David’s Thibault made his debut on Quebec’s CKOI 102.1 radio station. The 16-year-old’s version of Elvis’s “Blue Christmas” instantly went viral with more than 500,000 views on YouTube.
The teen’s voice is simply stunning. As an Elvis impersonator, he has perfected the look, the moves, and the rich, deep voice. In addition to singing, Thibault is also a talented musician. In his radio station performance, the teen accompanies the song with his acoustic guitar.
The original “Blue Christmas” was written by Billy Haynes and Jay W. Johnson. The Christmas ballad chronicles the tale of a broken heart. The song was first recorded by Doye O’Dell in 1948. However, Ernest Tubb’s country version made the song an instant classic.
As reported by 101.9 lite FM, Elvis covered the classic in 1957. Omitting one of the original verses and adding his own unique style, the updated version became an instant hit. Although Elvis’ version is one of the most beloved, the song was also covered by The Beach Boys, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, Billy Idol, Reba McEntire, and Dean Martin.
There are over “65 significant recorded versions” of the Christmas classic. The song has won at least four awards for the haunting lyrics and simple, but beautiful accompanying music.
Although there are several versions, David Thibault chose the style made famous by the King of Rock and Roll.
“Blue Christmas” is covered by numerous artists, featured in movies and on television, and performed during Christmas programs worldwide. However, for many fans, the song will always be associated with Elvis Presley.
Thibault’s hobby as an Elvis impersonator made it easy for him to decide which song to feature on the radio program. Not only was it a simple choice, it was the perfect choice.
David Thibault is a talented young man with a rich and unforgettable voice. It will be interesting to see how he develops as an artist.
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