SINGER and songwriter Beth Morris hopes that her former employer — Henley music agency Eight Ray Music — will one day represent her as she seeks her big break.
The 26-year-old appeared on the first show of the latest series of the BBC’s talent show The Voice on Saturday, performing Nutbush City Limits.
The day before she left the agency in Old Brewery Lane, where she had worked as an account director for five months, in order to pursue her dream.
She used to look after acts such as award-winning musician and singer Megan Henwood and Junior Guevarra, a band whose lead singer is Eight Ray Music’s founder Jayson Jaurigue.
Beth, who lives in Maidenhead, won the support of the TV judges — Boy George, Paloma Faith, Ricky Wilson and Will.i.am — to make it through to the next round and chose Faith to be her mentor.
The audition was filmed in Manchester in September and she was one of 147 contestants out of 70,000 to make it through the elimination process.
Beth, who is lead singer with The Midnight Rebel Band, said: “I felt I had more to give and it was the right time as I had learned my craft through doing so many gigs.
“It felt amazing. It’s a massive platform and an opportunity I couldn’t miss.”
She was able to rehearse with the band the day before the audition but admits to being nervous when she was called to perform.
“I was very calm until my turn and then my legs went to jelly and I didn’t think I could go on stage,” she said. “I just thought ‘Beth, get yourself together, this is your chance, go and grab it’.”
She is a fan of the Rolling Stones, Little Richard, Rod Stewart and Led Zeppelin but chose to sing the Tina Turner classic because she thought it would show off her talent.
“I love Tina Turner,” said Beth. “I wanted to push myself and to give a performance and I thought Nutbush City Limits was the song to do it. When you get on stage there’s a break of about 15 seconds when the band prepare and everyone is silent and that felt like an hour.
“But the minute the music came on the adrenaline kicked in and I can’t really remember my performance.
“The judges gave great comments. I felt very blessed to have four legends give me advice on my singing.”
Beth said she felt “euphoric” at making it through to the next stage, adding: “It was probably one of the best moments of my life.”
Viewers will be able to see how she gets on when the live shows begin in March.
Beth said: “I think the future for me is getting a band together and getting gigs through Eight Ray and doing what I love to do, which is singing.”
However, she won’t forget the Henley agency.
“I loved it — it was the best job I’ve ever had,” she said. “My heart is Eight Ray forever so I’ll always come back.”