believe I can fly.
A boy and his
New Years Eve ’96 in my first custom made jumpsuit.
|One of Carleton's fondest childhood memories was listening to Elvis sing. The music stirred his soul and began a lifetime appreciation for the man they called the King of
Rock 'n' Roll. Carleton Hurdle didn't know it at the time, but his admiration would one day turn into a tribute to the man and his music.
As a boy Carleton's mother encouraged him to do Elvis at family reunions. Years later, while attending Oral Roberts University on a basketball scholarship, he was asked to lead the student body in song during a chapel service. Afterwards everyone told him how much he sounded like Elvis. But Carleton wasn't trying to sound like Elvis. It was just his natural way of singing.
As with Elvis, Carleton's musical inspiration began with Gospel music. In fact, prompted by his church, Carleton performed his first tribute at a church banquet. Soon Carleton was entertaining for major corporations as well as making television appearances as the king. One of his favorite personal moments occurred when he sang for Elvis' stepbrother and bodyguard Rick Stanley.
When you see Carleton perform and you hear him sing, you can tell he really has a passion for the music that made Elvis a legend. But his greatest desire is to live his life for the King of Kings, Jesus Christ which means his faith is at the core of everything he does...including his music.
of my earliest performances.
||Learning to rock at
a family reunion.
|First paid gig, rented suit and painted on sideburns!