A Day And A Night With: Jerry Williams – O2 Institute Birmingham

We’re delighted to bring you our second installment of ‘A Day And A Night With…’, where we spend some quality time with one of our favourite new bands or artists – before, during and after a live show. On this occasion, we joined the fantastic Jerry Williams, as she prepared for a set at the O2 Institute Birmingham, supporting the mighty Louise Redknapp! Take a read of our review of the gig, followed by a collection of snaps from the day and night, taken by our wonderful photographer Victoria Ling…

Jerry Williams
may be a familiar name to most of you and I really hope it is not the Swedish singer that comes to mind, as the Jerry Williams I am about to tell you about is first and foremost female and she happens to hail from Portsmouth on the South Coast of England.

I got to meet and witness the petite and bubbly songstress at her first live show of 2018, which happened to be as a support to 1990’s pop-sensation Louise, at Birmingham’s O2 Institute. How would this even go down? The show, that was close to sell out capacity, saw the crowd gathered for nostalgic reasons, and here was Jerry Williams, barely out of nappies in the 90’s, opening the night! But this did not phase her. Jerry was raring to go and with the lights down she introduced her sound with Mother – the crowd was then hers, with even a few whoops straight in there.

The song that stood out the most was Velcro, with the lyrics, “stuck on you like honey, you can be sweet like cinnamon.” Like most of her other songs, the lyrics are poetically narrative and from the short set, this song really highlighted her vocal ability. In between numbers she engaged the crowd with stories and as the set went on, the crowd also got livelier. Left And Right and her current track Grab Life, were two very up-tempo numbers that closed out Jerry’s successful support slot.

Going up against a crowd reliving their younger years, Jerry definitely held her own. She normally performs with a band, which would be interesting to see but as a solo artist she is vibrant and energetic. This is simply who Jerry is. We spent some time together before the show and she had an air of magnetic friendliness around her. After the show she commented that she felt great on stage and with the reaction she got ,I am not surprised. She definitely gave them a new blood of music to sink their ears into!

Jerry watched Louise’s set from the sidelines, soaking up the atmosphere and dancing around, full of smiles, which simply echoed her stage presence. What can I say, Jerry Williams – what you see is what you get. Even with her sad songs, she isn’t ‘watching the sunshine from her bed’ – a slight adjustment to her lyrics in the song Grab Life, but a true testament to her. It is no wonder that she is hot-footing it over to Texas for this year’s BBC Introducing stage at SXSW and then back to Blighty for a highly-anticipated spot at Brighton’s The Great Escape.

If Jerry Williams is not on your ‘ones to watch’ list yet, there is no doubt she will be soon, as even the UMA (Unsigned Music Awards) has her in this year’s categories for Best Solo Female and Best Songwriter – keep an eye out!

Words & Images by Victoria Ling