Yes she’s young (21), her lyrics may still be a bit basic and her vocal delivery can be a bit all over the place at times, but Karima Francis has a voice that deserves a bit of blog hype as far as I’m concerned.

I must admit I mistook her for a boy when I first caught a glimpse of her on Jools Holland the other night. She’s an unassuming androgynous bit of a thing, except for that triumphant head of hair. And that voice of course!

She sang Francis, a song how about how she left her Blackpool home to pursue her music career in Manchester. Her debut album The Author is out now, check out title track The Author and lead single Again :

Karima Francis – The Author

Karima Francis – Again