‘Spellbinding’, ‘sweet’ and ‘seemingly effortless’ are just some words that might fall off your lips if you were lucky enough to witness Rebecca Ferguson‘s showcase tonight.
The British soul siren is currently in Australia for a week to promote her freshly launched debut album Heaven, playing two intimate industry showcases hosted by Sony Music Australia.
I was lucky enough to be invited to her first show here in Melbourne tonight by the lovely Damian of auspOp and frankly, I don’t know about y’all but, we both absolutely leapt at the opportunity to see this gorgeous Liverpool singer live.
Rebecca has been a firm favourite of mine ever since I watched her audition for the X Factor some two years ago. Her soulful vocal tones is perhaps one of the most striking and beautiful voices to grace pop music in the last decade.
Rebecca breathes depth into a song in ways most artists could only dream of doing and tonight – despite her own admission of feeling quite ill – the girl had every single person in the room hung up on her graceful performance.
The succinct five-song set opened with her future single ‘Glitter and Gold’ – a confident song choice that showcased Rebecca‘s ability to turn it out as a live performer with a band.
‘Too Good To Lose’ followed suit and it is only after this song that we see the gorgeous chanteuse break into a bit of chatter. The small crowd of us in the room seemed genuinely interested to hear more from Rebecca, especially when she started opening up about the inspiration behind some songs on Heaven.
She introduced the heartfelt ballad ‘Teach Me How to Be Loved’ as a song she wrote about falling in love but being afraid to trust. Something a lot of us can probably relate to.
The track became the centre piece of Rebecca‘s set as she took a seat and kept her eyes closed for most of the performance. It was an intimate moment where everyone had kinda settled down from taking in her stunning visual presentation, and was ready to focus on the song.
Speaking of visuals, Rebecca Ferguson might be turning out an album you’ll comfortably hear in a café or trendy op shop somewhere in Brunswick, but tonight she was serving Cup Day realness.
The glamazon stepped out in a traffic-stopping short red dress that accentuated her curves and a pair of vicious black six-inch Louboutins – and topped it off with a black wide-brimmed hat.
As stunning as she was to see in the flesh, the girl was unfortunately too unwell to mingle after. The set wrapped up with her current single ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ – which is already garnering airplay in Australia – and ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’, a track she described as being the most lyrically challenging song on the album.
It seemed that with songs like ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ and ‘Teach Me How To Be Loved’, Heaven really is a thoughtful and emotionally explorative body of work that grows with repeated listens.
I’ve become familiar with both tracks after months of listening to the album but neither of them really took hold until I saw Rebecca perform them tonight.
Fingers crossed for a proper Rebecca Ferguson Aussie tour next time she’s back in the country because it would be fantastic for more people to hear her songs come to live and take a new dimension like it did for me tonight.
Watch a live acoustic performance of ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’:
Rebecca Ferguson‘s Heaven is now out in Australia.
You can read my review of the album on the Feed Limmy Top 20 Albums of 2011 countdown [Editor’s note: it’s obviously the only album of the year countdown that matters around here.]