IT’S not often a singer is lost for words.
But that’s exactly how Karima Francis said she felt after seeing her new album, Remedy, on the shelves at HMV in Blackpool.
The ecstatic 25-year-old –who has just returned from Italy where she was asked to play at the wedding of Skin from indie rockers Skunk Anansie – showed stardom has not gone to her head as she popped into the shop to buy her own CD and sign copies for fans.
Karima, who lives in North Shore, said: “It’s a very exciting day. It’s really crazy to see my record on the shelves and playing in the store.
“There aren’t any words to describe it. It’s been a long time coming. Now it’s about getting it to people’s ears and sharing it. The people who support my music have been amazing.”
The former Bispham High School pupil is headed for big things with her new record – produced by Flood who has worked with U2, Depeche Mode, New Order and The Killers.
She added: “It’s quite an emotional record, it’s very honest. Flood did an amazing job.
“I just bought it, I’m really excited about it.
“Stepping out of myself and listening to it as a punter, it just feels really right.”
Karima is set to take to the stage in front of 20,000 people at the Tower Festival Headland for the centenary Illuminations Switch-On on August 31
Gavin Donnelly, assistant manager at the Bank Hey Street store, said the rising star’s fans were over the moon to meet her.
He said: “It was great to have Karima here. It was very busy, she is a local girl and has a good fan base.
“We put a CD aside for her to buy herself and then she stayed around to sign copies for people. It sounds really good.
“It seems like she is quite humbled to see her album.”