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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Two music groups are joining forces to share a little Graceland across the U.S. Gospel group Mark209 and international Elvis tribute artist Mark Anthony are collaborating on a new album and show.

    Mark209 is a country gospel group from Nashville Tennessee. Mark Anthony is an international Elvis Presley tribute artist from Australia.

    The duo is starting a new show called "From Graceland to the Promised Land".

    The two groups are combining because they want to teach their audiences about the roots of Elvis' music: gospel music. They are singing traditional Elvis songs, original Mark209 gospel songs, and plenty of hybrid gospel/Elvis songs.

    They are kicking off their national tour on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Benton Event Center. They are starting their show in Arkansas because here is where they are recording their duo album.

    Mark209 is made up of Jym Howe, Ray Woconish, Bryan James Hatton, and Nathaniel Justice. The group is three years old with multiple albums under their belt already. Their name, Mark 209, comes from mile marker 209 on Highway 40, which is known to be the "Heart of Nashville."

    Mark Anthony is an international Elvis tribute artist. He won the title of "Grand Champion Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist of the South Pacific" in 2007. He won the title again in 2008. In 2011, he placed in the top 5 and was awarded the very first "Spirit of Elvis" award presented to him by Elvis Presley Enterprises.

    The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday night at the Benton Event Center. Tickets can be bought ahead of time online at crystalrecordingstudios.com or at the door. Tickets are $15 and children 12 and under are free.

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