Karima’s back on the road and she’s fired up

Karima Francis with her band, new project FIRES

Karima Francis with her band, new project FIRES

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Singer-songwriter Karima Francis is back on the road - and she’s on fire.

Formerly finding critical acclaim as a solo singer, Karima’s new project FIRES sees her back touring with the newly-formed band.

With live dates including The Ferret in Preston, Karima’s calling on fans to help support FIRES’ new album via website www.pledgemusic.com.

Supporters can ‘pledge’ anything from £8 to £750, and will receive in return a variety of exclusive items - ranging from a simple download of the album on its completion or a signed CD through to a song-writing session with Karima via Skype, a special request recording of a cover by Karima or a private acoustic session for a party or other event.

Encouraging people to support the venture, Karima said online: “To be honest, at first I didn’t get the whole pledge thing, until I realised I can offer some unique items and interact directly with my fans and - if I meet my target - you will help me to have the ability to fund my own record.

“Surely that’s the perfect dream for any artist, no? Well, it is for me.

“By pre-ordering or ‘pledging’ for your copy of the album, you will not only receive an download of the album as soon as it’s ready, but you will also have the chance to get lots of exciting exclusive items, from signed CDs, handwritten lyric sheets, signed artwork posters, my very own acoustic guitar, and even the chance for me to come to your home and play a set of whatever songs you like.

“I’m so excited for you all to hear the record, and thank you for your pledges so far, each and every little counts. So pledge and be a part of the FIRES album. I really can’t wait for you all to hear it. Thank you.”

So far, 35 per cent of the band’s target has been met, with 13 more days left to take part in the funding scheme.

Karima’s debut album The Author, in 2009, saw her hailed as ‘one to watch’ by The Observer, and lead track singer Again went to number one in the iTunes Single of the Week chart - prompting a booking for Later... with Jools Holland, often cited by Rae Morris as part of her inspiration to become a singer.

Two years later, after a brief break from the industry due to illness, Karima came back with the follow-up album The Remedy charting her recovery and the way music helped her recover.

* FIRES featuring Karima Francis, Sunday, May 3, doors 8pm, The Ferret, Preston. Advance tickets from www.wegottickets.com for £6, on the door £8.