FEATURED ARTIST - JERRY WILLIAMS
The first time I saw Jerry Williams perform was on my own regular Thursday night show at The RMA Tavern in Portsmouth on February 28th 2013, nearly 4 years ago, and I remember that night like it was yesterday.
Her whole set was unique, amazing and beautiful from start to finish with 30 minutes and 38 seconds of simple but highly effective storytelling to music that had totally silenced the large audience that had hung onto to every word and every note before bursting into loud and long applause at every opportunity.
Jerry floated seamlessly between her own songs "Aeroplane" "Notes" "Another time" "Sunglasses" "Sand" "Alive" "One way road" and the unexpected covers of "Folsom Prison" by Johnny Cash and "Somebody that I used to know" by Gotye.
Each song was followed by a nervous giggle that not only endeared Jerry to the audience but also demonstrated that the only thing missing from her performance was the large ego that sometimes exists in a person that is destined for greater things. Jerry WIlliams was playing for fun and her trademark smile was lighting up the whole room.
My reaction as Jerry finished her set easily summed up my thoughts.
"Jerry Williams, I have been promoting live music for 10 years and the reason I still do it, is because I get to see performers like you"
This was to be the first of many times that I would have the pleasure of seeing Jerry Williams perform and I have been able to watch her grow into the amazing talent she is today.
Jerry has played Victorious Festival 5 years running, The America's Cup, The Portsmouth Summer Show and has toured with Nathan Sykes, supported Vanessa Carlton, played The Great Escape, Wilderness, Camden Barfly, supported Take That in Hyde Park and lots lots more.
The last few months have had plays from Huw Stephens at Radio 1, had five million combined streams across her songs on Spotify, and Jerry has had glowing reviews from The Guardian, Clash, Gigwise and Wonderland among others.
Her songs have been heard on TV shows including Sunday Brunch, MTV Scream and Made In Chelsea. Her latest Video release is called "Velcro" which is from her "Let's just forget it" EP which also featured the track "Mother". The EP picked up an award at 2016's Unsigned Music Awards, and a new EP is due this summer.
See Jerry Williams perform at The Pyramids, Southsea with Rhythm of the 90s and Devin Jade on Saturday 12th August. Early Bird Ticket go on Sale 29th May at 6.00pm - Limited availability 18+ at www.book.events/rot90s
Nick Courtney (promoter)