One night with Conway

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Trevor Stoyko

Record Staff

Fifty million albums sold. Over 100 major music awards. A man who had over 55 number one hits.

His name is Conway Twitty. Conway died in July of 1993 at the age of 59 years. Another Canadian award winner is keeping his legend alive.

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Eight-time Canadian Country music association award nominee and CCMA Vocalist of the year, Gil Grand, presents “One Night with Conway.”

“When you love something it shows,” Grand said for his love of Conway’s music. “When I learned how to write and sing songs when I learned how to play guitar, I molded myself around him. He was my dad’s and my grandmother’s favorite singer. I just learned all of his songs,” Grand admits.

Grand has had his own career, singing songs that he has written and has toured the world doing so. It wasn’t until recently, after recording five of Twitty’s songs, that the idea of a tribute show, sprang into his head.

“I went into the studio and cut five of his number ones. After I recorded them and sat back and listened to them, then did I realize, they do have that Conway sound and some similarities there,” Grand said.

Grand says he gets great feedback from fans of Conway’s music. They will come up to him after the show and say they have never heard anyone sound so much like the legendary artist.

Grand is a personal friend of Ronnie McDowell, a country artist from Nashville, who opened many shows for Conway, He told Grand that he has a lot of Conway in his style.

“Ronnie said Conway was a fan of a great song. He would always talk about himself in a third person. He would say this is a good song for Conway. Most of those songs, were about sex,” chuckled Grand.

“If you look at the titles and the lyrics of his hits, songs like, Slow Hand, Hello Darlin’, Tight Fitting Jeans, and so many more, they all had a similar theme that worked for him and made him a legend,” Grand said.

Conway had a certain look and a certain style.

“If you were to do a silhouette of Conway you would have the hair, the microphone, and the head tilted slightly. You just saw that you knew it was Conway. He wasn’t the tall, strapping, good looking guy but the women loved him because of what he sang about,” chuckled Grand.

The Conway Twitty Tribute show featuring Gil Grand showcases more than 25 of Conway Twitty’s biggest hits. Also in the show, mixed with the stories behind the songs and interviews with people that knew Conway best. The show is backed by award-winning musicians complete with classic country wardrobe back to the time when Conway Twitty ruled country music.

For tickets to the March 23 show at the Fort Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Legion, please call 780-998-3466.

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