DORA - Conway Twitty tribute artist David Lee, who is also known for his award-winning Elvis Presley tribute shows, will perform as Twitty at Lee's Family Restaurant and Dinner Theater on Saturday at …
DORA - Conway Twitty tribute artist David Lee, who is also known for his award-winning Elvis Presley tribute shows, will perform as Twitty at Lee's Family Restaurant and Dinner Theater on Saturday at 7 p.m.
Lee (davidleerocks.com), a native of Birmingham who is not related to anyone at the restaurant, is a full-time entertainer who has performed as Elvis Presley across North America for over 24 years.
"I have always enjoyed (Twitty's) music and when I was in search of something new to do for a New Years Eve show I was doing over in Mississippi a few years ago, it seemed like a natural transition," he said. "Conway had 56 No. 1 country hits in his lifetime. Only George Strait has more. ...
"Conway had a special appeal to music lovers. His voice and singing style left the audience always wanting more. He had fun upbeat songs as well as heartfelt songs. He put his all in each note. You could see the energy and love for music in the way griped the microphone.
Twitty died in 1993 at the age of 59. Lee never met Twitty's family nor his family. "I would love to meet his family and hope someday our paths will cross," he said.
The audience can expect a trip down memory lane with songs such as "Hello Darlin," "Tight Fittin Jeans" and Twitty's first number one hit, "It's Only Make Believe." The show will feature many more No. 1 songs, including some of his gospel music.
"I always say you don't have to be a die hard fan of just Conway's music to enjoy the show. It's a fun filled show that is family friendly," he said.
He said he tries his best to bring the Conway Twitty experience to the stage.
"I try to make the show as authentic as to what Conway himself might have done. I usually practice every song dozens of times leading up to the show and I work as hard as I can on the Conway sound," he said. "I pride myself a lot on the voice aspect of the show. I want to not only try to sound like him but also sing with the same vocal control and strength.
"Conway had a great voice, and I love the challenge of trying to recreate it. A fan may not know all of the little things such as facial expressions or stances but they are smart and they do know if the show is right. I work very hard to make sure it is for them."
Lee noted that while he has performed his Elvis Presley show longer, the Conway Twitty show has gained in popularity, with Lee adding a growing number of bookings for that show to his schedule.
He was named by Elvis Presley Enterprise the 2015 ULTIMATE Elvis, and he has won major Elvis competitions, including in Canada. In 2015 the Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi, unveiled an Elvis statue representing the 1970s era, and using Lee as a model, which Lee called "an extreme honor."
"I love working with the staff that run the birthplace," he said. "I'm very fortunate to do what I love for a living. The people at the birthplace have become very dear friends over the years and we love to work with them. We will be performing there on New Year's Eve. "
Tickets for Saturday's event will be $15 each, with food purchased separately. Anyone wanting more information on the show may call Lee's representatives at 205-266-3030.