ROANOKE,Va. -

A Roanoke man is trying to sing his way to the top of a national competition. Maurice Johnson needs your help in the WE tv singing competition, Raise Your Voice.

Johnson says he was watching the reality show Mary Mary, which follows the life of the gospel group. When he saw they were having a contest he said he had to enter. And to his surprise, he made the top 20.

“The reason why I decided to enter because school, things just weren't working out. And I was trying to find something to kind of keep myself going. When I was younger music was my outlet,” said Johnson.

Johnson needs to be voted into the top ten in make it into the final round of judging. If he wins, he'll get to perform at this year's Essence Festival in New Orleans. To vote click here: http://www.wetv.com/raise-your-voice/browse/detail/3400233791001