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June 05, 2012  | by: Olivia Kamara

"Heaven" cover art

Rebecca Ferguson, 2010 runner-up of the UK version of “X Factor” is now making waves here in America after releasing her U.S. debut album Heaven.

Rebecca, a 25-year-old singer-songwriter from Liverpool, lists Ray Charles, Tupac Shakur, Nicki Minaj, Adele and Florence and the Machine as her influences, and has said  “Heaven” is inspired by personal experiences.

“I spilled my soul out. A lot of it comes from writing about relationships I’ve been in, so I think everyone can probably relate to the lyrics – we’ve all been there,” said the British songstress who co-wrote many of the songs on her album.

She has already been receiving praise from her fellow UK singer, Grammy award winner Adele who wrote Rebecca a letter praising her for her amazing singing style.

Adele had also admitted to voting for Rebecca “80 times” when she was a contestant on the X Factor.

Rebecca Ferguson

Along with her U.S. album debut, Rebecca made her first appearance on the Today show singing her own mellow rendition of Nothing’s Real but Love, gaining even wider notoriety.

Rebecca, who has been compared to Aretha Franklin, Duffy, and Adele, has already been carving her own path in the U.S. and has no plans on stopping.

Fans can click here to download her new single Glitter and Gold.

 

 

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