Jason Hartman, joint winner of the 2009 Idols competition played an unplugged concert in aid of the Kariega Save the Rhino Foundation as part of his nationwide “All or Nothing” tour.
His story of how he came to enter Idols is fascinating He lost a bet with a group of friends and was challenged to enter the competition at the age of 29 a year before the contest’s cut-off age.
Reluctant at first to enter, he braved the queues and admits that the incredible talent he was competing against overwhelmed him. He nearly gave up but continued to climb up to higher rounds and soon found himself in the top 10 with millions of adoring eyes on him every week. Jason came second to Sasha-Lee but a discrepancy in the voting meant that he was in fact the person with the most votes.
However the title of winner of Idols 2009 was shared between the two gifted singers, the first time in the history of the competition that the accolade has been given to two people. Sasha-Lee collaborated with Jason on a track for his debut album, On The Run (Sony Music) which was released in 2009.
Jason was supported by a wonderful young talent from Port Elizabeth, Stuart Reece. (http://www.facebook.com/stuartreeceband). Watch out for future performances from this exciting new talent.