JERRY Williams’ dream is to be a professional singer-songwriter – and she’s made an impressive start to what could be an illustrious career by winning The News Instant Star talent contest for 2013.
The 17-year-old from Crofton Road, Milton, Portsmouth was the unanimous choice of judges at Wednesday night’s auditions in Southsea.
She beat 17 other contestants by singing and playing her own composition Don’t Worry, a witty ditty about being ever so slightly obsessed with an ex-boyfriend.
When she found out she’d won, an excited Jerry said: ‘Wow, thanks so much. I’m a bit shocked.’
She is studying A-levels in English, music and music technology at South Downs College and has already done some gigs in Portsmouth at venues including The Cellars, Little Johnny Russells and the Wedgewood Rooms.
Jerry said: ‘I love performing and just want to get my music out there.’
She added: ‘I write about what I feel and hear and about everyday life.
‘I really love writing lyrics, making up stories and being creative.’
Jerry began learning classical guitar at the age of 12. Then she started writing songs and bought herself an acoustic guitar at 14.
Artists she cites as influences on her music include Jake Bugg, Johnny Cash and David Gray.
Now her proud family of mum Jayne, dad Louy and brother Buddy can look forward to seeing Jerry perform on stage at the Kings Theatre in front of hundreds in a big Children In Need charity show on Sunday, November 10.
As well as Jerry, the show will feature a Vegas Medley by Manic Stage Productions, the Wessex Cancer Trust Choir, Abstract Dance & Performing Arts, comedian James Alderson and students from South Downs College in a performance that includes Oh The Thinks You Can Think from Seussical the Musical and Welcome to Wonderland from Wonderland.
Jerry will also get a coveted spot in the line-up for two awards ceremonies organised by The News and staged at the Kings – the We Can Do It awards on Sunday, November 17 and The Guide Awards on Monday, January 20, 2014.
For Children In Need show tickets, call the Kings box office on (023) 9282 8282.
Click on the links for videos of our Instant Star contestants