Burning Up is back again with yet another incredible artist! Liverpool native and former ‘The X Factor (UK)’ contestant Rebecca Ferguson is one of the most promising acts to have emerged from the UK music scene in quite some time and has already earned gushing comparisons to Amy Winehouse and Adele.
However, don’t assume that Ferguson is just another karaoke singer like her ‘X Factor (UK)’ counterparts. Rather, she quite a talented songwriter and her determination to prove her abilities with a pen is what truly distinguishes her from her peers. In fact, she even co-wrote every track of her platinum-certified ‘Heaven’ debut album!
An avid British Soul singer, Ferguson has listed Aretha Franklin as one of her key inspirations and the similarities between her brand of music and the Queen of Soul are undeniable. Watch the video for Ferguson’s ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ video below:
What is truly captivating about Ferguson is the raw power and soulful tone of her voice. Without major vocal gymnastics or a barrage of beats, her sound is incredibly interesting and relatable.
British Soul has continued to thrive despite the popularity of House and Dance/Pop, and Ferguson is a fine addition to that mix. It would be interesting, however, to see if she will be able to crack the US market, especially in the wake of Adele, to whom she is quite similar. Yet, there is always one UK act that rises to popularity on the international scene every year so Ferguson’s time might approaching.
Let’s end this feature with Ferguson’s latest offering, ‘Too Good To Lose’: