Wally Dreesen survived the first cut this week for Greer Idol 6. He is a landscaper, but has been involved in dinner theaters and stage performances for years. He has produced and performed in his own dinner theaters, which were organized to help those with special needs.
Wally Dreesen is among the 11 performers at Greer Idol 6 who surived the first round competiion. They perform tonight at 8 p.m. Three more singers will be eliminated to get the field down to 8 entering Freedom Blast scheduled Saturday, June 30.
Dreesen and Greer Idol’s other 10 singers perform at 8 tonight on stage at Victoria and Trade streets. Greer Idol Teen begins at 6 and the Rock and Roll Reunion Band begins its performance at 7 p.m.
Dreesen, the senior member of this year’s Idol performers, took time to answer questions heading into tonight's second round of Greer Idol.
How did you get into music?
I got into music as a kid. My father played trumpet and taught me to read music in kindergarten.
If you could perform with anyone, who would it be?
My mother. She was a singer and I never got to perform with her.
How does it feel to perform live?
Oh man, it's the best thing I've experienced. It's like my peaceful place. You know, some people go on a walk in the woods or fly an airplane to find their peaceful place. The stage is mine.
Did you take vocal lessons?
Well, I majored in college in vocal performance, so I was taught four years there.
Who/what is your inspiration?
My Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
When you're on stage, whom do you sing for?
I sing for God. I have seven brothers and sisters and I'm the only one with musical abilities. My mother was a singer and my father played trumpet. Through God I was given my parents and my talent.
Where's your favorite place to perform?
Oh, wow! That's a hard one. I guess since this is Greer Idol, I'd have to say the Greer Idol stage.