Lancashire Times
Weekend Edition
Graham Clark
Features Writer
5:59 PM 15th January 2021

Interview With Kerri Watt

Glaswegian singer-songwriter Kerri Watt has just released her debut album, Neptune’s Daughter. The album was recorded in 2018 with Texas based producer Machine who has worked with Fallout Boy, Lamb of God and Clutch.

I spoke to Kerri about her debut album and how she ended up working with Yorkshire band Embrace.

What can can we expect from your new album, Neptune’s Daughter?

I think you will find that the album is full of my influences and it touches on many genres. Growing up I listened to Celine Dion, Sheryl Crow, LeAnne Rimes and I admired people like Bob Dylan and Van Morrison as songwriters. The album is out on CD, cassette, on line exclusively from my official store and there will be a vinyl edition later in the year.

What inspired the keep fit influence on your video to 'You Can’t Catch Me'?

I always have fun visual ideas when writing a song, for this particular video I knew a girl who had a yoga studio and she said you could use the studio for a video, I suppose it is like a workout video.

What made you change from a theatre to a musical career?

I really enjoyed being on stage but when I toured in the Jeckyll and Hyde musical we did eight shows a week, you had to rehearse too for one of the understudy parts inbetween, so it was a lot of hard work. From rehearsals to the end of the tour it was a whole year. After a while of performing the same part every night I thought it would be more fun if I was to become more creative, so I started writing songs. I then did some open nights and found people liked the songs.

You have supported some big acts, did you get to meet most of them?

Coldplay were lovely and very welcoming, in fact everyone who I have supported have been good to me, the only act I didn’t get to meet was Celine Dion.

You did a duet with Yorkshire band Embrace, how did that happen?

Years and years ago Danny from the band came to one of my shows in London and we kept in touch. I used to send him my songs for advice, he suggested I meet his brother Richard which I did and a great working relationship developed. I spent a lot of time working at their studio in Halifax.
The band really know and love their audience and have a great relationship with their fans.

Are you missing playing live shows?

I am, I was meant to be playing some live shows last March and April, there would have been more concerts and more shows but they never happened.

What has been your proudest moment of your career so far?

It has been a long time coming but to get my debut album released is a big achievement for me. There have been so many other moments so far such as supporting Coldplay. I joined Keith Urban on stage too for a duet, that was a dream come true.

The album, Neptune’s Daughter is out now on Cooking Vinyl records.