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Doug Church, aka “The REAL Voice of Elvis” drew a crowd of around 400

Elvis Presley, the king of rock and roll, may have died in 1977, but he still has a lot of fans. This was evident by the crowd of around 400 people lined up in the Grass Amphitheater in Union City on Sunday night.

For 90 minutes, Doug Church, aka “The REAL Voice of Elvis” sang Elvis hits one after the other.

About half were gospel songs recorded by Elvis. That’s because the event was planned by Dave Mathis of Union City, who hoped the concert would help him in his mission to “Fill the Pews” in local churches.

The crowd was grateful, but hits like “Love Me Tender”, “You Ain’t Nothin ‘But a Hound Dog” and “Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear” were fan favorites.

When Church draped one of her scarves around the neck of an Elvis fan, she did not faint, but proudly carried the honor.

A man also asked for a scarf. Church said, “They’re usually for women, but hey, it’s 2021.”

Elvis was born 86 years ago and many of his generation were in the crowd, but there were also many who were probably not born before his death.

One was a little girl dressed in leather and carrying a gaming microphone who ventured to the stage. When Church draped a scarf, she tiptoed excitedly for several minutes.

“She looks more like Elvis than I am,” Church told the audience.

Mathis reminded the crowd that this was the second of many events he planned to encourage those who attended church before the pandemic to return to the pews.

The concert was free to the public, but an offering was made to help cover expenses.

Church also performs at Shipshewana Blue Gate’s Salute to the Stars Tribute Show.

Cory E. Barnes

The author Cory E. Barnes

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