Focus On: ETA Gib Maynard

Introduction

Gib Maynard, a young ETA from East Texas, first came to my attention while doing research for an article.  I was so impressed with his Elvis look, voice, and moves that I contacted him to find out more about his journey as an ETA.  I watch all of Gib’s live podcasts, and I see a great future for this talented, and very personable, ETA.  Gib has kindly sent along his bio to share with you. From everyone at SIDEBURNS Magazine, we wish you a very happy 27th birthday, Gib! 

Your star is on the rise! We hope you will make the trip to Ontario, a mecca for ETAs from around the world.


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Born and bred in East Texas, Gib was raised in a musical family, where his passion for music and entertaining began.  His love for Elvis started back when he was just six years old.  Gib’s grandmother, Fay Roach, who he refers to as Granny, made him his very own Elvis jumpsuit.  Gib would lip sync and entertain family members at his house.  Gib's love for Elvis never faded even as he grew older.  Much like Elvis, Gib’s first musical training was in church where he played various instruments, as well as leading worship services.  Gib is an amazing piano player, and grew up in the same southern charismatic style church that gave Elvis his passion for music.  Gib attended Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, as a theater major and was featured in several stage performances there.  It wasn't until 2016 that Gib decided it was time to finally pursue his passion in officially becoming an Elvis Tribute Artist.  It’s his deep admiration for the King of Rock and Roll that makes him continually strive to produce a respectful and authentic tribute to Elvis Presley.  Up to this point, since he has been an ETA for less than a year, Gib has not won any contest titles, but he has been accepted as one of the top 20 picked to compete in the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Contest Preliminary round that will be held in Nashville, TN in March of 2018.  Gib has also just been selected to star as Elvis in Little Anthony's Spectacular Show of Legends.

Gib's show is sure to entertain audiences of all ages.  Even though he is young in age, at only 27, he captivates the audience with the same charisma as the King.  Many have said that Gib's resemblance to Elvis is uncanny.  And, as a seasoned entertainer, Gib has a beautiful voice and works the stage with moves that take you back in time to any era of Elvis’ life, be it his humble beginnings in the 1950s or all the way to his rise to stardom in the 1970s.

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ETA // Gib Maynard // Sideburns: The Ultimate ETA Fan Magazine
ETA // Gib Maynard // Sideburns: The Ultimate ETA Fan Magazine

Article:  Remembering Elvis in East Texas, Country Line Magazine, June 28, 2017

 

 

Focus On: ETA Tyler Cody

Photo courtesy of ETA  Tyler Cody.

Photo courtesy of ETA Tyler Cody.

Tyler Cody is a 20 year-old actor, musician, songwriter, and Elvis Tribute Artist.  Born and raised in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Tyler was raised by his parents until he was 9 years old, after which he went to live with his grandparents.  When he first moved in with them, he quickly realized that they rarely listened to music; however, they did have a CD player and 2 CDs: The Beatles #1 and Elvis #1.  It was the music from these 2 CDs that Tyler first heard that would change his life.  He started singing, and by age 13 his grandma had bought him a guitar. Throughout high school Tyler played bass guitar in a few bands, expanding his musical range; but it was in his grad year that he was asked to join the school R&B band. Tyler accepted and started singing.  Tyler's first time singing Elvis publicly was at his school with the R&B band. Soon after, he heard about the Penticton Elvis Festival, and then made his way there to compete. That is when things really started to take off for Tyler. 

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Since then, he has competed in Penticton for four years in a row, and has performed at multiple other festivals, bars and venues. He graduated from the Film Acting program at Vancouver Film School and has been in multiple commercials, TV shows and plays.

From here on, Tyler cannot imagine a future in which he isn't performing.  Dedicated to the arts, Tyler is constantly trying to find new ways of intermingling his passions together in hopes of giving his show that extra edge.  Tyler's goal for the new year is to release a demo of all original music whilst still working on his Elvis shows. That's not all though: there many other plans in the works, and unforeseen opportunities constantly popping up.  It's not just Tyler's shows that are a wild ride--it's his whole life!  If you want to keep up to date on everything Tyler is doing, then you will enjoy www.thetylercody.com.  Check it out.  And remember, when you visit, send a message. Tyler loves receiving feedback, and he looks forward to improving his art and his shows for your entertainment. 

Lastly, Tyler would like to thank everybody who is, has been, or will be part of his journey.  It is because of you that he does what he does, and his only goal is to put smiles on the faces of everybody he can.


Photo courtesy of ETA  Tyler Cody.

Photo courtesy of ETA Tyler Cody.

Photo courtesy of ETA  Tyler Cody.

Photo courtesy of ETA Tyler Cody.


Thank you, Tyler, for sending your bio and photos to be posted on SIDEBURNS Magazine.