Johnny Lee Memphis
Johnny has been paying homage and performing as a tribute artist to The King since 2004. And is absolutely one of the best Elvis Tribute Artists in the business. His craft has led him to work in countries such as Canada, USA, China, Australia, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Ireland, England, Wales, Germany, and of course the Mecca for all Elvis Tribute Artists as he has performed directly across from Graceland in Memphis Tennessee USA.
His career has also led him to meet and work with people who knew Elvis personally. To quote two of Johnny’s favourite critiques about his performance.
“Johnny is doing Elvis proud, when you meet him it’s like you’ve met your new best friend just like it was with Elvis”- Charles Stones (Elvis’ tour manager)
“Boy, you sure brought back a lot of great memories for me with what you just done on that stage” – Sam Thompson (Elvis’ bodyguard & close friend)
Johnny has received many awards and accolades for his very accurate and sincere performances, including taking out first place at the 2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Preliminaries in Penticton BC Canada. This Qualification saw Johnny go on to become the only Scotsman to have made the top ten final at the Ultimate Elvis Contest in Memphis. All this on the same stage Elvis performed on all those years ago. Prior to this, in 2014 Johnny won the European Elvis Presley Tribute Artist Championships in Birmingham England.
He says that although he has had great success in contests and events all around the world, his greatest honour as an Elvis Tribute Artist, was when he was invited to perform as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations held in front of thousands of people on George Square Glasgow, Scotland. This event was held in in the summer of 2012. The only Elvis Tribute Artist ever to do this with a live 10 piece band.
In 2010 Johnny represented Scotland at the Elvis World Cup Championships where the final was held at the St David’s Hall in Cardiff Wales. One of the judges involved with this event was none other than close friend of Elvis, Joe Esposito. Very much to Johnny’s surprise he became World Cup Champion that day coming out on top through a very talented international competition. The media attention brought about from becoming a World Champion Elvis Tribute Artist seen him appear and perform on TV talk shows such as STV’s ‘The Hour’ show and BBC’s ‘The One’ show. As well as getting a mention that day on BBC and Sky news. From this success and TV exposure Johnny was invited to take his show on various prestigious Cruise ship liners in the Mediterranean and Baltic cruises.
2023 saw Johnny win the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest qualifier in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia which took him to Memphis for a second time to compete for the World championship finals in which Johnny placed in the top 10!