Debut album from Karima Francis
'The Author' Debut Album Released March 23rd
'Again' New Single Out March 9th
on Kitchenware Records
“To watch her on stage and see this diminutive and shy retirer hold back her head and roar is to experience music at its most transformative.” Sunday Times Culture
&tThere are debut singers whose tender years and inexperience clearly inform their early recordings – you can almost hear the tentativeness and reserve in their vocal performances. And then there are those who clear this hurdle in one bound, who hurl themselves over the precipice, who go straight for the blood and guts of a song.
Nobody who has heard Karima Francis, live or on disc, can be in any doubt as to which category the Blackpool-born, Manchester-based musician belongs to. Listening to the 21-year-old grab a melody and lyric by the throat is to experience the sound of a singer whose pent-up expressiveness was hidden away for too long, and is now exploding into glorious colour. The Limited edition 7” digital single, ‘Chasing The Morning Light’, released last year provides a more than tantalising insight into her stunning debut album.
‘The Author’, Karima’s debut album, effortlessly broods and flows – with a passion for melody and heartfelt lyrics. Musically, the songs are deeply personal compositions inspired by a difficult upbringing. Incidentally, it was her mother who encouraged Karima to take up singing.
Her musical journey turned a corner when she blew away Manchester’s’ In The City’ music conference, leaving them all wide-eyed and open-mouthed.
Comparisons to Tracy Chapman and Joan Armatrading are inescapable, but these only offer a superficial sense of where Karima’s music lies.
Fully complemented by the stripped down sound of her guitarist, Simon Robbs, Karima showcases her debut album ‘The Author’ on an intimate tour of the UK, featuring her stunning new single ‘Again’, out March 9th.
“Singer-songwriter with an emotional depth that belies her tender years.” The Next Big Thing, Daily Mail
“I’ve just got a copy of her album The Author and it blew me away. All the songs are great and the title track just sums her up.” James Morrison for the Telegraph
“A voice as striking as her appearance and a natural ability to disappear into her songs.” Clash
“An amazing voice…even if she sang the phone book, we’d be excited.” BBC Online
13/3 Cardiff Barfly
15/3 Newcastle Cluny
16/3 Birmingham Glee Club
19/3 Leeds Cockpit
20/3 Blackburn College SU
21/3 Newbury Arlington Arts Centre
24/3 Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
25/3 Manchester Deaf Institute
26/3 London Bush Hall