Rebecca Ferguson Talks "Heaven"
Tue, 14 Aug 2012 07:01:18
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"I like to record literally the minute after I've written a song because the emotions are high," says Rebecca Ferguson.
That's one of many reasons why Ferguson's music is so poignant and powerful. With impressive range and soulful delivery, her voice carries to divine heights. At the same time, she taps into very raw and real feelings over the course of her debut album, Heaven.
She's one of the best new voices in the world, and you'll feel like you're in Heaven as soon as you hear her.
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief, Rebecca Ferguson talks Heaven, singing, movies, and so much more.
Watch her perform "Run Free" live here!
Did you approach Heaven with one vision in mind?
Before I wrote the album, everyone asked me, "Do you want it to be soul? Do you want it to be pop? What do you want it to be?" I said, "Let me go into the studio, and we'll see what happens naturally". That's what I did. When I was making the album, I wasn't trying to make a specific sound. I just said, "Let's see what happens". The album is what happened. Luckily, it all ended up working out well.
Was it important to tap into something raw emotionally?
Yeah, that's what I wanted to do. I wanted it to be about the lyrics more than anything else. Luckily, I had really good production people working with me. I really formed a good balance with Eg White who produced the album. We managed to get the right sound. I don't overthink it when I write. It's literally what comes to me that day.
What's the story behind "Too Good To Lose"?
That's one of my favorites! When I first went in to work with Eg White, he played me this song. At the time, it was just a melody. It was a few lyrics and a really good drum beat. He wasn't sure of it at the time. I kept asking him to work on it though. In the end, we had time and we worked on it. It was about when you meet someone, and you just can't stop thinking about them. It's those first moments of meeting somebody and letting them know they mean a lot to you. It was one of the songs we had a lot of fun writing and producing. Out of the album, we spent the most time on that track because we wanted to get it just right. It's one of my favorites to listen to as well.
Where did "Backtrack" come from?
I love "Backtrack". It was meant to be on the original album in the UK. It wasn't produced in time though, and I wanted to get it just right. I'm really happy it made the US version. It's basically about cheating. Someone is cheating and they have an excuse for absolutely everything. If you listen to the lyrics, it's quite sad. It's offbeat too.
What artists shaped you?
My mom used to always play Tracy Chapman around the house. I grew up listening to a lot of Tracy Chapman. Whitney Houston really inspired me. As I got older, I really liked Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album. I thought that was really brilliant. It's a timeless album. I really listen to everything.
What else inspires you outside of music?
I spend as much time with my family as I can. I'm really interested in human rights law. I wanted to be in that field, but I changed course! I wasn't good at the paperwork though. I'm too disorganized [Laughs].
If Heaven were a movie or a combination of movies what would it be?
Oh gosh! I'd probably say The Notebook [Laughs]. I like that film. It's lovely. It's one of those girly films where everyone wants that love.
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