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Singing doctor makes American Idol debut

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They call him the singing doctor. He spends his day treating patients at UT Southwestern Medical Center and is hoping to be the next American Idol.

Dr. Calvin Peters' journey to Hollywood began about a year ago.

"I watched American Idol and said to myself, 'I can do that, actually,'" the physical medicine and rehabilitation resident said.

Peters, a former gospel choir member, took voice lessons and sang in a local cover band to prepare. Then in July he auditioned in New Orleans and got called for a follow-up in Baton Rouge. Now he's got a golden ticket.

When his colleagues found out he'd be on Idol, they were stunned.

"I was just in the laundry and they were like, 'Are you going to be on American Idol?' I said yeah and they said, 'Doing what?' I said, 'I'm gonna be singing.' They're like, 'Get outta here. You can sing?'" he said.

While he doesn't sing in his white coat, music has become a way to connect with his physical therapy patients.

"Music touches people's souls and emotional souls. So while there might not be a physical manifestation, music just makes people feel better," he said.

Peters grew up in an adopted family in east Fort Worth. He was the first person in his family to go to college. He paid his way through undergraduate school and then medical school before getting some tragic news about his mother.

"In my second year of medical school she passed away from uterine cancer and it was a month away from when school was ending," he said. "Then after her funeral, then the day after my dad had this massive stroke."

His father has since recovered and was able to cheer him on through the Idol audition process.

Peters never exercised his musical talent publicly until recently. He credits his patients for never giving up, pushing themselves to heal and him to sing.

"I meet a lot of people and people are better than what they think they are. They're stronger than what they think they are. And I just try to be that," he said.

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