Jerry Reed's 'When You're Hot, You're Hot', Ray Steven's 'The Streak', Billy Swan's 'I Can Help', Dave Login's 'Please Come to Boston', Willie Nelson's 'You Were Always on My Mind' and Jimmy Buffet's 'Cheeseburger in Paradise'.
In addition they sang on recordings with Boz Scaggs, Clarence Carter, Delbert McClinton, Dionne Warwick, Ella Washington, Etta James, Odetta, Arthur Alexander, James & Bobby Purify, Percy Sledge, Roosevelt Greer, Cher, Linda Ronstadt, Emmy Lou Harris, Dolly Parton, Merrilee Rush, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Hamilton, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gale, Reba McIntyre, Barbara Mandrell, Donna Fargo, Janie Fricke, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, Charlie Rich, John Conlee, Conway Twitty, Ronnie Milsap, Mac Davis, Donovan, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Dr. Hook, Joe Ely, David Allen Coe, Guy Clark, John Haitt, John Prine, Mickey Newbury, Dickey Lee, Earl Scruggs, Eddie Mitchell, Hank Snow, Jim Reeves, Marty Robbins and Vassar Clements.
Their careers also included singing on commercials for Coca Cola, United Airlines & Nestles Crunch, Kellogg's, 7 UP, Mountain Dew, Schlitz, Sears, Kraft Foods, Burger King and Clairol.