Elvis Blue Biography
With an average of 133 live performances a year, 3 platinum and 1 gold selling albums and a long list of top 10 hits to his credit, Elvis Blue is reckoned to be one of the most successful artists in South Africa. In 2010, Elvis was the winner of M-Net’s SA Idols who unselfishly shared half his winnings with runner-up Lloyd Cele. Elvis’s first album released after this achievement today enjoys platinum sales status with sales in excess of 50 000 copies as well as a 2012 SAMA for Best Adult Contemporary Album.
To this day the artist continues to gain acclaim both with audiences and critics as he is recognised for his performing and song writing talents. 2013 had Elvis win another 3 SAMA’s for his album JOURNEY , for Male Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year and Song Of The Year (“LIFELINE”). September 2013 saw the release of “AFRIKAANS”, an album that made Elvis the first Afrikaans artist to scale the Top Ten of the iTunes Store chart – an honour he managed on the first day of the Album’s release. This album was certified a Gold-selling album a mere two months later and Elvis walked away with 2 Ghoema’s, namely for BEST MALE ARTIST and ALBUM OF THE YEAR, the highest honours in Afrikaans music.
In September of 2014 this album achieved PLATINUM status. Hot on the heels of this achievement was yet another SAMA for this home grown talent, for BEST CONTEMPORARY ALBUM for “Afrikaans” and then a TEMPO award, once again giving “AFRIKAANS” the title of Album of the Year. 2015 saw Elvis once again excel in his creative exploits. The release of his single “Shine” once again made him the top selling SA Artist on iTunes in its first week of release and set the tone for another exciting year. Since its release Elvis’s second Afrikaans Album whimsically named “Êrens in die middel van nêrens” has been consistently climbing the SA TOP 100 Album Charts based on sales, with the first two singles receiving top 10 radio play. This Album has also reached Gold Status.
In 2015 Elvis was honoured by piers in the industry after winning the coveted Wawela Music award for Best Male Artist & Composer. Within his field he continues to be a force for good, striving to raise awareness as a CANSA ambassador, and channelling funds and effort towards both the Casterbridge Music Academy in Whiteriver and Life Community Services in George. His own initiative, called The Cookiejar, has enabled people who attend his shows to give directly towards specific projects by simply dropping their change in a cookie jar. Elvis shares the target or project goal during the shows, harnessing the collective power of good to address areas of need.
Most recently Elvis broke yet another record, this time for the highest number of Ghoema nominations for any single artist in the history of this award. He then promptly went on to win the most Ghoema awards ever in the 5 year history of the awards, in the following categories:
- Album of the year: Erens in die Middel van Nerens
- Male Artist of the year
- Best Music Video: Elvis Blue – Die Hemel (regie deur Ryan Kruger)
- Best Songwriter
- Best Contemporary Album by a Male Artist: Elvis Blue – Erens in die Middel van Nerens
- Best Live DVD: Laurika Rauch & Elvis Blue – Hart en See
- Ringtone of the year: Elvis Blue – Die Hemel which was downloaded more than 280 000 times.
The album in question also won a SAMA in 2016 for Album of the year, making Elvis Blue the only Idols winner to ever win at least one SAMA for each album released.
Elvis Blue is a man with a mission – and no doubt this gifted artist and songwriter will enchant more listeners this year with his magical music and create more and more number one hits!
Elvis’s latest release, OPTICS, has already garnered much favour with audiences thanks to singles such as SHINE and THE TIDE, and won OFM Album of the year 2016.