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SPRING CITY NATIVE TO APPEAR ON AMERICAN IDOL TONIGHT (3/10)

A Spring City youth is heading for the big time…and it starts tonight on American Idol. His name is Drake McCain. And he gets to audition for American Idol tonight (3/10) on ABC.

Drake McCain Taylor — who goes by Drake McCain as his stage name — will sing “Knocks Me Off My Feet” by Stevie Wonder and the gospel hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” before “Idol” judges Lionel Richie, Luke Bryan and Katy Perry.

Drake, 17, is a member of the 2019 class of Rhea County High School, where he sings in the high school chorus. He is the son of Courtney Swafford and Courtney Taylor — yes, both parents have the same first name.

“I’ve been singing since I was 5,” he says, “but I started singing in public at 8 when I had my first solo in the chorus. I sang all the time growing up in church, and ‘Shackles’ by Mary Mary was the first song I sang for church. I knew I was meant for the stage.”


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