Drake Milligan is one of the 11 acts looking to become the next America’s Got Talent champion. The season 17 finale airs September 14, and Drake’s one of the frontrunners. He performed his ultimate crowdpleaser “Sounds Like Something I’d Do” during night one of the finale.
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Drake is no stranger to the stage. He’s been performing for years now. So, who is Drake Milligan? The 24-year-old is a talented country singer based out of Nashville and has dabbled in acting. HollywoodLife has rounded up 5 key things to know about Drake.
1. Drake is an AGT season 17 finalist.
Drake auditioned during the June 7 episode. His performance has over 6 million views on YouTube. He returned for the qualifiers and quickly made it to the finals. He received a standing ovation from the judges. “You are the one to beat!” Heidi Klum said.
2. Drake played Elvis Presley on a CMT show.
Drake starred as the King of Rock and Roll in the 2017 CMT TV series Sun Records. This marked Drake’s acting debut. He moved to Nashville for the series during his senior year of high school.
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3. Drake is from Texas.
Drake was born and raised in Texas. However, he made the move to Nashville permanently when he was 19 years old. “The reason I came to Nashville is because all of my heroes are here. All the guys who wrote and played on my favorite songs are still so good. They wake up every day and want to write the best song they can. I wanted to learn something from every write. Writing with those songwriters was a rite of passage for me,” he said on his official website.
4. Drake has released a debut EP.
Drake dropped his self-titled EP in 2021. He also released the single “Cowgirl for Christmas” in October 2021. He’s currently on tour to promote his music and recently performed at Stagecoach. His debut album, Dallas/Fort Worth, is being released on September 15, 2022.
5. Drake auditioned for American Idol.
He auditioned for American Idol in 2018 but left the competition. “After my audition, I decided that I wasn’t quite ready for that platform yet and that it would be a better step for me to move to Nashville and focus on my music first!” he revealed on Instagram. “It was a very tough decision, and it in no way reflects my experience during the audition process… Everyone on the show was very kind and I feel absolutely blessed and gracious to have been a part of it! Wishing the best of luck to all the talented folks competing on the show. I will be tuning in all season and I hope y’all do the same.”