Last October Rae Morris played a gig in Southsea as support to George Ezra at The Pyramids Centre.
And it’s a show that sticks out in the mind of the Blackpool-born singer-songwriter as she prepares to return to town for her first headline show here when she plays The Wedgewood Rooms on Wednesday.
She recalls: ‘I remember that gig because of how weird and wonderful the venue is.
‘Me and George couldn’t get over the fact that there’s a pool in the back there, and it felt like a school disco because there’s a carpet and they sell hot dogs.
‘It was actually a great gig, I remember it being quite hot and intense.’
With her old touring partner undoubtedly one of the stars of 2014, things are looking good for Morris in 2015.
Rae’s debut album Unguarded was released two weeks ago, sneaking into the top 10 at number nine. She also featured on numerous ‘one to watch lists’ including the BBC’s influential Sound of 2015.
However, Rae was too busy focusing on the release of her album at the time: ‘I really hadn’t thought about it, when it was going on I was so busy.
‘All of the people who did well in 2014 were on that list and I think it’s a wonderful way of exploding your music.
‘But when I found out about it, I was really surprised because I didn’t expect it.’
Describing her album, she says: ‘I see my album as a coming-of-age tale, from start to finish, from then to now. I guess it’s a series of diary entries documenting these important years of growing up and learning. I’m not trying to be cryptic. It’s really simple. That’s just how I see it. I’m just being completely myself.’
One of the album’s tracks is former single, Cold, which features Fryars – who will be supporting her on this tour. So can we expect a duet?
‘You know, we haven’t even spoken about that yet,’ she says. ‘I’d love to do that – when I play that without him I sing both parts of the duet myself so it sounds like a really hateful song because it sounds like I’m directing all this anger one way, but when we do it together we can direct it at each other.’
And she laughs: ‘It’s going to be an aggressive tour.’
Despite still being just 21, Morris is already something of a veteran – she was signed to Atlantic records in 2011, released her debut single For You in 2012, and has toured non-stop ever since.
See her at The Wedge on Wednesday, doors open 8pm. Tickets £11. Go to wedgewood-rooms.co.uk