Bryson Fuller sings as The King
For nearly half his life, the 17-year-old has been lacing up his blue suede shoes and shaking his hips like The King.
The Espanola native fell in love with the music of Elvis as a child, listening to his grandparent's old albums. Right after catching a tribute show in Sudbury, Fuller made a trip to Value Village where he scored a velvet blouse and a pair of white pants. Since then, his love for the music of Elvis has grown.
“He was just so cool and attractive and the ladies loved him and everyone wanted to be him,” Fuller said with a laugh.
As a 10-year-old, Fuller began performing at the Collingwood Elvis Festival, and has returned every year since. His stage presence and voice have won him festival awards and fans' choice prizes at events around the province.
“When I'm doing a song, I try to do exactly what he did during that song, in that era,” Fuller said. While he wants to be similar, he knows he will never quite be the same.
“I don't think anybody has or ever will sound like Elvis,” he said.
Years of practice have helped the young performer hone his sound though, and be a good ETA, or Elvis Tribute Artist. The Cambrian College student said he spent his elementary years rehearsing two to four hours a night, then began exploring other arts when he went to Sudbury Secondary School. Even when he's not in the bedazzled jump suit, Fuller said he enjoys performing.
“I do a lot of theatre,” he said. “I'm in a band. Music is my life.”
Of all his endeavours, Elvis is still a priority. Fuller said he loves the culture that surrounds ETA, and the opportunities it provides.
“Once the jumpsuits and wigs and makeup come off, we're all really good friends,” Fuller said. “We're all there because we love what we do.”
It's not just the conventions and exhibitions either — Fuller said during his busy seasons, its not uncommon to perform four nights a week. Bars, legions, business parties and private groups are just some of the places he brings his show.
For more information on the young Elvis, search 'Bryson Fuller as Elvis Fans' on Facebook.