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.
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 Fenley's Week 5 Quarterfinals performance in Episode 818 consisted of singing his version of Ray LaMontagne's "Trouble" while playing the guitar.
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 Fenley's audition in Episode 805 consisted of singing an acoustic version of "Too Close." Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel all voted "Yes," sending David to the Vegas Round.