Beth Sherburn (born 11th January 1991) is a British Singer and Songwriter. She first rose to prominence with her cover of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World”, in 2012, which charted at No. 8 on the UK Club Charts. In 2013 she performed live in front of royalty with a mixture of original material and cover songs.
Sherburn wrote her debut single, “Joker”, with producer John McClaughlin, and the track featured a rap from Lil Wayne. A long-term collaborator of Sherburn’s is Chris Eaton, who has worked with her since she was twelve, and who produced and co-wrote Christmas charity single “Snow Angels” with her. Sherburn’s second single from her EP, “YOLO”, was co-written and produced by Ciaron Bell, and was later remixed by the Wideboys.
Of her upcoming EP, Sherburn says: “My sound has definitely matured … I like to be really descriptive when writing. I have pushed myself and this is because I have been experimenting more in the studio. I have been more involved in the production side of my music and I have loved it!”
Sherburn creates music in dance and club styles, although her style is currently undergoing a change in direction. She cites numerous musical influences, including SIA, Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Celine Dion, Emeli Sande and Adele. Her associated acts include Lil Wayne, DJ Leon Lour, Steve Smart, Wideboys and Andy Durrant. She says of her style, “I love all genres of music but urban/pop would be my main music influence”.
2017 - Present
In 2017, Beth Sherburn announces a 40-date UK tour in Kristina Rihnoaff's (BBC Strictly Come Dancing) Dance To The Music featuring Robin Windsor (BBC Strictly Come Dancing) and Christopher Maloney (X-Factor).
Beth has recorded songs for her new upcoming EP.
In 2016, Sherburn announced her first headline show, at The Hare and Hounds in Birmingham. The event sold out, and people from all over the UK came to hear Sherburn and her live band play a number of new songs.
Sherburn worked on her new album throughout this year, and released her second single, “YOLO”, which she created with producer Ciaron Bell. “I was really happy with this song,” Sherburn remarks. “One word sums this up to me: young! It feels like you're on a rollercoaster whilst listening to YOLO - there's so much going on, but that's what life’s all about. YOLO relates to everyone. YOLO is about creating amazing memories with friends, finding love and having fun!” The track was remixed by The Wideboys and subsequently played on Kiss FM. The track received widespread media coverage with features in The Sun, The Daily Mail, The Daily Star, and Music Weekly, as well as radio airtime from Capital FM, In Demand and various BBC Regional stations.
In July of the same year, Sherburn performed with her band for MPs from the Conservative Party for a summer marquee. She covered a number of British songs, as well as singing some of her own material. Later that year, she performed songs from her as-yet-unreleased album at The Jazz House.
In November 2016, Sherburn sang at The Genting Arena in Birmingham at the launch for Free Radio, as part of a line-up which included Little Mix, Olly Murs and Louisa Johnson.
Sherburn supported Go West’s sold-out tour at The Robin 2 in December that year, performing songs from her upcoming album, as well as covers of artists such as David Bowie and Sia, in front of over 700 people.
In 2015 Sherburn began partaking in a number of events for charity, beginning with an abseil down Fort Dunlop in Birmingham in March to raise money for Red Nose Day. She overcame her fear of heights and successfully completed the abseil, which was filmed live by the BBC. In June of the same year, Sherburn joined other celebrities including Belinda Fenty (The Island), Stevi Ritchie (X Factor) and Richard Burr (The Great British Bake Off) for the Santander Cycles bicycle race at Jupiter London Nocturne around Smithfield Market. Sherburn has raised a total of over £30,000 for charity to date.
Sherburn also makes visits to schools around the UK to perform and give talks on e-safety and cyberbullying; she comments that “I go to schools to talk about cyber bullying and children reach out to me through my work. If I can help and support a child in any way to make their life better, I get a great satisfaction”.
In December 2015, Sherburn released a Christmas single called “Snow Angels”, co-written with Eaton. All money raised from the single was donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Sherburn performed the single at the Dot Com Children’s Foundation Fundraising Ball held at Mansion House, accompanied by a dance by Strictly Come Dancing performers, Kristina Rihanoff and Robin Windsor.
Having flown back to Los Angeles to work on new material, Sherburn attracted the attention of rapper Lil Wayne, who featured on her debut single, “Joker”, which was released in 2014. The accompanying music video was directed by Carly Cussen (who is known for her work with Ed Sheeran and Little Mix, among others) and today has over 100,000 views on YouTube. The video was praised by fans and in national press. The track itself was played on Capital FM and various BBC radio stations, and was mentioned in UK magazines such as OK, NOW and Music Weekly.
Sherburn subsequently appeared at high-profile celebrity events, such as Tinie Tempah’s birthday party, and began to perform at bigger events including a Shopcade pop-up event at London Fashion Week and Pride London, where she headlined the main stage performing alongside Pixie Lott, Conor Maynard, Anastasia, Foxes and Katy B.
