A SUNDERLAND songbird is celebrating the release of her debut single.
Kathryn Wales has already caught the attention of the world’s media with her track Kissing Frogs and has been interviewed by Australian radio as well as reaching playlists in America and Canada.
Closer to home, Kathryn, from Fulwell, shot the video for the single at the Royalty Theatre, off Chester Road.
The 32-year-old, who has moved to London to pursue her career, said: “The feedback so far has been amazing.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I think it will once I hear it on the radio.
“At the minute it all feels a bit surreal.”
Kissing Frogs is available to buy digitally on iTunes and is soon to be sold on HMV and Amazon.
Kathryn, who performs under the name Verda, added: “It’s just available as a download at the minute because physical distribution is so expensive.”
The singer turned her back on a career as an employment advisor after being talent spotted at a national singing contest.
She reached the semi-ﬁnal of Open Mic UK where talent scouts from BGM spotted her potential and offered her a contract.
“The song is based on mine and my friends’ experiences of kissing frogs before you meet your Prince Charming,” she explained.
“It’s poking fun at the fact that I’m still kissing frogs so we wanted the video to have a funny storyline.
“Because of the fairytale element to the song, we thought it would be fun to base the concept of the video around a school play.”
Describing her sounds, Kathryn said: “I’ve been compared to Katy Perry as my music is on the quirky side of things.
“I think Kissing Frogs is something girls can relate to and it’s a summery song which people seem to like about it.”
Earlier in the year, Kathryn enlisted the help of her former school, Monkwearmouth, to design her EP cover.
Year 10 pupil Jemma Mubarak won the design competition and her work will now feature on the iTunes and the HMV website.
l For more information visit www.iamverda.co.uk.