It was an all tears day for South Africans as the most emotional performance took place in Sunday’s Voice SA audition. Not only was the audience shocked by the amazing voice of Vernon Barnard, but they were all privileged to feel the story behind his Story of My Life song.
Vernon who was born with degenerative eye disease, glaucoma, totally lost his sight at the age of six years old. But not giving in to the challenges behind his lost of sight, Vernon took up the challenge to develop his gifted voice by taking part in the voice competition. He started singing in.
Not only is Vernon a talented singer, he is a great cricketer and has been selected to play for the under-19 national team and participating in the T20 World Cup in India.
Taking up the stage to sing the Story of my life, the 22-year-old who hails from Strand, wowed the coaches and the audience with his rendition of his One Direction’s,song. In case you missed it, here’s the video again.
Among the coaches amazed by Vernon’s emotional song was Bobby van Jaarsveld – a South African Afrikaans-language pop singer-songwriter and actor who pleaded with Barnard to choose him as his mentor.
Van Jaarsveld started his professional singing career in high school when he was offered a recording contract, and he released his first solo album in his final year.
Taking his first award for the Best Newcomer at the Huisgenoot Tempo Awards in 2006, Van Jaarsveld has continued doing well in what he is best known for.
Van Jaarsveld was visibly moved by Vernon’s performance and felt a strong internal connection with him the moment he started singing.
Other coaches who pledged support to Vernon’s performance are the South African rock singer, guitarist, and songwriter Karen Zoid and Lerato Molapo, known professionally as Lira. They both wanted to have Vernon in their teams but Vernon finally opted for Bob.