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Portland musician gets thumbs up from 'X Factor' judges

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland singer James Kenney received four enthusiastic "yes" votes from the panel of judges on Wednesday night's episode of The X Factor on FOX 12.

Kenney's wife and two daughters joined him on stage after his soulful rendition of "Summertime" in front of Simon Cowell and company.

Kenney said he became involved in singing and performing because of his parents.

"I got into a group in Portland when I was 13. We'd sing all over town. We'd sing on street corners, festivals, community colleges, any place that we could," Kenney said. "The bug bit me and it's carried ever since."

This season is Kenney's second time auditioning on The X Factor.

He made it to the top 32 last time, but is looking to make it even further this season. You can follow him on Twitter at @IamJamesKenney.

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