Singer pays tribute to soul legend Tina Turner in Brentwood
PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 December 2019
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A new show celebrating the iconic Tina Turner is heading to Brentwood.
Elesha Paul Moses hopes to blow Tina Turner fans away when her show What's Love Got To Do With It? arrives in Brentwood next week.
Speaking about the massive UK tour, Elesha said: "It's mad, and still hasn't really sunk in yet.
"I was pretty full-on with Whitney: Queen Of The Night towards the end of 2018, so didn't have too much time to think about it.
"But then we went into full-on rehearsals, then into touring mode for What's Love Got To Do With It? that it suddenly became a lot more real.
"Since then we've been up and down the country, and have had so much love for the show from audiences and on social media - it's been amazing.
"I've been working hard on the vocals and the band, backing singers and costumes are fantastic - and we're loving being on the road, so I can't wait to see all the fans."
The 38-year-old singer from Hampshire said she started discovering that she could sing by listening to big pop artists such as Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
She said that she learnt a lot about Tina's style from watching her perform.
"Tina's not got a growl as such, it's just something which is there in her tone," said Elesha.
"It's really difficult to explain. People think its shouting but it's not, it's a very particular tone that she has.
"When I started mimicking Tina, it was great to watch her and learn from the energy and fun she puts in, and her way of moving is so distinctive.
"She's so free with her performance, and carefree running around, kicking her legs up - it's so much fun to take that on, and it's an amazing quality not many artists have."
Elesha's favourite Tina Turner songs include Typical Male and I Can't Stand The Rain.
She said: "But for my absolute favourite, I'll go Proud Mary.
"It always used to be Simply The Best which people really loved and went mad for - but these days it's definitely Proud Mary."
Elesha appeared on The X Factor in 2010 alongside One Direction and winner Matt Cardle.
She also reached the battle rounds twice on The Voice, working with will.i.am in a duo in 2013 and Tom Jones as a solo act a year later.
Even though Elesha wasn't successful in the shows, she believes they gave her career a boost.
She said: "I was asked to audition for The Voice, and I first went when I was pregnant with my daughter Kookie, who's now six - but I realised the live shows would be on when I was due with her so had to back out.
"Doing both of these did give me a boost at the time, even though I got so close but ultimately wasn't successful.
"I'm 100per cent sure I wouldn't be tempted to do it again."
Elesha had previously been mentored by Beyonce's dad, Mathew Knowles, on the Channel 4 talent show, Chancers.
She described the experience as "pretty mad".
"I won the chance from UK auditions to spend a month in Houston, America, where the group of us chosen had various challenges," said Elesha.
"Mine was to sing at the same studio where Whitney Houston had recorded, little did I know what was to come all these years on.
"But, that experience gave me a really tough skin, to know that whatever you do don't worry about what's happened in the past, it's all brought me to where I am now."
What's Love Got To Do With It? will be showing at Brentwood Live in Doddinghurst Road on Friday, December 13.