Bella Ferraro

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Bella Ferraro
Bella Ferraro at Wharf4Ward fundraising 3.jpg
Ferraro in 2012
Background information
Birth name Bella Ferraro
Born Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Pop rock, Indie pop, soul, soft rock
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2012–present
Labels Sony
Website www.bellaferraromusic.com.au

Bella Ferraro is an Australian singer most notable for finishing fourth on the fourth series of The X Factor Australia in 2012.

Early life[edit]

Bella Ferraro was born and raised in Sydney, New South Wales.[1] Ferraro began singing as a child. At age five, she became a member of the Australian Girls Choir, who have performed at the annual Carols in the Domain and during Oprah Winfrey's Australian tour. Ferraro left school in Year 12 to pursue a music career.[2]

Career[edit]

2012: The X Factor Australia[edit]

Ferraro successfully auditioned for the fourth series of The X Factor in 2012, singing Birdy's version of "Skinny Love".[3] She was inspired to audition for the show after seeing the success of One Direction who were on the UK version.[2][3] During the super bootcamp stage, Ferraro forgot the lyrics to the two songs she performed, which included Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" and Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over".[4] For the first live performance show on 17 September 2012, Ferraro sang Matt Corby's "Brother" and received a mixed response from the judges. Mel B said it was not the right song choice, while Ronan Keating disagreed saying that he loved the song choice and described her performance as "beautiful".[5]

For the second live performance show, Ferraro received positive reviews from the judges after performing "What Makes You Beautiful" by One Direction.[6] Ferraro's performance of "What Makes You Beautiful" debuted at number 62 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[7] For the third live performance show, she sang Counting Crows's version of "Big Yellow Taxi" and received a mixed response from the judges.[8] Keating said the vocals were great but the dancing came in and it wasn't.[8] Ferraro's performance of "Big Yellow Taxi" debuted at number 84.[7] For the fourth live show, she sang "Ray of Light" by Madonna followed by the English version of "99 Red Balloons" from German band Nena for the fifth live show. In week six of the live shows, Ferraro fell into the bottom two alongside Fourtunate but was saved after Mel B, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, and Guy Sebastian all opted to eliminate Fourtunate.[9]

For the seventh live performance show, Ferraro sang The Temper Trap's "Sweet Disposition".[10][11] Her performance of "Sweet Disposition" debuted at number 59.[7] For the eighth live performance show, Ferraro sang "Dreams" by The Cranberries,[12][13] and her performance debuted at number 82.[7] In the semi-finals of the live shows, Ferraro fell into the bottom two alongside The Collective, the result was deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote. Ferraro was eliminated and placed fourth.[14][15] Bella's performance of "The Last Day on Earth" debuted at number 90.[7]

Performances on The X Factor[edit]

     denotes having reached the ARIA Singles Chart.
     denotes having been in the bottom two.

2012–present: Record deal and singles[edit]

After The X Factor ended, Ferraro received a recording contract with Sony Music Australia, and released her debut single "Set Me on Fire" on 14 December 2012.[18] The song peaked at number 36 on the ARIA Singles Chart on 30 December 2012.[19] Her second single "Forgot You", which features Will Singe of The Collective, was released on 18 October 2013, and peaked at number 75 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[20][19]

Artistry[edit]

Ferraro cites Bon Iver, Lykke Li, Crystal Castles, Foals and Two Door Cinema Club as her musical influences.[3]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[19]
"Set Me on Fire" 2012 36 N/A
"Forgot You"
(featuring Will Singe)
2013 75

Other charted songs[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions
AUS
[7]
"What Makes You Beautiful" 2012 62
"Big Yellow Taxi" 84
"Sweet Disposition" 59
"Dreams" 82
"The Last Day on Earth" 90

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knox, David (2012-09-13). "Boy factor on The X Factor". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  2. ^ a b Byrnes, Holly (2012-09-13). "X Factor – the live shows begin". The Daily Telegraph (News Limited). Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  3. ^ a b c "The X-Factor Australia Contestant – Bella Ferraro". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. 2012-09-13. Archived from the original on 2012-09-13. 
  4. ^ "X Factor Australia's Top Twelve Revealed". The Hot Hits Live from LA. MCM Entertainment. 2012-09-13. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  5. ^ Lewdon, Courtney (2012-09-17). "The X Factor Australia – Season Four – Top 12 Performance Show: It's Judges Choice!". Throng. Throng Media. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  6. ^ a b "Song List: Party All Night!". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 2012-09-25. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Peak chart positions for songs on the ARIA Singles Chart:
  8. ^ a b c "Song List: Top 10 Hits!". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 2012-10-01. 
  9. ^ Lewdon, Courtney. "The X Factor Australia – Season Four – Australia Pics Their Six!". Throng. Throng Media. Archived from the original on 2012-12-13. 
  10. ^ a b "Song List: Made in Australia!". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 2012-10-29. 
  11. ^ Lewdon, Courtney (2012-10-30). "The X Factor Australia – Season Four – The Top Six Dives To Five". Throng. Throng Media. Archived from the original on 2012-12-13. 
  12. ^ a b "Song List: Judges' Challenge!". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 2012-11-06. 
  13. ^ Lewdon, Courtney (2012-11-06). "The X Factor Australia – Season Four – Four To The Floor". Throng. Throng Media. Archived from the original on 2012-12-13. 
  14. ^ a b "Song List: Power and Passion!". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 2012-11-12. 
  15. ^ Lewdon, Courtney (2012-11-13). "The X Factor Australia – Season Four – Semi Final Decider". Throng. Throng Media. Archived from the original on 2012-12-13. 
  16. ^ "Song List: Legends Week!". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 2012-10-08. 
  17. ^ "Song List: Songs of Now!". The X Factor Australia. Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. 
  18. ^ "Set Me on Fire by Bella Ferraro". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 
  19. ^ a b c Peak chart positions for singles on the ARIA Singles Chart:
  20. ^ "Forgot You (feat. Will Singe) by Bella Ferraro". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple. Retrieved 2013-10-29. 

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