WARNER ROBINS -- Its 6 a.m. on a frigid January day in Atlanta, and Jacob Poole is standing in a line of tens of thousands of people, shivering and waiting for the cattle call. Its the first time he has auditioned for anything.
Five hours later, the 31-year-old is ushered into a room, where a handful of people are waiting to hear him sing. He isnt nervous. Hes spent the past 25 years singing on a church stage, and he came here on a whim. He will not be crushed if he doesnt make it.
But he does make it. And in the next round, he makes it again. Now, the Warner Robins man will sing for the nation when he performs next week on NBCs hit television show, The Voice. The singing competition, which requires singers to audition in front of artists Christina Aguilera, CeeLo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, airs at 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Poole was still waiting Friday afternoon to find out which day his performance, which was pre-taped, will air.
It was very surreal, Poole said, adding he cannot reveal what happens, but good things are coming.
Born in Florida, Pooles father was in the military, and his family moved to Warner Robins when Poole was young. A graduate of Warner Robins High School, Poole is a preachers son and remembers first singing on stage at 5 years old.
From that point on, it was just a part of who I was, he said.
His father is pastor of New Hope International Church in Fort Valley, and Poole also works at the church as worship leader and director of the musical department. A songwriter, Poole describes his songs as pop/rock with an inspirational message. His music is not necessarily Christian music but is uplifting for people of all backgrounds and beliefs. In fact, his goal is to inspire people, especially those who are from a small town, like he is.
I want to be an inspiration to people who are from a small town and dont think (they) can do anything outside that area, he said. I want to inspire them to reach for all their goals.
Poole has an opportunity to share his talent not just with Middle Georgia but with viewers across the nation. He never wanted to try out for a talent show, but his friends convinced him to travel to Atlanta for The Voice auditions. He agreed, mainly because he believes the show is very legitimate, he said.
While he wasnt nervous at first, the nerves kicked in as Poole passed each audition and realized a spot on a national television show was truly at stake.
This is my moment, he said, and I have to succeed.
To contact writer Jenna Mink, call 256-9751.