You won’t believe your eyes – or ears – when Ted Vigil takes the stage as the legendary John Denver.
The accomplished tribute artist will perform the late singer’s music when he returns to the Opera House after a near sell-out performance in 2012.
Vigil has always had a love of music and the stage. The Seattle native began singing for audiences at an early age. He started in the chuch folk band at the age of 8 and continued singing in musical productions in high school.
In 1990 he began writing, recording and performing his own original compositions. In 2006, Vigil competed against performers from 28 states, New Zealand, Australia and Canada to win first place in “Talent Quest ’06” in Laughlin, Nev.
After his win, and after years of hearing how much he resembles the legendary Colorado musician, he began to play a John Denver tribute show. He sang his way across the U.S. and in 2007 shared the stage with Keith Anderson, Jeff Bates and Kevin Sharp on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s annual “Travelin’ Kountry Kruz.” That same year, he won a “Celebrity Look-Alike” contest in Seattle for looking like … you guessed it, John Denver.
Three years later, Vigil met Denver’s lead guitarist, Steve Weisberg. A bond was formed and the two began to tour together in a special tribute to the iconic pop star. The two toured together until Weisberg’s death from lymphatic cancer in 2014.
In less than a decade, Vigil’s performance has developed into an act with a national appeal, featured at casinos, night clubs, fairs, festivals and with symphonies across the U.S.
He certainly has found his niche. The comment most often heard following one of his concerts is “I can’t believe how much he looks and sounds like John Denver … it really takes me back!”