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Joel was born and raised in London, England. His mother, Beverly is a former singing and Cabaret Star, and his father was the lead vocalist in church for many years. He is the youngest of seven children. Joel has performed at venues across, London. the UK, and the USA. Joel has performed at venues in London such as "The Moonlighting" a night spot in the "west end" and he has also appeared on TV in England, and in the USA.
Impressions are a big part of Joel's act. Joel has been tipped as "the best Elvis sound-a-like ever" by Kay Wheeler, former girlfriend of Elvis, and founder of the first American Elvis Presley Fan club. He has also been called, "a rising stare on the tribute scene" by Elaine Kleiner, photographer of many famous Las Vegas artists. In June 2002, Joel performed at the first ever Professional Elvis Impersonators Association (PEIA) Convention at the Lady Luck Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada. His performances on three nights were all met with standing ovations, as he wowed the audiences with faithful renditions of songs such as 'Jailhouse Rock', If I Can Dream' and 'America The Beautiful'. Joel has the looks, the moves, the voice, the talent, all of what made Elvis the International Legend he became. Joel says of his uncanny resemblance and sound to the King;
"I was watching Elvis' 1968 Comeback Special on VH1 in 1997, and I was inspired by his performance... I had already been singing since I was little, but after seeing him, I decided that is what I want to be for all of my life, a singer. Soon after that I practised "Its Now Or Never" and I found that I could get my voice to sound remarkably similar to Elvis!"
Now, Joel has over 200 Elvis songs in his Elvis repertoire, and has perfected his tribute to the King, right down to the moves, the spiel between songs, and the facial expressions. He wears jumpsuits fit for a King, made by B&K Enterprises of Indiana. Each suit is made from the original designs, which Elvis wore. Joel performs the young 50's Elvis, the movie years, and the 70's Las Vegas era, and has each song spot on. He says;
"When I sing an Elvis song, I sing it like how he would have sang it at that time. So if I am singing "Don't Be Cruel" I will sound like Elvis did in 1956, if I am singing "Moody Blue" I will sound like how Elvis sang it in 1976...I have studied his voice"
In 2003 Joel performed in the show "American Impersonators" at the Sunset Station Hotel & Casino, Henderson NV, to rave reviews.
Apon returning to England in 2004, Joel has continued to perform his Elvis tribute show, plus shows singing Jazz and swing music. Joel has appeared at many prestigious venues in London, including THE INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS, THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, THE RITZ HOTEL, THE HEATHROW HILTON HOTEL, SELFRIDGES, THE RAGGED SCHOOL and many other local and international shows.
Joel returned to Las Vegas again in 2005 to perform on the stage at the FREEMONT STREET EXPERIENCE.
In 2007, Joel made 6 appearances on BBC Television, including "WORLDS GREATEST ELVIS" (BBC1), "THE ONE SHOW" (BBC1) "STRICTLY COME DANCING - IT TAKES TWO" (BBC2) and the new years eve spectacular "THE BIG FINISH", hosted by Graham Norton on December 31st 2007.
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