A voice that inspires millions to the bone

2014-11-08 00:00

ALTHOUGH his inspiring story has touched millions of people, it’s his voice and scintillating performances that have won the hearts of Idols SA fans.

KwaZulu-Natal’s last hope in the competition, Vincent Bones, will tomorrow battle it out with three other contestants as the singing competition hots up.

Speaking to Weekend Witness shortly after landing from London yesterday, Bones expressed gratitude for the support he has been receiving across the country. “Thank you South Africa for making my dream come true and believing in me. Now I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is so close,” said the 29-year-old from Pietermaritzburg.

“I never thought I would get past the first audition, but God gave me strength. The competition is tough but I am humbled and excited to have made it this far.”

He will perform Stay with me by Sam Smith, John Legend’s You and I and Lionel Richie’s Stuck on You. He said he is ready and looking for forward to tomorrow’s round.

“I love music. I’m a very shy person, but when I get on the stage I become confident instantly.”

Bones, father of a boy, touched people when he told of the challenges he faced in his life. Both of his parents died when he was 12 years old and he became a street kid in Johannesburg. A stint at Boys’ Town helped him turn his life around.

His wife Jillian said she had been working hard canvassing people to vote for him and is confident he will walk away victorious. “I’m very proud of him. By God’s grace he has made it this far. I have been encouraging him to stay focused and do his best at all times,” she said.

Bones worked as the music director, led praise and worship during services, and trained musicians at Eagle Christian Centre in Maritzburg for two years.

Church pastor Julian Naicker described him as a hard-working individual who nurtured and developed his musical talent and was willing to share his knowledge with others.

“Despite his tremendous skill and talent, he maintained an extremely humble and friendly personality. It was nerve-wracking to see him going this far in the competition.”

• khanyisani.dlomo@witness.co.za

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