Lufkin native's future on 'America's Got Talent' determined

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin native Dave Fenley's run on 'America's Got Talent' came to an end during Wednesday night's live broadcast of the show. Fenley performed in the show's semifinal round Tuesday night.

Fenley's parents, Elton and Theta, were at Jim Ann's in Lufkin Tuesday night for a watch party during the live broadcast of the show. Fenley's parents, who have been to three tapings of the show, said that it has been a surreal experience watching their son live out his dream.

In a previous East Texas News story, Fenley described his sound as 'Texas Soul." Back in July, Fenley received the "thumbs-up" sign from judges Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, and Mel B during the show's Las Vegas round.

According to his website, Fenley is compared to Joe Cocker and Otis Redding. He began singing at the age of 2 and began performing and writing his own songs with a band he formed in high school.

Fenley said in a previous story that he moved to Canada after junior high and came back to East Texas when he attended college at SFA. He toured all over Texas for the past 15 years before he moved to Nashville five months ago.

"When they told me I was going to Radio City, it was pretty amazing," Fenley said. "As an entertainer of any kind, going to that stage is a dream."

"America's Got Talent" airs Tuesday and Wednesdays at 8 p.m.

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