From an early age, Craig Lucas dreamt of becoming a singer, but his mother, Jenny, had made him promise that he would first get a University education, which he did. Last night, the 24 year old overachiever’s childhood dream came true when he was crowned the winner of The Voice SA.
It might not seem like it, but Craig did not have an easy life. He grew up in a part of Elsies River called Clarke Estate. Those that grew up in Elsies River can confirm that it is a hard place, but Clarke Estate is an even harder place. It is even harder for a boy without a father.
When he was 3, he lost his father and Jenny had to raise Craig and his brother by herself. Jenny however, was a strong, supportive and hardworking woman. She strove to make sure that her sons had everything they needed; moulding young Craig into the man he is today.
He attended Elsies River High, a school that has a reputation for creating academic achievers with celebrated musical talents. Described as a quiet and shy, he was a member of the acclaimed Elsies River High Band and matriculated top of his class.
Keeping the promise he made to his mom, he went on to complete a degree in economics. Last year he completed a BCom Honours degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management, passing with six distinctions.
After graduating, Craig’s future was set for success, but the overachieving Craig still wanted to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a singer. He secretly entered The Voice competition and only told his mom after he had made it through to the blind auditions. He asked her to come with him to Johannesburg which made her feel ecstatic. She says that she was also excited about flying for the first time in her life.
Of his success in the competition, Craig admits that he did not really expect to make it this far. He nearly quit the auditions but he faced his fears and continued to impress the judges who were blown away by his singing talents. Jenny never stopped believing in him and considers herself to be his most loyal supporter, attending every show and shouting her lungs out to support him. She says that when he was little, she had to ask him to go bed because he would sing to himself until late at night.
Craig walked away with a Universal Music recording contract with Universal Music; R250 000 cash prize from Dialdirect; Samsung merchandise; a Subaru Impreza 2.0 Premium CVT, and a R100 000 Truworths voucher.
Jenny believes that Craig has touched many lives and will make a difference in the lives of the kids that can identify with him. When was still young, she asked him what he wanted to be in life. He replied that he wanted to change his circumstances and become a success in life. It is safe to say, he succeeded.
Source: IOL (edited), other