If pop music is infinitely surprising, then the often circuitous route that brings a major star to our attention is surely exemplified in the wonderful Rebecca Ferguson. A single mother of two from Liverpool, Rebecca set out on a mission to regain her confidence during The X Factor. She did far more than that. In what is surely one of the best audition sequences ever shown on the programme, her story of dignified resignation – pregnant at 17, then again at 19, with no money and little hope – struck a chord with the nation.
It seemed that this was a voice destined never to be heard. Then she opened her mouth and her stunningly raw rendition of Sam Cooke’s classic A Change Is Gonna Come set the bar on the show, oh, just a million miles higher.
Growing up in a chaotic one-parent household, life was far from diva-ish. With three brothers and two sisters, music was an escape for Rebecca. Although well behaved, she admits she didn’t enjoy school; always wondering why she was there, when she knew her musical destiny. There wasn’t any money to spare for Rebecca to follow her passion for singing, so at 14 she got a job in a clothes shop to pay for singing lessons. Performing Arts College followed, but then at 17, everything changed when she got pregnant with her first child Lillie May, followed by Karl two years later.
Rebecca Ferguson’s stunning voice saw her ease through to the live stages of The X Factor competition, with judge Louis Walsh calling her “a class act” and she was soon installed as a hot favourite to win the competition. Her popularity grew week by week and eventually finished as runner-up following a memorable duet with Christina Aguilera.
It matters not that she came second on the show – perhaps even beneficial, as it meant that the following year allowed this Liverpudlian world-class singer/songwriter to hone her writing skills and to channel that remarkable soul voice into a selection of songs that will establish her as the voice of her generation, and a global superstar. Incredibly humble, but with an eye trained firmly on the future, her potential is vast. A truly natural talent, Rebecca Ferguson is a highly popular choice for headlining live corporate and private events.
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