13.45 - 14.30 | FRIDAY| STAGE 1
Kerri Watts’ Celtic roots are embedded in the streets of Glasgow where poets grow and strong hearts rule. Her current embracing of Americana is not fashion or vogue; this sound was fused when the then 16 year old Kerri ventured solo to California. She blazed a trail through prestigious venues from West Coast to East Coast across the US honing her craft in places such as Whisky a Go Go in L.A., The Basement in Nashville and NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall. Kerri fell in love with America and its music.
Kerri’s love of travel, nature and adventure didn’t stop in the USA. An adventitious meeting with a music executive in Ibiza saw her returning to the UK to record. Her incredible pure, emotive but powerful voice and pop sensibility soon found her playlisted twice on BBC Radio 2, singles Long Way Home and The Wild. It wasn’t long before live sessions and numerous TV appearances were booked in with ITV, STV and the BBC, and people began to pay real attention to Kerri. Her music hinted at the wide-open spaces of her American experiences yet were carefully crafted pop tunes. Kerri’s collaboration with producer Oliver Nelson on the summer mix of You racked up over a million plays and achieved a number one on Hype Machine with rave reviews.
On the back of her commercial and critical success, Kerri hit the festival circuit running, playing Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Secret Garden Party, Cornbury to name but a few. Kerri honed her stage performances further with support tours for Starsailor, Nina Nesbitt, Ward Thomas and the Overtones. Last Summer, Kerri performed with Embrace and supported COLDPLAY at the Millennium Stadium to over 140,000 people over just two days. She also joined Embrace on Sky 1's Soccer and AM and various radio show interviews in support of Never, the Embrace track that she was featured on, which again was playlisted at BBC Radio 2.
Having spent last summer in Austin Texas in the studio with Grammy Award nominated MACHINE, recording her long-awaited debut album, Kerri then picked up a record deal with Cooking Vinyl Records who were very impressed with Kerri's fun and fresh new sound. She has been seen out performing live already this year with a brand-new killer live band at C2C Festival and also supporting Keith Urban at the O2 Forum, all of these shows receiving rave reviews.
Watch this space as music is on the horizon with the first single release set for Summer 2019.