EARLIER this month, 22-year-old Moya was in the crowd at the O2. In two weeks, she’ll be centre stage.

The pop-soul songstress, born Emily Andrews, will be supporting Rod Stewart at the cavernous Greenwich venue on June 4 and June 6.

She said: “It’s a real pinch-me moment. If someone told me two years ago what I would be doing I would have laughed in their face to be honest. It happened really quickly.

“It’s going to be absolutely mental. You’ll probably have to push me onto the stage because I’m going to be so nervous.

“I went to see Beyonce there a couple of weeks ago and I was sat there thinking ‘oh dear god, that’s going to be me.’

“I was looking round thinking ‘there are quite a lot of people in this arena’. I’m sure it’s going to be fine, what a fantastic opportunity to be given.”

The pop star from Poole, Dorset, released her debut single Make Me Fall last July and it was fast-tracked to Radio 2’s A playlist, catapulting her to stardom.

Moya said: “I’ve always tried to take a back seat and not get too ahead of myself. We started off on the B-list and I thought we were going to be on the C, and then all of a sudden we were on the A and it was just crazy how things can flip around.

“My first single went straight to the A list, you can’t write that kind of stuff.”

Moya has toured relentlessly since, and has just returned from a run with former Simply Red man Mick Hucknall.

Her new single A Little More Love has over half a million views on Youtube.

The rave reaction to her music has even stretched stateside with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton describing her as a ‘female Bruno Mars’.

She said: “It’s crazy, I love his stuff. Obviously he’s selling a lot of records and doing very well for himself so to be compared to someone like that is obviously a good thing.”

Believe it or not, the singer said this wasn’t even her first choice of career.

She said: “This wasn’t on the agenda, this wasn’t what I was supposed to be doing.

“I really wanted to do musical theatre - that was the big dream when I was little. I didn’t get into drama school so it was a blessing in disguise when I had to sit down and re-evaluate my life and what am I going to do.”

She began writing songs “four or five” years ago and said she inspiration is not hard to come by.

She said: “I could be really hungover and I’d write a song, or I could be on the train, it really doesn’t matter to me.

“My phone is completely full with voice memos of me just singing in the car. I go back and look at them and think ‘what the hell was I thinking?’”

“I write a lot of diaries and stuff. I’m a keen writer, I get a lot of my emotion and anger out so I don’t have to put it on anyone else.

“It is a bit like therapy. You need therapy when you’re a musician, everyone’s a bit messed up aren’t they?”

Moya will support Rod Stewart at the O2 in Greenwich on June 4 and June 6. Go to axs.com for tickets.

Her single A Little More Love is out now.