Family and friends: 'Jason will go on to bigger things'

2009-05-04 00:00

“A lot of good came out of the competition even though he didn’t win,” said Sam Hartman, the father of our local idol Jason.

“He brought a lot of attention to our hometown. He brought a lot of attention to the band too,” he said, referring to the family’s band, Justus. “He’s gained support all over the country and a lot of big opportunities have come up … The competition has been a huge blessing for us.”

Hartman also said the experience was a blessing on a personal level too. “It brought our fragmented family together for the first time in years – under one big musical roof.”

Jason was the first KZN contestant in the history of M-Net’s Idols to make it to the finale, which took place on Sunday night.

His father said although he is disappointed that the former Howick High hopeful did not win the competition, he is not worried about the future of his son’s musical career.

“Jason has been working for this for the past 10 years, so he won’t stop.”

The 29-year-old’s long-time friend, Katherine Langley, agreed. “Just because he came out second doesn’t mean that his career is hindered at all.”

Langley, who has known Jason since grade 8, said she was shocked that Jason didn’t win because of all the support he had. “The amount of support behind him was unbelievable,” she said. “There was just such a drive for him to win …

“I didn’t cry when I found out, but a lot of my friends said they cried all night after the winner was announced. It was quite funny — but very sad,” she added.

Her father, Rob Langley, who is Jason’s former principal, said the atmosphere at Howick High yesterday morning was “quite sombre”.

“We all hoped he would win, but this won’t change him at all,” he said.

“Jason will always be the same easygoing guy that he always has been … He’s gotten so much support, and we will certainly continue to support him.”

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