Laura’s going home

Laura White
Laura White

FORMER X Factor singer Laura White is returning to her roots.

The Atherton-born star will go back to her former student days and perform a concert at the University of Bolton on November 1.

The 26-year-old studied creative writing at the university and is delighted to go back to where it all began.

Dr Zubair Hanslot, professor at the university, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Laura back to her University.

“Laura left us to pursue her dreams and it is a pleasure for us to be able to share her success with our staff and students and any fans who want to see her sing here.”

Laura said: “It’s so wonderful when I come home,

“I love Bolton and I feel like the locals are very supportive of me.

“This town has such a great community, I feel very welcome when I’m here.”

The concert, which starts at 7pm, will be free, but fans must register to see Laura perform.

To book a place for the concert go to LauraWhite

Laura is now working hard to promote her debut EP - What My Mother Taught Me and is releasing her first single from the collection - Come on Josephine.

She said the title of the EP was inspired by her mum, as she wanted to give a big thank you to her..

She said: “For every argument I’ve ever had with friends and for every time I’ve been heartbroken, my mum’s been there for me through it all.

“She is the most inspirational woman I know.”

She will release the music through her own record label, after turning down a number of major label deals following her time on The X Factor.

After she reached the top seven contestants in the fifth series of the ITV show in 2008, Laura has had a successful songwriting career since her time on the show, penning tracks for the likes of Beyoncé, LeAnn Rimes, Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora.

Speaking about her new music, she said: “My songs are all my own ideas, I write both the lyrics and music.”