Jordon Poole wins Travers Rising Stars 2022

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Singer-songwriter Jordon Poole, 26, won Travers Rising Stars 2022. Glastonblaby festival hosted the final of Travers Rising Stars 2022 in front of an enthusiastic audience at Leicester Lions RFC in Blaby in the blazing sunshine.

Each finalist performed a 15-minute set on the Harborough FM Stage. After much deliberation by the independent judging panel led by Leicester-based Kade Smith, 2018 finalist of BBC The Voice, the result was announced by Nick Hart, the winner of Travers Rising Stars 2021.

Kieran Forsey, Trustee of The Travers Foundation and Chairman of Travers Rising Stars, adds, “The standard of the entries to Travers Rising Stars was remarkable. It was a very close result as all finalists were exceptional; we have a worthy winner in Jordon Poole. It’s been a tough job initially reducing over 50 entries this year to the finalists and then to the ultimate winner.”

As the winner, Jordon Poole was invited onto the Main Stage to perform his winner’s set.

Jordon was thrilled with the result, “Travers Rising Stars challenged me. I write songs with my brother Dan and arrange them with a great electric guitarist, Marcus Houghton. As I was performing solo at Travers Rising Stars, I didn’t want to use backing tracks, so I rearranged one of these songs, “Addicted”, and performed it live for the first time. I am proud that this helped me win.”

Jordon now gets to travel to the Under The Apple Tree Studio. This venue was created by Northampton-born Whispering Bob Harris of Radio 2 & Old Grey Whistle test fame. Jordon will record a live video of his set accompanied by Dan & Marcus. He will also visit HQ Recording in Leicester to record his first professionally produced single.

Kieran said, “I would like to thank Glastonblaby for hosting Travers Rising Stars again this year and for their invitation to return in 2023. Applications are now open for young musicians, and we look forward to another superb winner next year.”