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Kerri Watt

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Kerri Watt is a Scottish singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist from Glasgow, Scotland.

Early life


Watt was born and raised in a small town on the outskirts of Glasgow, Scotland. At the age of 16, Kerri Watt was accepted to a performing arts high school[which?] in Orange County, California, and subsequently relocated there. Following a year of study in the United States, she returned to London to receive training at Laine Theatre Arts. In 2008 and 2009, Watt served as the understudy for the role of Cinderella, performing alongside Steve Guttenberg in a two-month engagement at Churchill Theatre Bromley. Additionally, she participated in Bill Kenwright's production of Jekyll and Hyde, touring the United Kingdom in 2011 with Marti Pellow. After her time in theatre, Watt transitioned to pursuing a music career.[1]



Watt's single, "Long Way Home", was playlisted on BBC Radio 2's A-List.[2] She performed the song on ITV's Weekend with Aled Jones on 27 June 2015.

Also in 2015, Watt released a remix of her song "You", produced by Oliver Nelson. In March 2016, Watt released the single "The Wild" which was also added to the BBC Radio 2 B Playlist where it stayed for a month. While promoting the single, she toured the UK visiting over 20 radio stations, and made a live appearance on STV's Live at Five in Glasgow on 22 March 2016.

In 2015 and 2016, Watt toured the UK and Europe supporting acts such as Mike and the Mechanics, Ward Thomas, Nina Nesbitt, The Overtones, and Starsailor, and played festivals including Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, and Boardmasters.

On 11 and 12 July 2017, Watt joined Embrace on stage at the Millennium Stadium to open for Coldplay on their "A Head Full Of Dreams Tour." Watt's collaboration with Embrace, "Never" was released as the lead single from Embrace's album the following year and was added to the BBC Radio 2 C list.

In May 2017, Watt announced her next single, "Old School Love", would be released on 7 July through East West Records, a part of Warner Music Group.

In 2018, Watt took a step back from releasing music to write and record material in Austin, Texas with Metal producer 'Machine' (Lamb of God/Clutch). Watt spent the remainder of 2018 road-testing her new music around the UK at various festivals including C2C and Country Music Week and supported artists on tour including David Ramirez, Curse of Lono, and Tom Speight.[citation needed]

For six months in 2018 while writing her debut album, Watt presented "The Americana Show with Kerri Watt" for 2 hours every Wednesday on Scottish radio station Pulse 98.4 FM.[citation needed] As host, Watt interviewed artists including Reef, Chance McCoy of Old Crow Medicine Show, and Jon Allen while also playing Americana music.

At the start of 2019, Watt signed an album deal and a publishing deal with record label Cooking Vinyl. On 1 July, Watt announced her first single with Cooking Vinyl, "Cut Me Loose", would be released on 12 July. The song was featured on the BBC's televised footage of the Wimbledon Men's Final and made several appearances in episodes of British soap EastEnders. The song was also featured in the Call of Duty mobile game for the Christmas season 2020. She also released the single "Chasing Aeroplanes" on 1 November. It premiered on Bob Harris's Radio 2 Country Show. In 2019, Watt supported several artists including Keith Urban in London (where she additionally joined him on stage to sing Carrie Underwood's vocal parts from his 2016 hit single "The Fighter"), as a special guest to Julio Iglesias at The Royal Albert Hall, to Rick Astley at Kew The Music and Joe Jackson at The Palladium. Watt performed a mix of solo and full band shows at Glastonbury Festival, C2C, British Summer Time (with Celine Dion) , and Cambridge Folk Festival, and as the special guest performer at BBC Radio Scotland's inaugural Singer-Songwriter Awards 2019.

The beginning of 2020 saw Watt continuing with live shows throughout the UK. In January she performed at Celtic Connections in her home town of Glasgow and as a headliner at the AMAUK Showcase in London before going on to perform over 30 live streams throughout the Spring. Also in January, Watt performed a special acoustic version of "Psychotic Girl" by The Black Keys for The Mahogany Sessions - Covers.

Watt released her third single with Cooking Vinyl "Kissing Fools" on 14 February. In March 2020, Watt was invited to the home studio of Bob Harris to record an acoustic version of the song for Under The Apple Tree Sessions. In April 2020, Watt released an acoustic version of her 2019 single "Cut Me Loose" featuring London singer songwriter, Samuel Jack.

On 20 July 2020, Watt announced she would be releasing a series of three EPs called Chapters with Cooking Vinyl each including a song from her upcoming album with some stripped back originals and covers.

In 2021, Watt released her debut album "Neptune's Daughter" with Cooking Vinyl. The record debuted at number 11 on the Official UK Americana Charts and was described by Lisa Verrico in The Sunday Times as "an eclectic mix of spooky and sweet...a Quentin Tarantino-style soundtrack".[3] The lead single from the album "Band of Gold" was championed by Bob Harris at BBC Radio 2 and Ricky Ross at BBC Radio Scotland. "Band of Gold" was added to Apple Music's "New Music Daily" Playlist in 14 countries. The single had an accompanying music video that featured footage from her time recording the album in Texas and shooting the artwork in California. Later in 2021, Watt was special guest to Marti Pellow at his two shows at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Alhambra Theatre.

In November 2021, Watt released "Feeling Alright", written with her brother Fraser Watt and two songwriter friends: Jeff Cohen and Jenn Bostic under the group name "Big Kids". The song was used by Samsung for a commercial in their 2021/2022 global holiday campaign.

In the spring of 2022, Watt released a collaboration with British blues artist Mississippi MacDonald called "Devils Chain". In October 2022, Watt was special guest to Samuel Jack on his UK tour in Glasgow at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut.[4]


  1. ^ "Kerri Watt performs Maybe (music session)". The Daily Telegraph. 21 July 2015. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  2. ^ "BBC Radio 2 Playlist News: A-A-B-C!". Hessomedia.com. 26 August 2015. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Kerri Watt - Neptune's Daughter (Cooking Vinyl)". yorkshiretimes.co.uk. Retrieved 2 November 2023.
  4. ^ Rockpit, The (23 April 2022). "MISSISSIPPI MACDONALD releases new single 'DEVIL'S CHAIN', Featuring Kerri Watt, & its accompanying video". The Rockpit. Retrieved 2 November 2023.