AWARD WINNING elvis TRIBUTE ARTIST
taylor vaden & memphis thunder
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Taylor started his musical career as an Elvis Tribute Artist at the tender age of seven. At 10 years old, he performed in front of a sold out audience at Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem, NC opening for Tribute Artist, Lou Vuto and personal friend of Elvis, the late Charlie Hodge.
2016 marked the 10th anniversary of music and entertainment for Taylor and it was quite a rewarding year for him. For starters, the new authentic 50's Elvis tribute band he had put together in 2015, Memphis Thunder, played several shows over the year and built a strong fan base. As a Tribute Artist, he won first place in the non-pro division Elvis Tribute Artist Contest at the Myrtle Beach Elvis Festival held at Legends in Concert. This was only his second time competing after a second place finish there in 2015. The first place finish landed him a spot in the invitation only contest at the Ocean City Elvis Festival produced by Sherry Management. This contest features 20 of the world's top ETA's competing for a chance to represent Ocean City, MD in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest held annually in Memphis, TN. This was Vaden's first time competing in the same division with some of the best ETA's around the globe and he brought home a 5th place finish. "It was an awesome experience to compete and get to know some of the guys I have been following for several years now," says Vaden. "These festivals and contests are fun, but what I enjoy most about them is meeting new people and getting to hang out with other Elvis fans."