Karima: ‘I’ve never felt happier about my music’

Blackpool singer Karima Francis
Blackpool singer Karima Francis
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If Karima Francis had any worries people might have forgotten about her, they were blown away when more than 200 people crammed into the Beach House to see her first gig with a new band.

If Karima Francis had any worries people might have forgotten about her, they were blown away when more than 200 people crammed into the Beach House to see her first gig with a new band.

Francis, whose first two albums received good reviews and heavy backing from Radio 2, has been rehearsing with a group of local musicians for the past few weeks.

She organised a gig at the Beach House – a bistro-bar on the Prom – to showcase her new sound (and some new songs from the third album she’s busy writing), though it turned out to be an even bigger event than even she expected.

“It was just going to be a little small gathering at first but it turned into a proper big gig,” said the 25-year-old from North Shore.

“I’ve never felt happier about my music than I do now. I’ve stumbled across some brilliant musicians – just by chance, I wasn’t really looking for a band – and I feel more inspired than ever about the songs I’m playing.

“For me it is now about taking my time with the next album and making sure I get it absolutely right.”

Jess Harwood, Katy Pickles, Mark Thomas and Mike Dignam were also on the bill at the Beach House before Karima and her band finished off the night. She went down a storm, her songs sounding