Jerry’s got the Cold Beer to get the party started

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Fast-rising Portsmouth singer-songwriter Jerry Williams is launching her new EP with a free show on Sunday.

The video for the EP’s lead track, Cold Beer, has already proved to be an online hit – it’s topped 21,000 views since being posted last month.

And eagle-eyed viewers will more than likely be able to pick out some of the places featured in the video.

As you watch Jerry and her would-be-beau with the big hair you can spot Meat & Barrel, Lucile’s Creperie, The Chambers, Pie & Vinyl, Clarence Pier and the Bandstand.

And one of the locations is where she’ll be holding Sunday’s launch party – Tiger Tiger at Gunwharf Quays.

The track also marks a change of sound for Jerry, who is the reigning Guide Awards solo artist winner. Where previous releases have been all-acoustic, this time round she’s back with a band and taking a swerve into full-bodied disco pop.

‘It’s a bit different, people are used to hearing me with just my guitar,’ explains the 19-year-old. ‘It’s a bit of a change and a different aspect of me, what I like to listen to, and what I like to play.

‘But I think it’s pretty cool and it is fun working with a band.

‘It doesn’t mean I’m not playing acoustic any more, it just fitted the song.’

And she reveals how they managed to make some rather busy city spots look deserted.

People are used to hearing me with just my guitar. It’s a bit of a change and a different aspect of me and what I like to listen to

Jerry Williams

‘It took two long days, from eight in the morning to one in the morning, but it was totally worth it.

‘Everybody was amazing, the shoot was amazing. I had the best fun.

‘The bandstand was late at night, about 12, all the Portsmouth university film students helped us out for nothing.

‘I couldn’t believe what they’d done when I saw it, all that hard work – it was decorated with all my family’s fairy lights. I got quite emotional.’

And as to who’s hiding under the hair?

Jerry’s not telling: ‘No-one’s going to know – it’s like the new Stig.’

Besides the EP, Jerry has been busy performing at Wilderness Festival, The Great Escape in Brighton and supporting chart-topping pop rock band Rixton at Thorpe Park.

‘It’s been busy days, but when you’re in it, it’s an adrenaline rush. Playing at Thorpe Park was great – you got free rides,’ she laughs.

‘And Wilderness was such a beautiful festival, it was such a big stage.’

But Jerry is no stranger to a big stage – she appeared five times at Victorious Festival last year, and is back again this year.

‘I’d love to top that,’ she adds, ‘but I’ve got two official slots on Saturday, and I’m a reserve if someone drops out, so we’ll see.’

The Cold Beer EP is out today. See Jerry at Tiger Tiger on Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. Go to facebook.com

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