It may look like legendary country crooner Kenny Rogers is in town on May 31, but it’s actually his doppelganger, Marty Edwards.
Edwards, who began performing in the 70s, was lead singer for a small Canadian-based country band during those years, and as part of the process would at times cover Rogers’ songs.
“(I) never consciously tried to imitate Kenny,” he noted on his website.
In 1998, though, he decided to do a tribute to the musician who had so influenced him and his tastes. During the process, his producer noticed that in addition to looking a lot like Rogers, Edwards also sounded like Rogers.
His journey as a Kenny Rogers cover musician started with a benefit concert, to raise money to help abused children. The short act was intended to be a one-time gig, but was so well received that he ended up repeating the performance over and over – and even once was invited on stage with Rogers at a concert himself.
Edwards’ genes and talent has led him to be seen on the Jay Leno Tonight Show, Oprah, and CNN news.
Edwards is performing at the Performing Arts Centre on May 31, show beginning at 7:30 p.m.