I saw Liverpool-born Rebecca Ferguson perform tonight at the Jersey Opera House. I booked the best seats in the house months ago because I’ve been a big fan since I first saw Rebecca flourish as a performer on the X-Factor stage in 2010 when she was runner-up to Matt Cardle.
Shortly after the X-Factor Rebecca was signed to Simon Cowell’s record label, Syco, and released her debut album Heaven in 2011 which hit No.3 on the UK charts and produced six singles including Nothing’s Real but Love.
She released her second album, Freedom, in 2013 and in 2015, she covered some of the songs made famous by Billie Holiday in her third studio album Lady Sings The Blues. In 2017, she released her fourth album, Superwoman.
Today the Beast from the East met storm Emma and only one flight arrived in Jersey this morning. After a missed flight the previous day and a 4.00a.m. start, Rebecca was on it, together with a guitarist, keyboard player, and one backing singer, the rest of the band members didn’t make it, but with a skeleton crew, they produced an amazing set. Rebecca reeled off the songs from her albums, together with a few covers including Ed Sheeran’s, Shape of You, a Stormzy rap Blinded by your Grace and finishing with Tina Turner’s Proud Mary. R&B, Soul, Gospel, Blues and Jazz maybe her specialty, but I believe she can sing anything.
There are 625 seats in Jersey’s Opera House and Rebecca performed to a packed theatre. It was a privilege to be there to listen to her unique and soulful voice but, eight years on from the X-Factor, I cannot help wondering why she is not playing bigger venues. Rebecca Ferguson is a class act. You’re too good to lose … just can’t get that lyric out of my head.