Twenty-three year old Beth Sherburn performed at Newcastle City Hall the other week, opening the show for girl band The Saturdays.
Clad in a sparkly black shift dress teamed with wedge trainers and sporting enviable beach waves, Beth has ‘pop star in the making’ credentials already when it comes to the fashion and beauty front.
But it’s her vocals that really make her stand out. She confidently took to the stage in Newcastle and showcased her astounding vocals with tracks Step On It, Use Your Body and Joker. She even squeezed in a medley featuring Little Mix’s Move and Rihanna’s Where Have You Been.
With the release of Beth’s debut single Joker this week, Newcastle Sparkles catches up with her to chat about the toon, selfies and her musical inspiration…
You performed in Newcastle the other week, opening the show for The Saturdays. How did the Geordie crowd compare to other cities on the tour?
Newcastle was amazing! The crowd were full of energy – I can’t thank them enough. The messages I have received about my performance has been overwhelming!
How would you describe your fashion style? Do you create your own look?
Yes I love to try out new styles. I love high street fashion. I’m very lucky to have Boohoo sponsoring me on The Saturdays tour! I love their clothes! I also love shopping in Topshop, Zara and River Island.
Was there a ‘eureka’ moment when you first realised you wanted to pursue a pop career?
I knew from the age of seven-years-old music was what I wanted to do. I was chosen to sing a solo at my primary school; it was a Celine Dion song and I absolutely loved performing on stage! Music definitely brought me out of my shell…from that day music has always been in my life!
Music is always something I’ve wanted to do. I’ve always worked really hard studying music – I participated in local/national competitions from a young age. I performed in musicals (Don Quixote) starring alongside George Costigan and Matthew Kelly; attended music, choir, writing workshops, singing and piano lessons, as well as performing at many world class venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, NIA Arena and Manchester Arena.
Who do you look to for inspiration with your music?
I started writing when I was around 13 years old. Everyone is different when it comes to songwriting. I generally have a lyric with a melody that suddenly appears in my head! This is why I always have a dictaphone in my bag. The piano helps me to structure the song and then I develop my ideas when I am in the studio.
All my songs are based on life experiences; whether this is my own experiences, friends, relationships or good nights out.
There are many artists over the years that have influenced me musically, when I was younger my parents used to listen to Dusty Springfield, Carole King, Michael Jackson and Alicia Keys – the latter of which was my initial inspiration to write songs. I then fell in love with the divas of the music industry such as Tina Turner, Celine Dion and Whitney Huston all the way through to current icons like Britney Spears, Beyonce and Rihanna.
What’s the story behind the lyrics to your new single Joker?
This song is very special to me. Joker definitely has an urban-pop sound with an edgy flair! It’s amazing that Lil Wayne’s featuring on the track. It was one of the first songs I wrote.
When I was writing Joker I really wanted people to relate to it. I think every girl and guy goes through this really. You think you’re serious in a relationship when, basically, he or she’s just acting like a player, you know, a Joker.
I was lucky enough to shoot the video in Ibiza and it was directed by Carly Cussen, she’s worked with Olly Murs, Ed Sheeran and Little Mix so it was amazing to work with a talented team! If you watch the video you will see there’s a story behind it…there’s a lot going on in the video, my favourite scene was driving the quad bikes!
After The Saturday’s tour – what’s next?
I am currently working on my album and excited to be joining Neon Jungle in Hull in October. I will also be doing a school tour before the end of the year.
What’s the best selfie you’ve taken since embarking on your music career?
I really enjoyed taking a selfie on stage at London Pride. I performed in front of 20,000 people that day and the atmosphere was amazing!
Imagine it’s a year from now – September 2015 – describe your pop career so far in three words…
I’m taking this all one release at a time and loving the journey I’m on and if I’m lucky enough to still be entertaining people this time next year I’d say it’s a ‘successful exciting journey’!
Joker is out now. For updates follow Beth Sherburn on Twitter @TheBethSherburn