Ferguson addresses the tightrope she walks between home and work in her music. â€œWhen I wrote â€˜Nothingâ€™s Real But Love,â€™ me and Eg were having a conversation. I had just come to terms with the music industry and the good and bad sides of it, and I told him, itâ€™s not money, itâ€™s not cars, itâ€™s about family and the things that are important.â€ The track is one she either wrote or co-wrote on Heaven. â€œSongwriting comes easier to me than singing,â€ she admits. â€œSinging is very exposed.â€
The album is a seamless blend of old soul, dusty blues and even a bit of country and rock. She counts â€œTeach Me How To Be Loved,â€ â€œShoulder to Shoulderâ€ and the U.K.-chart topping â€œNothingâ€™s Real But Loveâ€ as her personal favorites. Her voice is as distinctive as it is familiar in the long line of women who have seen some things. â€œRecording wasnâ€™t an easy process because I got really personal. I was going through a lot when I was writing the album. A lot of the songs touched a nerve, and some days Iâ€™d be crying.â€ Ferguson, like so many Brits, seems to have been weaned on American R&B. She spent summers in Sheffi eld with her Jamaican â€œnanâ€ (grandmother), a â€œtotally different cultureâ€ that expanded her musical breadth. Thereâ€™s also another American who may helped her tremendously, albeit unknowingly: Sean â€œDiddyâ€ Combs.
Dress by Hilda Maha.