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Claire Schwartz & Associates, LLC

I am not a professional organizer or promoter, rather a very longtime friend and promoter of Wade Cummins (AKA Elvis Wade), I would prefer to present a summary of his accomplishments during his career, which has spanned the globe and filled concert halls and arenas worldwide.

Wade resides near Nashville with his lovely wife Sandy Posey, a recording artist with Grammy-nominated hits of the 60’s and 70’s.  Together they Winter at their lakefront home south of Central Florida where Wade spends his downtime relaxing on his boat and fishing. What used to be a week or two fishing getaway, each year they seem to find they come down earlier and stay longer (mostly out of demand for scheduled bookings).

 Wade joined his first band playing rhythm guitar when he was 13 and soon became their lead singer playing the bass guitar. They became local favorites playing Hops; and at 16, Wade and the Nationals performed in top nightclubs. Later, Wade performed with the show band Lafayette and Les Sabres and as lead singer with a powerful 4+ octave range, did many vocal impressions on some hot cover tunes of Gene Pitney, Tom Jones, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, Gary Puckett, Frankie Valli, and of course...Elvis Presley. This was in Detroit and he was barely legal and I was not when I would sneak in to the clubs. That is where I first saw him perform and even then, I truly recognized his talent (although I just faded in as another one of his starry-eyed groupies, and there were PLENTY)

The show was soon transformed to focus on the Elvis Presley image, much to the delight of many loving audiences. He's been performing for Elvis fans ever since. Elvis Presley himself saw the show in 1976 and gave Wade a standing ovation... One of only two such ovations ever reported seen by Presley staffers. In fact, People Magazine was once quoted to say that Wade was the “Original” and the other Elvis impersonators were merely “Elvis Wade impersonators”.

His show has never ceased to be in great demand, originating 9 years before Presley's untimely death in 1977 – and catapulted to even greater prominence since. Presley's step-mother contacted Elvis Wade in 1984 and joined his “Tribute to Elvis” tour acting as a font of knowledge for Elvis fans. "I recommend his show to truly be the finest tribute to Elvis"...Dee Presley. In 1986, the Jordanaires – Presley's longtime back-up vocalists for all of his live performances, records and movies... and nominated for the Country Music Association "Hall Of Fame" – contacted Elvis Wade to perform with them for an international tour. They performed together for over 12 years... breaking hearts and attendance records everywhere.

TODAY, Wade continues his “Legends Tribute” and his fans internationally still know and adore “Elvis Wade” though his talents reach beyond those boundaries. Wade has been invited to perform with the Jackson Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Billings Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, and Portland Symphony and about 15 other major Symphony and Pop Orchestras around the country. The letters and media to follow prove that they were not disappointed. He sold out the house and they gave him a standing ovation in City after City.

Although modest about his own accomplishments, Wade has written, produced and released his own beautiful music. His latest CD’s include “Love Me to Pieces”, “Looking Back” and just released his latest, a smooth and easy side of Wade titled, “Wade…SmOOOth Sailing”. Each feature at least one original song written and performed by Wade.

And in September of 2014, his story was made into a major motion picture and released in theatres. “The Identical” starring Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green and Joe Pantoliano, written by Wade Cummins, part biographical, part fiction, was presented with “Best Picture Award” from over 3400 movies presented at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival.

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