Our Local Elvis
It’s been 20 years since he got behind the microphone in his first Elvis Presley contest, paying homage to the King.
Now, it’s a reality for Jordan Springs’ Steve Head, who is amongst one of Australia’s leading Elvis tribute artists.
Like many, Steve got started from karaoke nights. During his first Elvis contest in 1999, he finished 3rd against more experienced contestants and that was the catalyst for what was to come. He has won almost every Elvis contest he has entered, including the 2010 Parkes Elvis Festival. Starting his tribute shows in 2005, Steve has since done hundreds of performances that have taken him to many places in Australia.
“I love everything about Elvis. It was a rags to riches story and he was human. He stumbled at times, but never forgot those who held his hand along the way, especially his family and fans” explained Steve.
“I was inspired by fellow Australian Elvis tribute artists I followed – David Cazalet and Dean Rias. I saw the joy their shows gave people and we are still friends. I also attended the 25th Anniversary of “Elvis Week” in 2002 in Memphis.
That was the most amazing experience and a whole other story” he added.
Since beginning life as an Elvis tribute artist, Steve considers meeting his wife Adelina and having his daughter
Michelina as a highlight. As an entertainer, it has given him opportunities to meet people who have worked with Elvis, Priscilla and Lisa Marie as well as working with artists like Damien Leith and Patrizio Buanne.
So, what is Steve’s favourite Elvis song? “I just can’t pin an all-time favourite song to perform. There are so many that mean so much in their story. I would say ‘My Way’ would be close to the one that says it, not just about his but my life story as well”.
“People still love Elvis and his music because he was the greatest entertainer of all time. His music fuses generations and no one sold a song the way Elvis did. Women just think he was the sexiest man on the planet too” he finished.
You can hear Steve’s three-hour Elvis show on Hawkesbury Gold 89.9 FM on Tuesday nights from 9:00pm to 12:00am and it’s streamed online. He is also available as a DJ or MC. For more information, find him on Facebook or his soon-to-be re-launched website www.elvistributes.com.au.