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Dave Fenley
Age (at audition) 34
Sex Male
Act Singer and Guitarist
Seasons 8
Position Reached Semifinalist

Dave Fenley was a singer and guitarist act from Season 8 of America's Got Talent. He was eliminated in the Semifinals in the Judges' Choice.


Dave Fenley was born and raised in the small town of Lufkin, an East Texas town is deeply rooted with religion, family values, and music. At a young age, Dave showed an aptitude for learning melodies and lyrics. As a child, he sang with the children's choir in his Southern Baptist church while his father sang bass in the “big choir.” His father Elton would sing in the home all the time and teach Dave harmonies to all the "good" country songs on the radio. Dave also joined the choir in his elementary school and stayed with it till high school.

In high school, his family moved to Canada, so Dave had a whole different set of influences. No longer surrounded by only country music, Dave found that he loved anything with soul. Starting with Boyz II Men, Dave back tracked to artists like Otis Redding, Ray Charles, and Percy Sledge. Thats when Dave really started using his voice. He began writing songs at the age of fifteen and picked up a guitar at 18. There was no stopping him after that. He taught himself how to play songs he loved and would perform them at bars before he was even legal to drink alcohol.

The next decade was just Dave honing his craft, figuring out what type of artist he would be, and learning that he loved every kind of music. He had a “genre-free philosophy” for his shows so the audience would always be surprised by what would come next. Dave's talent with an audience did not go unnoticed. He has shared the stage with musical royalty like Dwight Yoakam, Miranda Lambert, and Dierks Bentley. Dave currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee and writes songs for a living. 1


Dave Fenley's audition in Episode 805 consisted of singing an acoustic version of "Too Close." Howard SternHeidi KlumMel B, and Howie Mandel all voted "Yes," sending David to the Vegas Round.

Vegas RoundEdit

Dave Fenley was sorted into the "Male Singers" category in the Vegas Round. His performance in Episode 809 consisted of singing Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine" while playing the guitar. Dave's audition was strong enough for the judges to send him to the Quarterfinals along with Marty Brown in the same episode.


Dave Fenley's Week 5 Quarterfinals performance in Episode 818 consisted of singing his version of Ray LaMontagne's "Trouble" while playing the guitar. Dave received enough votes to be sent to the Semifinals in Episode 819 instead of Selena Mykenzie Gordon and Virginia State University Gospel Chorale.


Dave Fenley's Week 1 Semifinals performance in Episode 820 consisted of singing Spice Girls's "Say You'll Be There" while playing the guitar and beatboxing. Dave finished in either sixth or seventh place in America's Vote in Episode 821. In the Judges' Choice, although Mel B voted for him, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, and Howie Mandel did not vote for him, eliminating him from the competition instead of Catapult Entertainment.

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