Biography: Rebecca Ferguson
After becoming the runner-up on the tenth season of Britain's "The X-Factor", Rebecca spent the next year envisioning, writing and performing her album, "Heaven." As her first single, "Nothing's Real But Love," is released in the U.K., the reviews have been glowing. "Her gorgeous debut single puts Rebecca Ferguson in the same league as Aretha Franklin," wrote the pop music critic for the Telegraph, who went on to call "Heaven" "a gritty collection of soulful, self-penned songs about real emotional issues."
Though Rebecca says her direct musical influences are soul based, she admires a wide variety of performers including Ray Charles, Tupac, Sam Cooke, Stevie Wonder, Florence and The Machine, Beyonce, Nicki Minaj and, of course, Adele. "She's been such a support and said such lovely things about me," she says of her fellow chanteuse. "She even admitted she voted for me over 80 times when I was on the show. She means every word she sings, which I love." For her first album, "I spilled my soul out. A lot of it comes from writing about relationships I've been in, so I think everyone can probably relate to the lyrics - we've all been there."