Dominicque 'Static' Ellis performs

February 27, 2009 | 5:32 p.m. CST
Dominicque "Static" Ellis performs his song "Block Starrs." “I’m an artist because I can’t stop writing,” Ellis said. Ellis, 20, a seasoned performer, did both a spoken word piece and a rap for the competition. He turned to music and started to write after he was hit by a car at the age of 10 when he was supposed to be in church with his mother.