It has been a big year for Southsea songwriter Becky Jerams. Not only has she chased the Eurovision dream (cowritten track Try made the first televised heats for Lithuania this year), reached #7 in the Global Viral Spotify Charts with Surrender by Japanese girlband FAKY, had two songs placed on a Dutch teen movie and scored the ending theme song for the most recent Gundam anime, but she has also had a worldwide album number one with K-Pop supergroup Red Velvet. The track You Better Know which she wrote with Japanese hit-maker Kanata Okajima and Swedish producer Pontus Persson is the second song on mini album The Red Summer and with 120k downloads and millions of streams has become the best selling BSide in the girl band’s history.
Becky started out writing and performing acoustic songs locally in Portsmouth and after being signed to a publisher she began to attend songwriting camps around Europe where she grew her contacts within the Asian pop market. At first, the pop sound of Japan and Korea felt like a world away from her usual style, but she soon fell in love with the slick productions, quirky melodies and sheer originality of this booming market. She has spent the last few years building up a catalogue of songs and hopes to keep adding to her list of placements.
On top of songwriting, Becky’s love of words and storytelling has led her to self-publishing her own series of teen fiction novels. Reasons To Love A Nerd Like Me and Could You Love An Apple? both reached Top 10 in the YA LGBT chart on Amazon Kindle and she is currently working on a brand new book with a theme of music and female friendship.
With so many creative projects under her belt, going back to her retail based day job feels a little like leading a double life. But she wouldn’t have it any other way.