Later the same year, Sherburn flew to Poland to perform alongside DJ and producer, Leon Lour. Here, she sang “Use That Body”, “Stamp on It” and “Joker”.
Sherburn supported The Saturdays on their Greatest Hits Live! tour later in 2014. The tour lasted twelve dates, and saw Sherburn perform at Clyde Auditorium (Glasgow), Newcastle City Hall, Sheffield City Hall, Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, O2 Apollo Manchester, Barclaycard Arena (Birmingham), Olympia Theatre (Dublin), Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Wembley Arena (London), Brighton Centre, Bournemouth International Centre and Plymouth Pavilions. Sherburn performed in front of a total of 46,000 people and was provided with clothing by ASOS and Boohoo to wear on tour.
Sherburn performed at several further events in 2014 including the British motorcycle Grand Prix (where she introduced and performed alongside Marvin Humes), the Inspiration Awards for Women, and the Breakthrough Cup. She was also invited to support girl group Neon Jungle on tour, but the tour was cancelled when the group split up. The following year, Sherburn also attended the MOBO Awards.
2012 - 2013
In 2012, Sherburn released a dance cover of Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World”, which she created with producer John McClaughlin. It charted at No. 8 in the UK Club Charts, higher than songs by Britney Spears and will.i.am. Shortly after, she released “Overload”, produced by Judd Mahoney, with a radio edit being mixed by The Alias. Both tracks received positive reviews, and Sherburn caught the attention of notable music journalist Peter Robinson.
Sherburn sang with her live band at an event before Prince Andrew in 2013, performing a mixture of her own original material and cover songs.
2010 - 2012
Between 2010 and 2012, Sherburn worked closely with British guitarist and songwriter K. K. Downing, of Judas Priest. He helped her to develop as an artist, giving advice and emphasising the importance of image and choosing the right songs when seeking musical success. During this period Sherburn continued to develop her songwriting skills and studio recording techniques, as well as attending Pineapple Studios and auditioning every weekend in London.
2002 - 2009
From 2002 to 2009 Sherburn attended secondary school at Ellowes Hall School. During her time there, she became involved in school choirs and musical productions, playing lead roles in Les Misérables, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music and Oliver Twist, in addition to performing in Disneyland Paris. She enjoyed learning, and eventually became Head Girl at her school.
Sherburn took lessons in singing and piano, and reached ABRSM Grades 7 and 5 respectively. She was eleven when she entered her first singing competition, touring the UK with the Gospel Youth Choir and Let’s Sing Choir, and performing at noteworthy UK concert halls including The Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Birmingham NIA, Sheffield Arena and the MEN Arena Manchester, supporting Katherine Jenkins and Heather Small. Sherburn would subsequently enter numerous singing competitions, recalling that “every weekend I would be on the road singing in a competition, maybe London, Scotland, Wales, it was hard work because of school, but I loved it. It was hard for me to keep on top of my studies, music and piano exams but I managed to do this by committing myself, I was very focused, I would be revising in the car and working on my coursework backstage before performing on stage. It was important to my parents and to myself to keep on top my studies, I didn't want to fall behind in class and I made sure I didn't. I am proud of myself for that.” As a result, she achieved good GCSEs, the majority of which were A* and A grades.
Sherburn wrote her first song, “Jump Up”, at the age of ten. By the time she was twelve, she had begun working with a local, well-known singer-songwriter called Chris Eaton. The first song the pair wrote together, “Just Another Rainy Day”, was Sherburn’s first to feature a musical structure, and a middle eight.
In 2008, Sherburn performed as “the little cabin boy” alongside Matthew Kelly and George Costigan in a musical production of Don Quixote, directed by Chris Bond. She also performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall, giving a rendition of Barbra Streisand’s “How Do You Keep The Music Playing?”. After the performance, a successful UK record producer approached Sherburn and invited her to record at his studios in Bath. The following year, Sherburn travelled to Los Angeles, Norway, and Poland, to develop her songwriting ability. It was in Norway that she began to record demos, and began writing and working with The Walt Disney Company.
Sherburn has since continued to enter many songwriting competitions, including the National Songwriters’ Competition, held in London, which she went on to win. Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, was on the judging panel, and remarked that Sherburn’s songwriting reminded him of when he used to write songs with his brothers. Sherburn also performed her song “Starbucks Town” as part of this competition, which was well-received.
1995 - 2002
From 1995 to 2002 Sherburn attended The Straits Primary School. It was here that she realised she wanted to pursue a career in music, after being offered the opportunity by her headmaster to give a rendition of Celine Dion’s “Falling into You” at a nearby secondary school. She remembers, “I was such a quiet girl back then, the music definitely brought me out of my shell”.
Beth Marie Sherburn was born in Wordsley to English parents, Graeme and Sarah, on 11th January 1991. She has two sisters, named Leah and Ellie.