Born in Shelby NC, Travis Powell was raised in a musical family with their roots entrenched in Southern Gospel. Travis’ love and admiration for Elvis Presley and his music started at a young age. His granny Ramona Bridges made him his very own Elvis jumpsuit at the tender age of four, and with his Papa Bill Bridges holding a flashlight on him as a spotlight, his passion to perform tribute to Elvis Presley blossomed. That passion would drive Travis to hone and perfect his craft, leading to countless awards and accolades.
Travis has been an entertainer, performing and touring across the country, since he was in his early 20s. In 2012 he competed in his first Elvis Tribute Artist contest. He entered the Legends In Concert Myrtle Beach Elvis Tribute contest in South Carolina in 2013 and was named Grand Champion representing Legends In Concert Myrtle Beach that year in the Elvis Presley Enterprises sanctioned 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest in Memphis, Tennessee. That same year he took the Elvis Tribute Artist world by storm as he went on to win Grand Champion of the Lake George Elvis festival in New York, Elvis Rocks Mesquite Competition in Nevada, and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Elvis Tribute Contest in North Carolina. In 2014, he won the Ultimate Elvis preliminary contest at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte NC to represent the Speedway in the Elvis Presley Enterprises sanctioned 2014 Ultimate Elvis contest in Memphis where he would place in the Top 5. Travis also became an international star when he traveled to Brazil and performed on television to numerous people whose only grasp of the English language was “Elvis Presley”.
Travis went on to receive the 2014 Heart of the King Horizon Award and was honored to accept his award and sing on the same stage Elvis once graced- the International in Las Vegas. He is the Champion of the 2016 Tribute to the King contest taking home the grand prize of $25,000, the largest of any Elvis Tribute competition. Travis was also awarded an additional $1,000 for garnering the most social media interaction of any of the contestants. Later that year, Travis won the 2016 Memphis Hard Rock contest to qualify for the 2016 Ultimate Elvis Contest, where he eventually placed in the Top 5 Elvis Tribute Artists in the world.
Travis is a performer with Legends In Concert, which is based out of Las Vegas, but with productions around the country. Travis also founded and oversees The Travis Powell Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing opportunities and guidance to children residing where Travis was born and raised – Cleveland County, NC. It is very important to Travis to put back into the community that helped develop him, and lead him to become the person he has.
Travis feels blessed to have shared the stage with the Sweet Inspirations, the background vocal group that performed with Elvis himself. He has a tireless dedication to pay the most authentic tribute to the King of Rock ‘n Roll, Mr. Elvis Aaron Presley.
“Thank you Elvis Presley for giving a five year old a dream”