Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ferguson Seeks the X Factor Again with Her World-Class Blues

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ferguson Seeks the X Factor Again with Her World-Class Blues

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Byline: REVIEW REBECCA FERGUSON Boisdale of Canary Wharf, E14 JANE CORNWELL

REBECCA FERGUSON was nearly a megastar. Probably the best voice to emerge from a British TV talent show, the former teenage mum from Liverpool went from shy runner-up of 2010's The X Factor to an accomplished recording artist with four UK Top 10 albums.

Big enough, perhaps, but an uncertain musical style and management wrangles scuppered A-list status, and the nervous woman who glided past candle-lit tables on her way to the stage drew polite applause instead of cheers. Dressed in flowing black, backed by seasoned players on horns, piano, drums and guitars, Ferguson proceeded to command attention by doing what she shines at: singing the blues.

This was the second night of a two-week residency; a fresh repertoire of classics sung by the likes of Nina, Aretha and Etta brought much shuffling of lyric sheets and, for I Can't Stand The Rain, a false start. But if Ferguson's guileless likeability helped plaster over any cracks -- "This song is like a warm hug," she said of Bridge Over Troubled Waters -- her vocals were assured, world class. …

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