Saratoga boy dazzles at Lake George Elvis Festival
While Elvis may not be the most popular performer among today's youth, YNN's Matt Hunter found out "The King" still has a few young fans.
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LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. -- At the ninth annual Lake George Elvis Festival, there is an Elvis for virtually every taste, including big, small, tall, short, old and even young.
You'll be hard pressed to find anyone who garnered bigger cheers this weekend than Matthew Boyce. The Saratoga Springs resident was practically born singing, first using a microphone when he was two, which as it turns out, was only a decade ago.
"His music, just his genre, just his style and singing, and movement and music I just love," Boyce said after performing Sunday.
Through no fault of his own, Matthew was born long after "The King's" reign ended. He had to settle for old video tapes given to him by his grandmother and aunt to see Elvis in action.
While he is hardly the only tribute artist on the circuit who struggles to grow his own sideburns, he's not a novelty act either. On Sunday, he earned a spot in the finals.
"He's going to come along and his charisma and confidence is going to grow and grow," said Sean Rowan, an adult tribute artist who performed prior to Boyce.
"It's great, I love having the energy of the band behind me and being able to just be out here without any fear and just give it my all," said Boyce, who chose “Burning Love” and “I Did It My Way” for his two performance songs.
Not surprisingly, Matthew has his share of fans. Perhaps none bigger than his younger brother, Spencer, who at age seven, plans to follow in big brother's blue suede footsteps.
“On a scale of one to ten, he’s probably an eleven,” said Spencer, rating his brother’s performance.
From the sounds of it, the two brothers may have a lock on the contest circuit in the decades to come, perhaps inspiring more of their peers to fall in love with the music along the way.