is opening up to Caribbean Music more than it has ever done
feels like the Elvis Movement. Its like Elvis is the Godfather
The first to recognize the talent of Elvis White was The Mighty Arrow, the King of Soca, who was one of the first Caribbean artists to have an international hit, HOT, HOT, HOT.
Elvis, like The Mighty Arrow, grew up in KinSale, a small village in Montserrat. A lover of great balladeers and reggae bands, Elvis would sneak out of his village at night and soak up the local Montserrat music scene. An invitation by Arrow to join him on the road as an opening singer was Elvis first professional venture off the island and his first big break. I admired the way Arrow used to turn the crowd on, remembers Elvis. He had a great personality, he commanded the stage, interacted with the crowd, got the party rocking, waving, and winding .he was a truly great performer.
Elvis second big break would come from his friend, 17.20 Records President/CEO, Terry K. Johnson. While working at the airport in Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands, Elvis befriended Mr. Johnson and the two formed a 15- year friendship. You meet very few people in this world that touch you and leave a lasting impression like Elvis does, states Terry Johnson. The moment I heard the band, I thought that they were the best live band I had ever seen. Elvis himself is the real thing; he has a pure soul and the most distinctive voice I have ever heard. The bands name, ELVIS WHITE, and the music is a reflection of his persona; it uplifts, it inspires it just makes you want to move. I have great faith in Elvis, and in ELVIS WHITE, as well as great faith that Gods hand is at work... The birth of 17.20 records is about putting that faith to work.
ELVIS WHITE has been treating their fans to great music for over seven years. They have performed for a variety of audiences worldwide, including performances at Sir Richard Bransons private resort Necker Island in the BVI; The Hamptons social scene; twice in Europe -- the first time to perform for Sir Richards five- day Virgin Mega Party in front of over 60,000 people. The second time, as the opening act for Hip Hop icons The Fugees in France, England, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland for audiences of over 10,000 a night on The Fugees European Tour. ELVIS WHITE has also opened for Keith Sweat on the 2005 Summer Sweat Tour and for Maze, featuring Frankie Beverly on the R&B Island Jam. In October 2005, ELVIS WHITE danced away with the Best Live Band award at the popular Miami Carnival and left the audience begging for more at the celebrity- studded Hollywood Diversity Awards, held in Los Angeles last November.
ELVIS WHITE has the ability to appeal to a wide variety of people and will have many coming back for more. I am confident the band will be a huge success the world is about to experience one of the true musical gems of the Caribbean. -- Sir Richard Branson
"ELVIS WHITE has an exciting energy and rhythm not felt in a long time in this town. As the opening act, going up against platinum-selling artists on the same bill, ELVIS WHITE not only held their own, but amazingly stole the show! In a town where it takes a lot to surprise anyone, ELVIS WHITE's hot energy and pulsating beat truly delivered and left the crowd begging for more!" Gordon Kenney - Executive Producer, Hollywood Diversity Awards
ELVIS WHITE is one of the most exciting bands ever to emerge from the Caribbean. The band includes keyboardist and musical director Greg Hogan; singers Arturo Toro the Bull George; the First Lady of ELVIS WHITE -- Shekera Wheatley; and lead singer, the bands namesake, Elvis.
Their debut LP, entitled PROMISE Live & Direct, features production by rap superstar AKON; Salaam Remi (The Fugees, Kevin Lyttle, Rupee, Nas); Cory Rooney (Jennifer Lopez, Destinys Child, Marc Anthony, Michael Jackson); Article One Productions; Donald Parks (Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Bobby Brown); and John Howcott (Keith Sweat, The Braxtons, Chante Moore, Silk, and Vanessa Williams).
Their debut LP, PROMISE LIVE & DIRECT, features their Caribbean/International waist winding hit, Sexy Waist; their Reggaeton inspired, rhythmic cross-over hit, Dont Stop; Reggae Rhythms driven tracks , Dont Break My Heart and Love You Down; and bonus Carnival treats, WUK and the Carnival Road march anthem, Clear De Way. PROMISE Live & Direct slows down to drop some inspiration and praise to Almighty JA with a Caribbean rendition of the beloved spiritual Amazing Grace. Classic- hit music fans will be pleased with the Caribbean rendition of Sexual Healing produced by Remi.
Elvis and the members of ELVIS WHITE are excited about PROMISE LIVE & DIRECT and through faith, what it promises to deliver....
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