Neil Haley interviews DAVID E. STANLEY Author of MY BROTHER ELVIS.

Tying in with the 39th Anniversary of Elvis Presley’s passing,ELVIS’ step brother, DAVID E. STANLEY, is releasing his upcoming book titled “MY BROTHER ELVIS,” to on August 16. Stanley is issuing the new release in his ongoing efforts to help those struggling with addiction, as he himself, turned his life around from drug addiction after personally witnessing the passing of his brother. The book also includes a hotline for addiction help.

A very personal story about ELVIS PRESLEY’S last five years of prescription drug addiction struggles, DAVID E. STANLEY, whom “The King” invited to become his bodyguard on the road at age 16, brings his first-hand perspective to the life of the legend the world has come to know. Over the past few decades, Stanley, the author, filmmaker and globally renowned inspirational, business and self-development speaker has inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the world with cautionary tales of the dark side of Elvis, which ultimately led to his demise. Now, with the release of “MY BROTHER ELVIS,” Stanley further loosens the mystery and opens up candidly about his years as part of Elvis’ family and road entourage.
Los Angeles, CA (May 25, 2016)—David E. Stanley, Elvis Presley’s step brother whom Elvis took under his wing as a young adolescent to work with him on tour in the 70’s, will release his new book, My Brother Elvis, worldwide on Amazon on August 16. A very personal story about Elvis Presley’s last years of addiction struggles, the book release coincides with the 39th Anniversary of Elvis’ tragic passing at Graceland on August 16, 1977. Stanley is issuing the new release in his ongoing efforts to help those struggling with addiction, as he himself, turned his life around from drug addiction after the passing of his brother. The book also includes a hotline for addiction help.

David E. Stanley, whom “The King” invited to become his bodyguard on the road at age 16, brings his first-hand perspective to the life of the legend the world has come to know. Over the past few decades, the author, filmmaker and globally renowned inspirational, business and self-development speaker has inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the world with cautionary tales of the dark side of Elvis, which ultimately led to his demise. Now, with the release of My Brother Elvis, Stanley further loosens the mystery and opens up candidly about his years as part of Elvis’ family and road entourage.

“I hope that these revelations of my time with Elvis might save others from the pain I suffered during the final years of his life,” Stanley says. He continues, “It’s my way of reaching out to those who loved Elvis in the hopes of touching their lives as much as he touched mine. I felt it was my responsibility to write a book about these realities of Elvis beyond the glitz, glamour and fun. He was human, and his very human frailties and vulnerabilities cost him his life. If addiction could happen to Elvis, it can happen to anyone.”

Though My Brother Elvis is the rawest, most personal and hard hitting of Stanley’s works, the author has drawn inspiration from his years with his famous stepbrother in several previous bestselling books. The Elvis Encycopedia was the first complete and authenticated compendium containing everything there was to know about the singer’s personal and professional life. Other works include the New York Times bestseller Elvis, We Love You Tender; Raised On Rock; Restoring My Father’s Honor; and Conversations With The King: Journals Of A Young Apprentice.

After many years as speaker for numerous associations and corporations, Stanley launched Impello Entertainment, a multi-faceted umbrella organization for all “Elvis and David” related intellectual projects, including his books and films. He wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed 2007 film Protecting the King, and is currently producing, along with Academy Award winning producer Gene Kirkwood (Rocky, The Pope of Greenwich Village), his next feature titled Growing Up Graceland.

“I have chosen to share my stories about Elvis and my past, even as dark as they can be, only if they can serve to communicate a positive, hopeful message that can help people,” says Stanley. He continues, “Nobody loved Elvis more than I did. I wrote My Brother Elvis to humanize him not only for longtime fans passionate about him and his music, but also for young people, to make sure they realize that while life with ‘The King’ was often pretty cool, there was also a high price to pay for the party.”

For more information check out:

Official “My Brother Elvis” website: http://mybrotherelvis.com

“My Brother Elvis” Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyBrotherElvisTheFinalYears

Official David E. Stanley website: http://www.davidestanley.com/

David E. Stanley Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DavidEStanley

Impello Entertainment website: http://www.impelloentertainment.com

Nearly 40 years since the death of Elvis Presley, The King of Rock and Roll endures as a transcendent, ever-inspirational cultural icon, fascinating generation after generation with his music, films, live performances, charismatic persona and a mystique that continues to hold our collective imaginations captive.
As Elvis’ adoring stepbrother, whom The King invited to become his bodyguard on the road at age 16, David E. Stanley brings a powerful, often harrowing perspective to the life of the legend we thought we knew. Over the past few decades, the bestselling author, filmmaker and globally renowned inspirational, business and self-development speaker has inspired hundreds of thousands of people around the world with cautionary tales of the dark side of Elvis, which ultimately led to his demise – also sparking Stanley’s own spiritual journey out of the darkness. Now, with the highly anticipated release of My Brother Elvis (subtitled, The Final Years), Stanley further loosens the mystery and opens up candidly about his years as part of Elvis’ family and road entourage. The book is set for publication on August 16, 2016, the 39thanniversary of the iconic singer’s tragic passing.

More than simply a colorful personal memoir of the last five years of Elvis’ life, My Brother Elvis chronicles the contrasting realities of the singer’s greatest triumphs, and his toughest tribulations, including his devastating battles with addiction. A thoughtful and painfully honest storyteller, Stanley shares an intimate narrative of love, compassion, addiction and devotion, fueled by his desire to help people dealing with addiction and their loved ones who are suffering alongside them. Unbeknownst to many, Elvis was the ultimate giver to those around him, and in this spirit, Stanley lays bare the dark, terrifying realities of addiction in the hopes of helping addicts to recover successfully from this often-fatal disease. At the conclusion of the narrative, he includes hotline numbers in which people can call for help with drug abuse.

