Pop Princess Beth Sherburn was working on a makeup counter in Debenhams when spotted by a top music producer; he promptly signed her to a £250,000 record deal and her first single, Joker, was released last September. Beth Sherburn‘s inspirational story is something that many girls dream of, but behind the scenes is a tale of passion, hard work and dedication. She’s agreed to an interview to help others wanting to make their dreams a reality!
Do you have an inspirational quote that you live by?
Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’…
When did you realise music was your passion?
Music has always been something that I’ve wanted to do… I participated in local/national competitions from a young age, performed in musicals (Don Quixote) starring alongside George Costigan and Matthew Kelly, attended music/choir workshops, had singing and piano lessons, as well as performed at world-class venues like The Royal Albert Hall, NIA Arena and Manchester Arena!
You play the saxophone, clarinet, guitar and piano – what was the first instrument you learnt to play?
It was the piano, which has definitely helped me to write my own material! The first song that I wrote was called ‘Jump Up’; I was 9 years old at the time and remember performing it with my friends at Primary School!
What advice would you give to aspiring singers/songwriters just starting out?
Just be you…Write what’s from the heart! Attend writing workshops and local gigs, because it all helps you to develop your song-writing ability. Keep working hard, never be afraid to show people your work and don’t be put off if you have knockbacks… I did in the past but I kept persevering!
Which track means the most to you and why?
‘Use That Body’, a fun song that I performed on tour, always reminds me of going out with my friends and having a good time!
Your single “Joker” was released on 21 September and features Lil Wayne! What does it mean to you to have him support your songwriting?
It feels very surreal! Joker is very special to me, as it was one of the first songs that I wrote. It definitely has an urban/pop sound with edgy flair! It’s amazing that Lil Wayne’s featuring on the track… I write all of my own material and to think that Lil Wayne features on Joker is unbelievable!
Who did you write Joker about?
When I was writing Joker, I really wanted people to relate to it. I think that every girl/guy goes through this really… You think that you’re serious in a relationship when, basically, he’s/she’s just acting like a player – you know, a Joker.
The music video to the track was filmed in Ibiza, did you enjoy your visit there?
Yes, loved it! Joker was my first official music video and I was really excited about shooting the video in Ibiza, it was amazing to work with such a talented team! There’s a lot going on in the video, but my favourite scene was driving the quad bikes!
Did you enjoy working with renowned Director, Carly Cussen?
I loved working with Carly, she’s an amazing director who has worked with Olly Murs, Ed Sheeran and Little Mix. She gave me tips on how to look into the camera and which camera angles work best, this really helped me when shooting the video.
You looked like you had real chemistry with the model in the video! Real sparks or just good acting?
Myles was great to work with, we had great fun shooting the video, but we were just acting!
In the video you’re definitely the one in charge in the relationship, would you say that you’re like that in real life?
I’m no pushover but believe everyone should be give and take in a relationship – otherwise someone is always getting their own way!
You recently supported The Saturdays on their Greatest Hits Tour! How was that?
Meeting the fans and performing at Wembley Arena was very special! I’ve always dreamt of performing on that stage, so it really was a dream come true!
What was it like to work with The Saturdays?
The girls were so lovely and I’ve always loved their music! Mollie told me she’d listened to Joker, she knew Carly had directed the video and liked it, I thought that was really nice of her to say. They told me to enjoy the experience and have fun, keep working towards your goal.
The atmosphere must’ve been amazing at the shows you’ve performed at!
Every show was fantastic, but performing in Dublin was incredible! It was my first time there and I absolutely loved it! The people were so friendly and the atmosphere on stage from the crowd was amazing!
Have you met any adoring fans?
The fans have been so lovely and supportive!! I can’t thank them enough! The messages I receive on my SNS about my performances have been so lovely.
Who was your favourite celebrity meet-up so far?
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini; She told me to work hard, keep writing my songs and stay focused!
Who’s your celebrity crush?
Ryan Gosling, I think he’s gorgeous.
Who would you most like to tour with?
Beyonce, because she’s the ultimate diva! The energy that she creates on stage is incredible and Jay-Z is a genius! I was lucky enough to see them perform together at the 02 and for me, seeing them sing together was the highlight of the Mrs Carter Show…
Does anyone inspire you to be a better musician/vocalist?
I like to watch Documentaries/Tour Videos of other artists. I’m always trying to be the best that I can be and learn new things every day. I like to push myself out of my comfort zone, as I believe it helps me to grow into the artist/performer I want to become.
How do you maintain energy during performances?
I always have an adrenaline rush before I perform on stage! I love getting my hair and makeup done ready for the show and when I put my stage costume on, I get so excited to perform! Its always great to be performing with my dancers and the buzz from the crowd dIt’snitely maintains the energy on stage!
What do you do without fail before performing? Is there anything that you can’t be without?
I always make sure that I do my warm up exercises before I perform and couldn’t be without my in-ears! It’s so important for an artist to hear themselves whilst performing on stage, they definitely helped me when I was on tour with The Saturdays!
Where would you most like to do a live show and why?
It would be amazing to perform at the 02 Arena, it would be a fantastic feeling to be singing at one of the biggest arenas in the UK.
You’ve recently completed a ‘Schools Tour’ where you campaigned against Cyber-Bullying. How does it feel to be able to inspire others to overcome obstacles and lead happier lives?
No one deserves to be bullied and I wanted to help support the students who are too afraid to reach out for help during that difficult time, as well as raise awareness of Cyber-Bullying and the devastating effect it can have on victims and their families. It’s been really great meeting the students, a lot of them have emailed telling me how much I have helped them! I feel that I’ve done something very positive.
If you could only go to one festival this year, which would you choose and why?
Glastonbury, there’s always amazing artists performing there, I love the atmosphere.
What’s your funniest experience so far?
My costume came apart just before I was about to perform at London Pride’s main stage, in front of 20,000 people!! My poor Mom and makeup artist had to quickly pin it back together!
When did you know that you’d hit the big time?
When I was performing at arenas like Wembley Arena and the fans were singing along to my music! It was a proud moment for me.
What do you hope to achieve this year?
I’d love to travel the world, working with amazing producers. But I’m taking this all one step at a time and loving the journey I’m on, if I’m lucky enough to still be entertaining people this time next year then I’d say it’s a successful, exciting journey!
When are you hitting the road on tour next?
I will be touring again very soon, make sure you check out my website for future events! I Can’t wait to meet all the fans again!
When can we hear your new album?
The album will hopefully be released later this year; I can’t wait for you to hear the new material that I’ve been working on!