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Former ‘America’s Got Talent’ semifinalist Drew Erwin

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Wearing a tight red shirt he didn’t select, singing a song he didn’t pick and playing an instrument he didn’t choose, Drew Erwin appeared on national TV on “America’s Got Talent.”

“I had kind of a sour attitude the whole time I was up there,” said Erwin, 19, who was a semifinalist on the show in 2012. “I just wanted to be back playing football. I wanted to be back with my friends. I felt like I was missing out on everything at home because I was stuck in a hotel room with my mom.”

He lost to a bird act.

Three years later, Erwin is back on stage performing, but this time because he wants to. He also is working on an EP of his original songs.

He was one of 12 acts featured in the “Here 901 Festival,” which was produced by University of Memphis music industry division students Saturday at the New Daisy. “He’s really got a fantastic voice,” said Ben Yonas, U of M music business professor. “His voice will compete with any pop male vocalist you hear on the radio. I like his voice a lot more than a lot of those you hear. He gets on stage and he looks like he’s been doing it all his life.”

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