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John Van Thiel, The Voice of Elvis

John Van Thiel, The Voice of Elvis


July 1 - 1:00 PM @ JoJo's Martini Bar

John Van Thiel, The Voice of Elvis

John Van Thiel of Racine, Wisconsin, mesmerizes audiences with his uncanny tribute to Elvis Presley. Whether singing an early rocker, a soulful ballad, or a hip-swiveling movie tune, he has mastered the Elvis sound so well that it just might give you goosebumps.


“It’s all about authenticity,” says Van Thiel. “I try to sound as close to the original as possible. People often think I’m lip-syncing. For me, that's the ultimate compliment.” Fans respond not only to Van Thiel’s voice and resemblance to Elvis, but to his sincerity, playful sense of humor, and humble charm as well. With a uniquely personable performance style, Van Thiel engages audiences with witty banter, Presley history, and playful interaction, making each performance as much a reflection of his own personality as a reverent tribute to Elvis.

Van Thiel’s passion for singing like the “King” was sparked at an early age by watching Elvis’ movies on television. His career as an entertainer began after winning a top slot in a national competition his first time out. For the past 14 years, he has been entertaining regularly at public and private events of all sizes throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

He has performed at such venues as Milwaukee’s famed Pabst Theater, Summerfest, the Menominee and Ho-Chunk casinos, the Woodstock (Illinois) Opera House, the Grand Opera House in Oshkosh, the Weill Center in Sheboygan, the Door County Auditorium, and other top theaters throughout the state. He has been a featured attraction for numerous groups, including The Doo Wop Daddies, Chuck Travis and The Doo Wa Was, The Oldies But Goodies Spectacular, Mark Shurilla and The Greatest Hits, and most recently The Legendaires Show Band. He is currently producing and starring in “Dinner with Elvis,” an ongoing series of themed dinner concerts now in its third season in Racine.

When asked what he enjoys most about portraying the King, Van Thiel replies “It’s making people happy. I bring Elvis to life for them by making his memories and music accessible. I’m very blessed to be able to spread joy doing something I love.”

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