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.
Jerry Williams was BBC introducing Artist of the week in May 2017 and received Radio 1 airplay for "I'm not in love with you" and having achieved glowing reviews following her appearance at "The great Escape" in Brighton, Jerry is looking forward to a busy Festival season which will include a sought after slot on the Main Stage at Victorious Festival in her home town of Portsmouth in August.
Nick Courtney (promoter)