Rich Vickers Wins 1st Round OF Tribute Artist Contest: Arnold, Missouri – 29 March, 2007 – Elvis tribute artist Rich Vickers of Salem, Missouri, emerged with $1000 and the 1st place trophy in the first regional competition of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest™ on Saturday, March 24, 2007, as an audience of 1,500 energized spectators packed Rickman Auditorium in Arnold, Missouri. Twenty-two contestants vied for the prize in this unprecedented event sanctioned by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. (“EPE”). Vickers, 42-year-old Worship and Music Leader at New Harmony Church in Salem, Missouri, will advance to the preliminary finals in Memphis in August 2007 during “Elvis Week,” which also marks the 30th anniversary of the passing of Elvis Presley.
Vickers sported his white “Burning Love Pinwheel” jumpsuit and began his performance—appropriately—with the Elvis classic Burning Love, followed by You Gave Me a Mountain, Treat Me Nice, and I Can’t Help Falling In Love.
“This is such an honour. My dream has been to compete as an Elvis tribute artist in Memphis. Competing during Elvis Week on the 30th anniversary of his death and participating in an Elvis Tribute Artist Contest sponsored by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. is a distinct privilege,” stated Vickers.
The city of Arnold, Missouri, is proud to be the first to host an EPE-sanctioned regional competition and congratulates Vickers on his success. Gina Sokolich, Event Coordinator for Arnold, says of Vickers: “He was incredible! We are very excited for Rich and wish him well in Memphis.”