Review: Rebecca Ferguson, Regent, Ipswich, Wednesday, November 9

Rebecca Ferguson, who appeared at the Regent in Ipswich

Rebecca Ferguson, who appeared at the Regent in Ipswich - Credit: PA

Liverpool diva Rebecca Ferguson has had her fair share of public troubles since she was runner up to Matt Cardle in the 2010 series of the X Factor, including the difficulties of being a single working mum, dealing with depression and suffering the emotional fallout of a failed relationship whilst she was pregnant with her third child.

But last night she graced the stage of the Regent looking and sounding every inch the top singer that she has now become.

The star Scouser, who is now a resident of Paris, took to the Ipswich stage with her classy five-piece band and pair of backing singers to turn out a dynamic and eclectic mix of songs from a set list that favoured her latest album Superwoman, along with songs from her debut album, Heaven and 2013’s Freedom.

Supporting her was Max Restaino, who with his band delighted the crowd with songs from his debut album, The Time It Takes, and sounding a cross between Coldplay and Will Young he looks nailed on for success

Songstress Chelsea Alice Scott was first up getting the Regent audience in the mood for the night ahead.

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But it was an often mellow Ferguson who delighted her fans with an array of songs which included Mistress, I Hope, Backtrack, Shoulder To shoulder, Superwoman, Nothing’s Real But Love, Freedom, Bones, Hear My Prayer and Pay For It.

Addressing the crowd in a thick Liverpudlian accent which is a complete contrast to her singing voice, she owned the stage, dressed from top to toe in a stunning black figure-hugging outfit.

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Her distinctive voice is something resembling a cross between one of her idols, Aretha Franklin, and who is one of her major influences, and French singer Edith Piaf.

Classy and confident Ferguson’s 90-minute set was a wonderful mix of her music and talent.

Her pulsating encore, which included Chaka Khan’s I’m Every Woman, had a near capacity Regent up on their feet giving her rapturous applause.

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