So we sent some questions over to one of this year’s up-and-comers Sunday Girl (aka Jade Williams) to find out what she’s been doing this year. Take it away, Jade…
Hello Jade, how are you today? What are you up to?
I’m good thank you, very busy but having a great time. Just general Sunday Girl stuff! Writing, drawing, blogging etc
Can you tell us a bit about yourself? You’re certainly a multi-talented star of the future, with all the creativity that oozes from your blog…
Well firstly the name ‘Sunday Girl’ came from me working in an old fashioned pet shop every Sunday for years. Nobody knew my name so I was nicknamed the ‘Sunday Girl’. I loved to sing when I was young but was so shy and had a real fear of singing in front of anybody. My mum heard me sing in my room and at 17, she took me to a hypnotist. Sounds mad but I went and then wanted to test out if it worked, so I plucked up the courage to go to a choir-thing a few times and this huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders. From there I got into bands with friends doing a bit of everything from ska to jazz. I was singing in a bar in London when I was spotted by a manager who put me in with producers, who could turn my lyrics into songs. I moved to London to start a degree in set design at Wimbledon college of art and on my days off did my song writing. I did lots of co-writes but eventually found Jim Elliot who I clicked with. He’s written songs for Kylie to Ladyhawke. I have always drawn and made things and set design fascinated me. I loved the idea of creating a world that I could sit in afterwards! I like drawing and do all the artwork from the blog to singles. I like to blog what I’m making so people can have a look.
You’ve got some pretty amazing songs already. What’s laying ahead for the rest of 2010? Can we expect an album?
The rest of this year I’m going on tour with Ellie Goulding and just building ‘Sunday Girl’ and also doing some more DJaying. The album is out next year sometime.
You’ve played some pretty big festivals so far this year (Wireless, Dot to Dot) and shows (MTV Presents) – what have they been like? How’s the reception been?
I used to be terrified of performing but I’ve really broken through that this year and it’s a great feeling becoming more and more free on stage. The reception has been great and I’m loving learning to become a performer, I really want to put on a show that the audience will love.
What can we expect from the Sunday Girl live experience in months / years to come?
I can see my performance becoming quite animalistic, flitting from being shy to elegant like a deer. I want the stage set to be captivating and beautiful for me to interact with. I’d like it to be a real show but with vulnerability and awkwardness thrown in.
You’re quite an avid blogger – do you like the whole blogging / social media thing as a way to keep in touch with fans?
I haven’t quite got the hang of Twitter yet and to be honest I prefer using my blog, as I can post things that I think are interesting and can express what I’m doing with photos and I can say more on my blog. I think the blog is really personal and I hope gives my fans a real insight into my life.
What would be a cool location you’d like to do a gig at?
I’d love to do a gig at the National History Museum in one of the display cabinets with the stuffed animals.
Finally, what TV, films and books are you really enjoying at the moment?
I read lots of hippy spiritual books that I know sound pretty naff so I won’t tell you the titles haha. I want to see the new Gainsbourg film, I love Jane Birkin. I don’t watch that much TV but my favourite series recently was ‘Mary Queen of Shops’. This woman would turn failing bakers, furniture shops, hairdressers, etc. into trendy money makers. I’m getting tips for my boutique pet shop I want when I’m old.
The next Sunday Girl single, ‘Stop Hey’, will be released on 6th of February 2011, and you can watch the official promo vid for the song below.