VIDEO: Prepare for goosebumps as Rebecca Ferguson takes on Billie Holiday
It takes a brave woman to take on Billie Holiday.
But X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson is doing just that with her new album Lady Sings The Blues.
The 28-year-old’s latest project is inspired by the legendary 1956 Billie Holiday release of the same name and also features other tracks by the jazz legend from her 1940’s heyday like That Ole’ Devil Called Love and Get Happy.
Given how she came to fame, you might be forgiven for a delicate shudder at the thought, but the Liverpool lass has repeatedly demonstrated a remarkable musicality – and let’s not forget that astounding voice – since she was runner-up in 2010 to Matt Cardle on the reality show.
Her million-selling debut album Heaven was also a critical success, with The Times commenting that it “scales the heights of Dusty In Memphis.”
Flattering comparisons to Dusty Springfield aside, even the fussiest of music purists can’t deny the delicate power of Ferguson’s vocals in our behind-the-scenes video as she records her new album.
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Holiday’s original seminal album was released three years before her untimely death in 1959 and lived on again in the 1972 film of the same name starring Diana Ross and its accompanying soundtrack.
So why go back there?
Rebecca is quick to point out that she doesn’t see this project as an easy covers album.
“Initially I wasn’t sure about it – I don’t tend to do cover versions normally,” she admits.
“But I fell in love with Billie Holiday’s story and that’s why I chose to do the project”
“It always touched and moved me how much pain she went through and how she used her voice to guide her through that pain.”
“I wanted to … put my own stamp on the songs and make them current for people listening today.”