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All the Best: Jim 'The King' Brown

By Kerry McKittrick

The 49-year-old Elvis tribute artist lives in Newtownabbey with his wife Anne-Marie. They have five grown-up children - Denise, James, Megan, Patrick and Robert.

My best moment

The birth of my five children. I've met and worked with some amazing people, but the experiences I've had since having my children was the best thing I ever did.

My best song

If I Can Dream by Elvis because of his amazing vocal performance. After than it's Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf which is a masterpiece from start to finish.

My best way to relax

Going to America for a month every year. When I was a child there were schemes which sent children growing up here during the Troubles to the States. The people I stayed with in Minnesota - Bob Dylan country - became like a second family to me. They have a cabin there where I love to fish. It's lovely, so peaceful and relaxing.

My best job

Before I got a record deal I worked for Royal Mail for 15 years which wasn't a job I enjoyed. So being a successful artist has been amazing. Robbie Williams came to my dressing room once as he wanted to meet me. Another was playing TFI Friday which I've done six times and the South by South West Festival in Texas, which is the largest music festival in the world.

My best bit of advice

Always be true to yourself - but I can't remember who told me this. I toured with shows and the Gravelands album for five years, but I took my foot of the gas when I realised it was taking its toll on my family. I felt guilty being away all the time so I came home. They're all grown up now so I might try and make up for lost time.

My best movie

I'm a big Robert De Niro fan so it's Once Upon A Time in America. It was made by Sergio Leone and Ennio Morricone did the soundtrack - it's a wonderful thing.

My best gift

A CD which Robbie Williams gave me - the soundtrack to the movie Get Carter which starred Michael Caine. That was a good one. I also have Huey Morgan's sunglasses - he's the frontman from the Fun Loving Criminals.

My best achievement

Being able to make a career out of something I really love for such a long time. I never dreamed I would be able to make a living out of this.

My best buy

My Elvis record collection which I've been buying for years. Others have bigger collections but they buy all the different releases of the records instead of just one.

My best book

The book I always keep beside the bed is the Bible. You have to eat food for physical nourishment, but when I read scripture it's nourishment in a spiritual sense.

Jim 'The King' Brown will be performing with his Gospel Choir at St Anne's Cathedral, Belfast, on Friday, April 21 in the Two Sides of Elvis concert. Tickets can be bought directly from St Anne's Cathedral or from musicglue.com

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