Rayshun LaMarr: "Imagine"
Hometown: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Resident: Fort Washington, Maryland
Rayshun made the decision to dedicate his life to music very early on. He studied vocal performance at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, but after receiving a callback for "The Lion King" on Broadway, Rayshun dropped out of school. Despite not getting the part, he threw himself into the music scene. Then, it all came to a screeching halt when he was diagnosed with lymphoma and multicentric Castleman's disease, a rare genetic disorder. Rayshun lost much of his hearing, vision and voice. After two years of intense treatment, Rayshun is cancer-free and has regained his sight, hearing and vocals, enabling him to start performing again.