If you’re not a believer in reincarnation, you might just change your mind after getting a listen to David Thibault. His voice is nearly indistinguishable from The King’s and would make even the most stalwart Elvis impersonators hang up their blue suede shoes for good.
In December 2013, 16-year-old French Canadian David Thibault had jaws dropping with his cover of Elvis Presley’s 1957 holiday hit, “Blue Christmas.” He sang it to staff at radio station CKOI in Quebec while competing in the “In The Shoes of Elvis” contest in Montreal, where he won the 2013 People’s Choice Award.
“It’s like a dream. I don’t know how to explain that,” he said after the video went viral, racking up more than 7 million hits in the following weeks. “I’m trying to take advantage of it. … It’s not everyone that gets a chance like this.”
And take advantage of it he did! Just weeks after that Nov. 16 contest, The Ellen Show came calling. He told her he’d inherited his love of Elvis from his grandfather then entertained the audience with a couple Elvis standards.
Ellen was quite obviously smitten!
Near the end of the segment, she presented him with a pair of blue suede shoes and told him he was being flown to Graceland to perform at Elvis’s 79th birthday celebration in January. Can you imagine how incredibly honored he must have felt?!
He may have even worn those blue suede shoes in 2015, when he competed in the French-Canadian version of “The Voice,” singing “Blue Suede Shoes” during his blind audition. David placed third that season, which allowed him to participate in an 18-city tour across France later that year.
Talk about a fast-track to the spotlight! David is still crooning away and touring internationally, most recently in Holland. We’re sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear of this velvety voiced young man, but in the meantime, check out the video that got the buzz going down below.
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