Former X Factor star Laura White on the brink of a comeback
FORMER X Factor star Laura White may work and live in London but her heart still lies in the North West.
For the Atherton-born singer and songwriter, Bolton is a place she’ll always hold dear.
She relocated to London’s bustling Covent Garden more than five years ago, a move Laura believes was necessary.
“I’m here for my career, I’ll eventually come home,” she says.
Laura’s love for her northern roots is apparent.
“It’s so wonderful when I come home, I love Bolton and I feel like the locals are very supportive of me,” she says.
“This town has such a great community, I feel very welcome when I’m here.”
In 2008 Laura reached the final stages of Simon Cowell’s famous show The X Factor — securing herself a legion of loyal fans in the process.
Prior to the show, Laura spent more than five years at festivals and gigs around the UK until she got her big break.
She says: “I really needed X Factor as a platform. The show helped to propel me into the limelight. It’s helped me in lots of different ways.”
Her elimination in week five caused fury across the nation prompting an outbreak of fan anger and media focus debating whether her exit was fair.
Laura, who is best known for her acoustic melodies, says: “It was a very different situation. There was even a massive petition to get me back, but if anything my exit made me more determined than ever to get my music out there. The paparazzi wouldn’t leave me alone. It was a very crazy time.”
In 2010 Laura went on to guest star for Australian singer and presenter Peter Andre’s Revelation tour.
She says: “He is the nicest guy in the world, that man is so beautiful!”
Laura who credits jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald and the blues genre as her musical inspirations chose to title her new EP What My Mother Taught Me as a way of thanking her own mum.
She says: “For every argument I’ve ever had with friends and for every time I’ve been heartbroken, my mum’s been there for me through it all. She is the most inspirational woman I know.”
Laura who has written music for singers Cher Lloyd, Eliza Doolittle and Leona Lewis is on the brink of a comeback.
In May 2013, she started to post weekly YouTube videos under the pseudonym Introducing Martha. Uploads currently include live covers of both popular and original songs.
Speaking about her new music, she says: “My songs are all my own ideas, I write both the lyrics and music.”
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