06:02AM, Monday 29 April 2013
A soul singer who nurtured his talent in Windsor was picked by pop legend Sir Tom Jones for his team on a popular television vocal contest on Saturday.
Jamie Bruce won a place in the next stage of The Voice after performing Try a Little Tenderness by Otis Redding in the Blind Auditions in front of millions.
The 34-year-old had the enviable choice of joining either forces with Will.I.Am or Sir Tom Jones for the battle stage.
Jamie was brought up in Winkfield Road until he was 21, where his family still live, and attended the now closed Haileybury Junior School in Imperial Road.
The 6ft5 inch tall singer told the express: "It was one of the best nights of his life and it was so daunting walking out on stage.
The Henley-on-Thames resident said he can't wait for the battle stage where he will compete against others in a knock-out round.
Jamie says he has always dreamed of being a professional singer and has been working four jobs as a chef, a carpet fitter, doorman and a landscape gardener to keep it alive.
He has previously tried to crack the big time by appearing on Pop Idol 10 years ago and made the boot camp stage of the X-Factor two years ago.
He said The Voice is a totally different musical contest show to others he has appeared on.
The Voice will air again on BBC One on Saturday night.
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