Matt Cordell has chosen to perform his "All of Me" Variety Show at the Historic Gem Theater, in Etowah, before any other theaters or venues. It will feature Matt Cordell & the Pigeon Forge …
Matt Cordell has chosen to perform his "All of Me" Variety Show at the Historic Gem Theater, in Etowah, before any other theaters or venues.
It will feature Matt Cordell & the Pigeon Forge Players Band on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., when Matt's intro will be “All of Me," featuring Matt as Matt, performing favorite songs he has sung over the last 25 years across the U.S.A. and in numerous counties.
Cordell grew up in the Chattanooga area, where he begin performing as a young man in church; than with gospel groups, and solo. He got a big start singing at the Chattanooga Choo Choo's Station House with well known singer/entertainer, James Rogers.
He performed at Dollywood and theaters in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge; he became a regular guest performer for several theaters. He was the opening star at theaters like Smith Theater, Memories, and others, and owned and managed his own as well. Cordell has been performing all across the country this year as well performing numerous shows in theaters in Pigeon Forge.
Cordell has been the recipient of numerous awards, including three world first place Elvis Tribute Awards through Elvis Presley Enterprises; and several dozen First Place National competition Awards. He has won Best Vocalist and Best Entertainer in Pigeon Forge several times, as well as numerous other awards in the entertainment field.
Cordell has been performing at the Historic Gem Theater for the last 14 years, many times for back-to-back Saturday and Sunday shows. He has been the first singer to perform to completely sold-out crowds at the Gem Theater in over 25 years, and continues to fill the theater.
“The Historic Gem Theater is one of my very favorite theaters to perform in. The acoustics are perfect and I love the layout of the theater; its history and the fact its had so many shows, plays and all performing on the stage," Cordell said. "People love to come and see our Gem Theater performances; they show so much love for our shows here.”
He went on to say, “I wish I owned this theater; I love it that much, and I would take it back to its original design and make it look really Victorian, it’d be a showplace!”
Cordell has a strong relationship with the Merchants & Friends of Etowah and has assisted them in several "firsts" over the years, beginning with helping to raise money to kick off restoration of the theater and holding shows to help raise funds for children with cancer; than returning to perform several shows to honor our Veterans.
It's not surprising he would choose the Gem Theater in Etowah to be the "first" place he performs this brand new show, which will cover music over his entire career, beginning with the first time he performed on stage at age 8, and adding something from every era his career has taken him.
Cordell said, “This is a brand new show that we will be taking to different venues around the country, beginning with Etowah. Even though its new, its going to have a lot of familiar songs and yes there will be Elvis; maybe even some 'Leather Elvis!'"
He will be accompanied by the Pigeon Forge Players Band, which includes Warren Sublett, Lonnie Rowland, Eric Dockery and Dale Thompson.
Both Lonnie Rowland and Dale Thompson have played with Dolly and Randy Parton and other country music singers; Eric Dockery tours all over the country, often to crowds of a thousand. with the number one Neal Diamond Tribute Artist. Warren Sublett is one of Matt’s best friends, often backing him on guitar for the last 25 years.
Other guests with him will be, his wife, Tasha Cordell, who often joins him for duets on stage; Priscilla Cordell, his mother, who has backed him on stage regularly, from time he was a young man.
His dad, Ken Cordell will also be with him; he always handles the spot light. Matt’s daughter, Madison Cordell begin to join him on stage when she turned thirteen and has continued her own career at theaters in Pigeon Forge; however, she will not be able to join them for the November 10th show.
Merchants event coordinator Maxine Jones said, "It is always exciting for us to plan for Matt Cordell's shows; each and every performance amazes us and out does the previous. Just when we think he doesn't get better than this, Matt Cordell takes the stage and takes our breath away with an absolutely astonishing and mood thrilling all time best ever show! That's why his fans return again and again and why he keeps gathering more and more fans following him!"
This show he calls the “All of Me” variety show on Saturday will be no different. He has been rehearsing this show for several months, choosing songs that fans have said were their favorites and many that have been his favorites that he’s sung in many different theaters, cruise ships, arenas, and out door stages at different type of venues and different cities and countries during the last 25 years.
Jones said, “We are all excited and we can’t stress enough, no one has ever seen this completely new show. Fans and friends, come out and enjoy the excitement Matt Cordell and the Pigeon Forge Players Band are going to create when they take the Gem Theater Stage. You’re going to see music history unfold before they take the road to tour and perform across the country.”
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show opens at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices are Reserve, $20, and General, $15.
Purchase sites include: Reserve, in person at Etowah Community Center; General, at Relics Antiques, Cleveland’ Junktiques in Athens, Linda's Creative Accents in Sweetwater or Starr Mountain Outfitters & Interiors by Design in Etowah.
Both categories of tickets may be purchased online at etowahtn.org until Thursday.
Businesses, organizations or individuals who would like to "Sponsor Veterans" may contact events coordinator Maxine Jones (423-618-0375) for information on how to purchase tickets for veterans and their spouses, or where to donate to pay for advance tickets that will be given to veterans and their spouse.
A representative said, "Matt has helped us to honor our veterans several times, and we look forward to making this another extra special show for them as well."
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