“I hope that these revelations of my time with Elvis might save others from the pain I suffered during the final years of his life,” Stanley says. “It’s my way of reaching out to those that loved Elvis in the hopes of touching their lives as much as he touched mine. I’ve been a rock and roller all my life, and this book is a rock and roll story with a message. I felt it was my responsibility to write a book about these realities of Elvis beyond the glitz, glamour and fun. He was human, and his very human frailties and vulnerabilities cost him his life. If addiction could happen to Elvis, it can happen to anyone.”

Though My Brother Elvis is the rawest, most personal and hard hitting of Stanley’s works, the author has drawn inspiration from his years with his famous stepbrother in several previous bestselling books. The Elvis Encyclopedia (1994) was the first complete and authenticated (and heavily illustrated) compendium containing everything there was to know about the singer’s personal and professional life. Other works include the New York Times bestseller Elvis, We Love You Tender, Raised on Rock, Restoring My Father’s Honor, and the 2012 volume Conversations with the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice, an uplifting chronicle of Stanley’s 17-year spiritual journey with Elvis which puts the spotlight on The King that few knew and all can learn from.

My Brother Elvis begins with personal recollections of Stanley’s troubled childhood, and the unusual family transition that occurred for him and his brothers Billy and Ricky when his mother married Elvis’ recently widowed father Vernon in 1960. Elvis was a stabilizing force in Stanley’s life when he up opened the door to purpose and focus by inviting Stanley to become part of his famous entourage, and began grooming him to be a bodyguard. Elvis had even asked him to become a “narc” at his high school after the historic meeting with President Nixon in which the singer was “sworn in” as an undercover agent in the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

Though Stanley enjoys sharing some lighthearted anecdotes and uplifting moments reflecting the balance Elvis struck between being his loving brother/mentor and strict disciplinarian, the most hard-hitting elements of My Brother Elvis involve the drug episodes. The author chronicles the horrifying moment when Elvis, in a drug induced rage, threatened two of his intimates at gunpoint. The teenager’s eyes were opened at this moment to the darker truths, which included Elvis’ doctor tagging along to give him any drug he needed at any time — to help him through the breakneck performance and travel schedule. During these years, Stanley had access to a wide variety of substances and developed his own addictions. Perhaps the hardest chapter for Elvis fans to read will be the one about the day he died. Stanley was there at Graceland on August 16, 1977 and reveals the stark, harrowing details of that day – including Vernon mourning over his only son’s lifeless body.

Stanley concludes the book with a bold declaration that set him on a course of transformation and inspiration – and a mission and message to help, uplift and motivate others – after that tragic day. “His death,” Stanley writes, “was my resurrection, his passing my wake up call to my road to redemption.” Sometime in 1980, Stanley “woke up” and realized that if he didn’t get a grip on his own substance abuse (pot, coke and alcohol), he would perhaps be next. That year, he embraced his mother’s faith, gave his life to Christ and – at the prompting of his brother Ricky, an ex-addict turned Christian – went to work for James Robinson Ministries in Ft. Worth, TX. “In just a few years, I went from life with the King of Rock and Roll to life with the King of Kings,” he says.

Inspired by the impact his personal testimony had on his first audience in Amarillo, Texas, Stanley embarked on a new life as a storyteller, motivator and up-lifter of souls (he preferred these terms to “evangelist,” though his message was Christ-centered), sharing his testimony before appreciative audiences 48 weekends a year at middle schools, high schools, colleges and churches throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. In the early 80s, Stanley launched his own organization, “David Stanley Communications,” continuing this gratifying, inspirational work through the late 90s. Including media appearances in both the U.S. and Europe, he estimates that he has shared his story of triumph over adversity with over one million people worldwide.

After several years using his gifts as a speaker and communicator for numerous associations and corporations, Stanley launched Impello Entertainment, a multi faceted umbrella organization for

all “Elvis and David” related intellectual projects, including his books and films. He wrote, produced and directed the critically acclaimed 2007 film “Protecting the King,” and is currently producing, along with Academy Award winning producer Gene Kirkwood (“Rocky,” “The Pope of Greenwich Village”) his next feature, “Growing Up Graceland.” He is also working on “Predator in the Pulpit,” a docudrama expose on 80s televangelists. Stanley is also a partner in a Nashville based country music publishing company.

As a keynote speaker and consultant, Stanley’s powerful programs, contagious passion and unprecedented communication skills help individuals eliminate ego and embody the greatness of their authentic selves. His renowned presentations include “Dream, The Impossible Dream,” incorporating his story of growing up with and working for Elvis; “Embrace Your Greatness,” which includes the sharing of the spiritual side of his stepbrother and spiritual journey he went on with him; “What Do You Want To Be,” Stanley’s high energy story of triumph over adversity and personal formula for personal and professional success; and “From The Mind to the Marketplace,” a tool packed program designed to encourage, equip and empower audiences to take their ideas and concepts to the global market.

“Of all the music Elvis ever recorded, his favorite was gospel, and he used his God-given gifts as a singer and performer to share his faith and the Gospel in song,” says Stanley. “He believed that having a gift and not utilizing it was the biggest sin of all. I learned many years ago that God gave me a gift as a speaker and storyteller. I have chosen to share my stories about Elvis and my past, even as dark as they can be, only if they can serve to communicate a positive, hopeful message that can help people. Nobody loved Elvis more than I did. I wrote My Brother Elvis to humanize him not only for longtime fans passionate about him and his music, but also for young people, to make sure they realize that while life with The King was often pretty cool, there was also a high price to pay for the party.”