Parker brings Elvis to Sherman
Ken Studer, Herald Democrat
two hours Friday night, Elvis fans at Sherman's Kidd-Key
Auditorium witnessed the "King" once again taking care
of business, as Kraig Parker nailed Elvis from vocals
to shaking leg.
this touring Elvis Tribute show, Parker is backed by
the Royal Tribute Band & Orchestra. Adding special guests,
The Sweet Inspirations, Elvis' back-up singers and a
great light show, are the final pieces in creating an
Elvis Las Vegas show from the 70s. Parker's performance
created several standing ovations, the first coming
after the first three words of the Elvis hit "Hurt".
holding the notes, for what seemed forever, he finished,
bringing people to their feet and again when he finished
the song. For the remainder of the show, the crowd seemed
to react to every karate kick, chop and dance movement
Parker, 36, hails from Grand Prairie and started as an Elvis
Tribute Artist in 1995. He is a deeply religious man who credits
God for all his success.
love what I'm doing and wouldn't want to do anything else,
right now. I have been blessed with God-given musical talent
and I love to see the joy it brings to people," Parker said.
Parker's song selection covered early Elvis hits like "Hound
Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" to later hits like "Suspicious Minds"
and "My Way".
talks a little about Elvis's movies before breaking into "Viva
Las Vegas", but a smile was evident each time he prepared
to sing a gospel song. A hush fell across the auditorium when
he sang "How Great Thou Art," which he described as Elvis'
favorite gospel song. The show would not have been complete
without ladies lining up at the stage, during the slow songs,
as Parker draped silk-scarves around their neck followed by
little girl, urged by her mother to go to the stage, received
her scarf and a high-five, instead of a kiss.
was glad he didn't kiss me, but I do like the scarf," 12-year-old
Hali Berret, of Sherman said. Parker said he has been in music
since he was sixteen playing in rock and roll bands for parties.
friends used to say I looked and acted like Elvis. I used
to play around like I was him," Parker said.
created such a big deal I later entered a big Elvis contest
and took third place. I love it now, it's a gas, man."
then, Parker has won several contests including those at The
Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas in 2000 and the Isle of Capri in
Shreveport, Louisiana, in 2002. Parker has appeared on TV
and has made over 1,000 private performances. He has performed
at the MGM Grand Hotel Casino and the Mandalay Bay Resort
Casino in Las Vegas, at the Hyatt in Hawaii.
Elvis/Concert Review, Source: The Herald Democrat, 7 March