Heart of the King Inductee (2011)
In just a short time Shawn Klush has emerged as the nation’s top Elvis tribute artist. Born and raised in the small coal-mining town of Pittston, Pennsylvania, Shawn’s love for music led him to begin imitating his musical idol, Elvis Presley. He performed in the famous Poconos region followed by a tour of Canada where he entered and won the $5,000.00 prize in the “Worldwide Elvis Competition” in Montreal. This caught the attention of the award winning Las Vegas show, “Legends in Concert” where in 2004 he starred as Elvis in their Branson, MO. production. He also alternated in their Las Vegas and Atlantic City show rooms. Each January he stars in the “Elvis Birthday Tribute Tour”, an Elvis extravaganza with Elvis’ own musicians, singers, and closest friends, in major venues in multiple cities.
Shawn has recorded 2 CDs and performed with Elvis’ closest friends, musicians and singers such as JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet, The Jordanaires, DJ Fontana, Charlie Hodge, Myrna Smith, The Sweet Inspirations and Joe Esposito. He recently portrayed Elvis in the hit TV miniseries “Shake, Rattle and Roll” which aired on CBS and VH1. On Jan 6th 2005, just 2 days before Elvis’ 70th Birthday, Shawn became grand champion at the $25,000.00 “World Elvis Tribute Artist Competition.” This year he received “The Peoples Choice Award” from Gibson Guitar in Nashville as “Best Concert Elvis.” Shawn was recently named the international champion of BBC1′s World’s Greatest Elvis competition in the United Kingdom. In August, Shawn was chosen by Graceland as the winner of Elvis Presley Enterprises’ first ever Ultimate Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis, TN.
Shawn Klush brings all the electrifying magic of Elvis to the stage. Shawn is “The Closest Thing to the King in Concert.”