This Buzz for You: Rebecca Ferguson

Turns out, you UKers and Aussies out there have been keeping Rebecca Ferguson, runner-up on 2010's seventh season of The X Factor, a bit of a secret now, haven't you?

Whether you watch The X Factor or American Idol or Britain's Got Talent, you more often than not find yourself excited by one or two contestants, and then after a couple months wonder where they've gone. You won't be wondering the same about Liverpool's very own Rebecca Ferguson. She made a splash on The X Factor, covering Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" for her audition piece, and then catapulted herself into the finals with a stirring rendition of "Amazing Grace." A soulful voice that reminds you of Aretha Franklin with the sensuality of Sade and the grovelly tones of Macy Gray (during the On How Life Is late-90s period), Ferguson has already hooked UK, Irish, European, and Australian listeners (Adele among them) and is poised to do the same for U.S. audiences when her forthcoming album Heaven debuts.

All songs on Heaven are co-written by Ferguson, with lyrics influenced by both her Liverpool roots and her family, as she is a mother of two. As a whole, the album is a mix of soul, pop, and blues that are filled delightfully by Ferguson's rich voice. Don't believe me? Take a listen to the first U.S. single, "Nothing's Real But Love," below.

Heaven is currently out in UK, European, and Australian markets, and is forthcoming May 29th in the U.S. Don't miss it!!

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