NORTH AUGUSTA — Dezmond Chavous, a freshman at North Augusta High School, is the new North Augusta Idol, having won the annual talent show's top honor Tuesday evening.

Chavous, whose parents are Pete and Tiffany Chavous, got an enthusiastic reception via his dramatic presentation of "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know," a song made famous by Donnie Hathaway. 

"I started singing in church, at about the age of 5," Chavous later recalled, acknowledging Beulah Grove Baptist Church, in Augusta, as his home congregation. He said this was his third time of performing in North Augusta Idol.

Describing himself as "a very young guy with a very old soul," he named such singers as Hathaway, James Brown and Ray Charles as being among his favorite performers. "Any song that will move me, I'm on it."