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Peace In The Valley

A Tribute To Elvis

Elvis Presley began singing in his church choir as a young teenager. Elvis was a very dedicated and generous individual. In his career he recorded over 60 gospel songs. As his career soared around age 22, Elvis often gave away personal posessions. Several times, on the spur of the moment, he gave away his automobile to someone in need.

Many writers have tried to exploit Elvis's cares and desires, but the good Lord knew that Elvis had a heart of gold.

The Good Samaritan Elvis

"I don't think that anyone should try to capitalize on Elvis in moneymaking schemes, but I do believe that The King (as Elvis was known) would appreciate an individual giving of their talents and resources to help people in need.

"We often forget that many people go through life suffering health or employment problems, or the after-effects of natural disasters and other unexpected events through no fault of their own.

"When I was twelve years old I dreamed about being a person that would be remembered as someone who cared and proved it, before being laid to rest. At 13 years old I began singing in the adult choir in a small town. At age 22 I experienced salvation though the Lord Jesus Christ."

"Many of my friends made fun of me because, before that salvation experience, I often played rock'n'roll music. It was then I asked the Lord to show my friends that my experience was real by doing something miraculous. At 23 I recorded a gospel album in Charlotte, NC, at Arthur Smith Studios. Soon thereafter, at the urging of the director of the Crippled Childrens' Society, I was singing on television in Charleston, South Carolina.  I was astonished!"

"Later, I sang on that same stage with the Cathedral Quartet, one of the premier gospel groups in the US and abroad. Soon thereafter my career was interrupted, as Elvis' was, and I became a full-time member of the South Carolina National Guard. I decided to become a career soldier and in 1997, attained 20 years service and retired with an honorable discharge. Miracles do happen! I never fathomed becoming a Christian Elvis impersonator. I asked the Lord to show me how I could salute HIM. On Sept 11, 2001, I finished writing a country gospel song called "One Way To Heaven". One year later, I was able to record that song.

"The Bible states, I believe, 'It is more blessed to give than to recieve'. I have been blessed with good health, good christian people around me, a God-given talent to sing, and a pension for my service to my country. I am often burdened by circumstances I see around me, in that so many Americans are having real financial dilemmas. I believe that God has put me here to be a Good Samaritan. In the past, I have been involved in various fund raisers, for people suffering misfortune such as medical problems, losing their homes in fires, etc. Now it is time to help by sharing part of the sales of my CD's and sheet music with charitable groups, not only in South Carolina, but all over the United States."

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