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E.William born July 1979, Ernest William Perry Pierce, was born and raised in Detroit, MI. His father left when he was young, so it was always a struggle for his mother, Cassandra, to raise three children on her own. There were many times where they were living on the streets yet Cassandra always found a way to take care of Ernest and his siblings, always making sure that they had something to eat and some sense of security in their lives. Ernest acquired his work ethic from his mother’s example. During this time of struggle, the only peace Ernest found was singing in his mother’s choir at a local Baptist church. This was his first exposure to music and it was apparent to everyone right away, that he had a gift for singing. This singing group performed throughout many different cities and it became obvious to Ernest that he had found his passion in life. Up to this point in his life, he had only experienced joy when he was on stage performing. It was pretty clear what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. However, times were tough in Detroit and living on the streets was not a life for children. So Ernest’s mother packed up the family and moved them out to Salt Lake City, UT (1987). The family settled in, reestablishing themselves with a local church; the Faith Temple Pentecostal Church. Here they found friends and church members that welcomed them with open arms. Ernest kept singing and started to make a name for himself through church performances and his angelic voi