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Saturday 31 January 2015

Oniyama: Morrissey a great lyricist

Josephine Oniyama said she feels ready to hit the road
Josephine Oniyama said she feels ready to hit the road

Singer-songwriter Josephine Oniyama has admitted she is flattered by comparisons to Morrissey.

The 30-year-old from Manchester - who released her debut album, Portrait, last October - has been compared to the star lyrically.

She said: "He's a great lyricist, so I hope it's true! Not many people get compared to him, he's very specific. His style is quite literal, so I don't think my lyrics are, I don't tell stories in the same way, but in terms of quality, then I'm flattered by any comparison.

"I grew up listening to The Smiths, so I am a big fan."

Josephine is getting ready to hit the road on tour and confessed she can't wait.

"It's just going to be the two of us, myself and accompanist," she said. "It's my first headline tour, so I can't wait. I've done a lot of support tours, most recently with Paloma Faith, but this is my first full tour of my own."

She added: "Luckily I've done so many shows over the past few years, particularly in the past year, and I feel ready. We came back from South By South West last month and we'd done a lot of playing over there, so we're rehearsed."

The rising star is planning to pen some more music after she's finished with her tour.

She said: "After this tour there's a bit of downtime before festivals start, so I'm going to relax and write more songs. Then there are festivals to play, then hopefully in the autumn I get started on recording my next album. There might be another tour too."

:: Josephine begins a UK tour on April 9. For more information, visit www.josephineoniyama.com

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