Gary Pool, from Chingford, will perform on BBC's The Voice

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Soul singer Gary Poole Soul singer Gary Poole

A soul-singing music teacher is set to perform on TV show The Voice.

Gary Poole, of Friday Hill in Chingford, is a full-time musician specialising in soul and jazz music, and a part-time university lecturer. 

The 47-year-old has had various music releases and number one singles in UK soul charts but has never had the opportunity to televise his talent.

"Being on The Voice is a massive profile raise and another injection into my career. I wanted to appear on the show to show my talent and give the soul scene the boost it needs to put it back on the map," he said.

He will be performing a version of ‘Valerie’, written by The Zutons and recorded by the late Amy Winhouse, on Saturday night’s BBC1 show.

The former pupil of Leytonstone’s Cann Hall Primary School and Tom Hood School toured the world with urban soul group D’Influence and once supported Prince and Michael Jackson at Wembley Arena.

The father-of-three teaches music harmony and vocal technique at the London Centre of Contemporary Music in London Bridge.

He will feature on the show’s last blind audition on BBC1 at 7pm.

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