From Nefyn in awe
Nov 23 2007 by David Powell, Daily Post
Singer Duffy says she’s a writer not a pop star
A TALENTED singer from Nefyn is rapidly becoming a shining star in the music business. Duffy – whose real name is Amy Anne Duffy – is already a hot property among Radio One DJs and sings on Jools Holland’s acclaimed TV show tonight.
This endearing 22-year-old singer-songwriter looks and sounds like a young Dusty Springfield and talks like an unassuming, almost girl-like Cerys Matthews. Both Duffy and Cerys have lived in Pembrokeshire.
But Duffy is carving her own niche in the music biz with the lovely Sixties-style ballad Rockferry and a forthcoming CD out in March 2008.
On Jools Holland’s BBC2 programme tonight, she’ll be singing her songs Warwick Avenue and Mercy.
The recorded show also features Sixties’ icon Dion, famous for singing The Wanderer, top British rapper Kano and Blur frontman Damon Albarn.
Duffy said of such company: “Oh my gosh, it’s really mind blowing. It’s a bit of a dream, a bit overwhelming. I don’t think I’m a pop star. I just write songs.”
On Dion, she said: “He was amazing. He was talking about writing with John Lennon. And Jools himself was a sweet, lovely guy.”
On comparisons with former Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews, she says she hasn’t met her and wouldn’t be brave enough to go on the show I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here on which Matthews has canoodled with evicted Marc Bannerman.
Duffy comes from Nefyn but, when she was 10, her parents divorced. She moved to Pembrokeshire but returned to Nefyn at the age of 15.
She started singing in bands and met Richard Parfitt from Newport band, 60ft Dolls. Richard knew the Rough Trade label’s Jeannette Lee who now manages her. She is signed to A&M Records.