Sunday 15 January
Cooke Park Main Stage
Come and celebrate the gospel music beloved by Elvis on Sunday morning in the park.
The Elvis Gospel Service is a well-loved feature of the Festival program. The special interdenominational service pays tribute to Elvis’s first love, gospel music, and celebrates Elvis’s music through song and prayer.
The Elvis Gospel Service will leave you inspired and enlightened. The 2017 Service will feature special guests Sista Jacqui, Mark Borg (Born Again Elvis), Royden Donohue, Gavin Chatelier, Stephen Cheney and Feature Artist Pete Storm.
Official proceedings will start at 9am and the service will conclude at 10.30am. Be sure to arrive early to secure a seat, or bring along your own chair to sit in the designated area. It is recommended you also bring along a hat, a water bottle and hand fan. Refreshments will be available from the nearby Festival Markets.
The 2017 Elvis Gospel Service is proudly presented by Parkes Ministers’ Association.
We do two shows a night for five weeks. A lotta times we’ll go upstairs and sing until daylight – gospel songs. We grew up with it. It more or less puts your mind at ease. It does mine.
– Elvis Presley, Elvis on Tour
Elvis Presley released his first gospel album, ‘How Great Thou Art’, in 1967, which won him his first Grammy Award. Elvis went on to win two more Grammy Awards in his lifetime for the song ‘How Great Thou Art’ and for the album ‘He Touched Me’. All three Grammies won in Elvis Presley’s lifetime were for gospel music.
Elvis Presley recorded three full-length gospel albums, ‘His Hand in Mine’ (1960), ‘How Great Thou Art’ (1967) and ‘He Touched Me’ (1972). Elvis also released the EP ‘Peace in the Valley’ in 1957.