Short Stop With....Jerry Williams

Jerry Williams

She's drawn the attention of some big songwriters, having penned tracks with the likes of Newton Faulkner and Carey Willets from Athlete but UK teen songstress Jerry Williams is still keeping her feet firmly on the ground. George R Vaughan caught up with her to find out a little more about the girl behind the singer.

What kind of music influenced you as you were growing up?
I listened to a lot of different music as I was growing up. My parents are into artists like Coldplay and David Gray and I love those artists now. I think their music taste definitely rubbed off on me. My Nan and Grandad listen to a lot of country and Johnny Cash and that’s definitely influenced me as well. 

Were your parents supportive of your decision to make career in music?
Yes. I’m so lucky to have such supportive parents and family! I love sharing my experiences with them and I love the fact that they are involved in the process. It’s hard work so it's so lovely to have your family and friends rooting for you.

Do you enjoy the writing process?
I do. I love cocooning myself in my bedroom when its raining or something, just chilling on my guitar and singing words. I love it when a song just flows out and it’s easy. However, I hate being in a writer’s block and not being able to write anything. It’s so frustrating when that happens, but it’s part of the process.

How would you classify your music?
I’m not sure. I just write the songs and co-produce them and then leave it up to other people to decide what genre or style it is. I just write what I like. However, I would say that my songs have a strong narrative that reflects honest moments or stories in my life. 

Do you have any tours or gigs lined up in the UK? 
I’ve got a few cool gigs lined up for the rest of the year including ‘Bear Grylls Survival Race and Festival’ which should be pretty cool! Also, I’m playing at Dials Festival in Portsmouth, which is where all the pubs down Albert Road turn into music venues for the day. Such a great event so that should be so much fun! Both are on October 3rd.

How important is social media to your career?
I think it’s really important. It allows you to connect with people and people to connect with you. It’s such a great platform to share things and to get your personality across as well.

Is there any artist you would like to perform or write with at the moment?
I’d love to write with a band called Slow Club. I love their lyrics and style; they’re just so unique. They seem so funny as well so I can imagine they’d be great company!

What are your main interests outside of music?
I really love vintage clothes. Rummaging through vintage or charity shops is ridiculously fun! I just love finding quirky pieces to wear, especially when they’re one of a kind. I love listening to music and going on drives. I live near the beach so I love to chill down there with friends! 

What is your pet hate?
It makes me cringe when people eat really loudly! But I really hate rude people, who are just rude for no reason. 

What’s your favourite film?
I love a good chick flick! So any films like ‘Mean Girls’ or ‘Legally Blonde’, I’m there! I love ‘500 Days Of Summer’ as well. That film always gets me emotionally.

What’s your star sign?
My birthday is the November 21st so I’m a Scorpio.

Do you have a favourite food?
I go through phases but I’ll always love a good homemade roast dinner with Yorkshire puddings!

George R Vaughan