The Voice star Jermain Jackman entertains pupils
With a voice as smooth as silk, Jermain Jackman sang his heart out to a group of 60 performing arts pupils at Cowplain Community School.
The 20-year-old, from Hackney in London, won the BBC singing competition The Voice last year and was coached to victory by international superstar will.i.am.
Jermain is touring schools as he promotes a new album.
Teachers and pupils said they were blown away by his voice.
Ben Harris, 14, said: ‘He’s a good singer, has a great sense of humour and it was brilliant to meet him.’
He’s a good singer, has a great sense of humour and it was brilliant to meet him.
Nicki Craven, marketing manager at the school, said: ‘In real life, it was amazing.
‘It sounded much better in person than it came across on the YouTube video I watched.
After singing two songs from his album, Jermain did a question-and-answer session.
‘It was interested to listen to him speaking,’ said Mrs Craven. ‘He told them when he was in Year 7 he won a singing competition. He spoke about how amazing it was to win the competition.
‘He said he applied to The Voice when he was 16 and got rejected by the producers.
‘But he applied again when he was 18 and got a place.
‘Students can relate to him. He’s had some knockbacks, but he was stressing that when you are knocked down, focus on your goals, get back up and try to achieve your dreams.’
Ellie Ives, 14, said: ‘Jermain encouraged us to work hard for what we want to do.
‘It was inspiring to hear his story.’
Sainsbury’s in Waterlooville organised the visit as Jermain visited the new supermarket last year for the Wave 105 Christmas toy appeal.
Store manager Phil Bridgwater said: ‘It was superb.
‘For a young man he spoke incredibly eloquently and he gave them great motivation to work hard at school and follow their dreams.’