Darin Thrasher lives near Kemah, TX...the following is from his web
My name is Darin Thrasher. I was born April 28, 1967. My mom was a big Elvis fan
so I grew up listening to and watching the “King”. I had 3 big dreams as a
But in my wildest
dreams I always went back to being an Elvis impersonator. I dabbled with playing
Elvis when I was young but I was really shy and would only do it in front of my
brother and sister.
|to be a football
|to be a boxer
|to be an Elvis
“Jamie,” my kid brother always encouraged me to get serious about doing it.
saw potential there and urged me on but I didn’t listen at first. He watched
me “play the King” for hours and hours on end while we were kids. He always
told me to pursue it. He pleaded with me to spread my wings and try to fly.
Unfortunately he never saw his vision come true.
My brother was tragically killed at the tender age of 19 in a traffic accident.
Our family was devastated. I was in shock and began drinking to escape the pain.
I found myself spiraling into a self destructive life cycle until August of 95
when I lost my job, I lost my wife and, finally, hit rock bottom.
checked into a rehabilitation facility in the summer of 1995. After my release
on August 16, 1995 I was determined to rebuild my life. It was like a second
chance! I struggled to figure out what I wanted to do during the rest of 1995,
1996 and early 1997 as I held various jobs that brought me no real pleasure. I
didn't really feel like I was contributing anything to society at all. Though I
was alcohol-free I was still not happy because I had no direction.
I was still searching for “my place.” In August of 1997 I was working in a
restaurant. There were a lot of stories and news reports about the 20th anniversary
of “The King’s” death. It was a season of Elvis. The airwaves were filled
with Elvis movies, Elvis documentary shows, almost non-stop Elvis on the oldies
stations in town for several weeks (maybe months.)
One day at work an Elvis song played on the radio and I started to think about
one of the last conversations my brother and I had had some 9 years before. We
were talking about our dreams and plans for the future, when he brought up his
idea of me being an Elvis impersonator. I remember laughing. It seemed too
far-fetched. He really believed that I should do it. All these years later I had
nothing to lose and decided to take his advice and go for it!
Everyone thought I was crazy or had started drinking again! Nobody knew what
secretly inspired me. Not at first that is. I owed that to my beloved brother.
Instead of laughing off the idea I decided it was time to test his theory and
see what I could do...
I started working on the look right away then did my first karaoke show in June
of ’98. It went so well I started looking for a band
immediately. I got lucky and put together a band pretty quick. We got busy right
off the bat and did 100+ shows our first year.
I feel very lucky to have a beautiful wife and 3 great kids who love and support
me. “Little Jamie” (pictured above) is my youngest. He was named after my
little brother James. I'm really lucky to get a chance to live my dream.
My band and I are polished, confident and ready to entertain
your next event. We perform an eerily realistic and energetic Elvis tribute show
with a lot of variety in the play list. Our show includes Country, Blues and
Classic Rock. We look forward to entertaining
you. Let's keep the positive Rock-N-Roll of Elvis Presley alive.
Drop me a line. I try to read my
email every day and I would love to hear from you!"