Karima Francis is a Blackpool-born singer-songwriter. She is currently[when?] based in Manchester. She was named by The Observer as the number 1 act to watch in 2009. After performing at In The City in Manchester, she was signed by the independent record company Kitchenware Records.. She signed with Vertigo Records, a division of Mercury Music Group, in 2011. She released her first album, The Author, on 23 March, 2009, to mixed reviews. The record was produced by Kevin Bacon and Jonathan Quarmby. Her single, "Again", was single of the week on iTunes in March 2009.