Music: My Influence on Soul Diva Norah
Byline: with Kate Mansey
KATHRYN Williams is one of the most underrated female singers around.
The Liverpudlian's soul-searching lyrics and wonderful melodies have influenced the likes of Norah Jones and was nominated for a Mercury Music prize.
But her distrust of the industry and her staunch desire to go her own way have paid off dividends, with her latest album Over Fly Over which is a joy from start to finish.
Now living in Newcastle, Kathryn is looking forward to playing Runcorn's Brindley Theatre on Friday June 10.
But the talented artist, who also sells her own oil paintings at her concerts, is remarkably humble about all that she has achieved.
She says: 'When Norah Jones was first starting out I got a letter from her saying that she really liked my music and that it had influenced her. That was really nice.'
Kathryn first started playing in a band with her sister when she was a pupil at Gateacre Comprehensive.
The songwriter, who grew up in Childwall, says: 'When I was just starting out I was at a showcase with about 50 talent scouts from London. They were all offering me different deals but I didn't trust any of them so I decided to set up my own label. I wanted to start honestly and decide for myself how my music should sound.'
After setting up Caw Records - named after the sound a crow makes - Kathryn has gone on to produce some cracking stuff.
In 2000 her album Little Black Numbers was nominated for a Mercury Music Award - an industry benchmark of greatness. …