More than winning, Jermaine Jacobs of Amityville had one thing in mind before taking the stage in Bay Shore last week.
He wanted to touch people.
A staffer at South Oaks Hospital in Amityville, Jacobs is the first Northwell Health employee to ever win the healthcare network’s own talent contest, which is open to non-Northwell personnel as well.
“That to me is so humbling,” said Jacobs, 26.
This was Jacobs’ first talent show, and really only his second involvement in a competition that showed off his singing skills.
His first experience was with a little show called American Idol. Jacobs performed before the judges in 2015 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale and was awarded a golden ticket to compete in Hollywood.
“I was in Hollywood for about a week and a half or so,” he said. “It was a crazy. I got there and I sang another song and unfortunately, I didn’t get through. But it is what it is.”
In Bay Shore, he was singing for a good cause.
Health to Hollywood is a fundraiser to support to local veteran organizations, as well as the Northwell Health Office of Military and Veterans Liaison Services.
There were two preliminary rounds in July, and the finale was Aug. 3.
“Northwell Health’s fifth annual Health to Hollywood competition, like past years, was a huge success,” said Edward Fraser, vice president of community relations at Northwell Health.
“This year’s talented singers, dancers and other performers did an amazing job,” Fraser continued. “It was great to see the community and Northwell Health come together to raise money for veterans and celebrate local talent together.”
The second and third place winners were Sirece Pierre Thomas and Amanda Holliday, in that order.
As for Jacobs’ performance, he sang Thinking out Loud by Ed Sheeran.
“It was phenomenal; it was amazing,” Jacobs said. “The vibe was so positive. People were standing up and singing along with me and clapping; it was great. I moved around the stage. I pointed to people. I smiled. I felt like I did my job.”
Jacobs was awarded $1,000 for his first-place win, and he plans to put the money toward advancing his musical career.
“It’s going toward some studio equipment and everything,” he said.