At a time when country music is exploding into the mainstream with huge collaborations between Justin Timberlake and ChrisStapleton, and BebeRexha and FloridaGeorgiaLine, CatherineMcGrath is poised to become the first international crossover star from the burgeoning UK country scene.
Recent weeks have seen Catherine continue to soar ahead of the July27th release of her debut album Talk Of This Town. Her current single ‘Wild’ has earned airplay from ScottMills at Radio 1 and JoWhiley at Radio 2, and in addition to achieving a 10th consecutive New Music Friday playlist addition, ‘Wild’ was also added to Spotify UK’shuge The Pop List. Catherine recently unveiled the video for the track which, shot inNashville, reflects on Catherine’s own experiences of going on a date to a Coldplayconcert with a guy who was still fixated on his ex.
Now the young singer-songwriter has announced the details of her biggest tour to date, including the biggest headline show of her career so far at London’s Scala. Catherine’s debut headline show at the Camden Assembly sold-out in days, while her secondLondon gig at BushHall tomorrow sold-out within two hours. The dates are:
SEPTEMBER – NEW HEADLINE TOUR: 14th – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms 15th – Brighton, The Haunt 17th – Bristol, Thekla 18th – London, Scala 19th – Birmingham, O2 Institute 3 20th – Manchester, Gorilla 22nd – Liverpool, Arts Club Loft 23rd – Leeds, The Wardrobe 24th – Gateshead, Sage 2 26th – Glasgow, Saint Luke’s
Tickets go on general sale from this Friday, May 4th.
Catherine’s forthcoming debut album Talk Of This Town was recorded at various locations in Nashville and London, and affirms her credentials as an artist and songwriter to be reckoned with.
Other highlights include ‘Don’t Let Me Forget’, a duet with the American country sensation HunterHayes; the anthemic ‘Lost In The Middle’, a celebration of the escapist qualities of country music; and the closing ‘She’ll Never Love You’, a stripped-back ballad which showcases the power and finesse of Catherine’s vocal.
Raised in Rostrevor, a small rural village in NorthernIreland, CatherineMcGrath is the personification of how country music is opening its borders to talent from far outside of its epicentre in Nashville. In fact, Catherine was immediately embraced by the community upon her first visit.
Working with a kindred spirit in the shape of producer SteveRobson – a Geordie who became a force within the scene after co-writing Rascal Flatts’ smash hit ‘What Hurts The Most’ – Catherine went onto collaborate with a number of Nashville powerhouse producers and co-writers such as Jimmy Robbins (KeithUrban), LizRose (TaylorSwift), ForestGlenWhitehead (KelseaBallerini) and SamEllis (HunterHayes).
Country music is of course rooted in Irish folk, so it feels natural that Catherine is at the forefront of a new wave of country. It’s fitting on a personal level too. Catherine was raised in a music loving family, and has regularly performed at her parents’ spirited Fiddler’sGreen festival, which attracts musicians from as far afield as North America andGermany. And when Catherine was ready to reach a wider audience, she posted covers of her favourite country songs to YouTube which resulted in her obtaining management and signing a deal with WarnerBros. Records.
In addition to her new headline tour, Catherine’s live schedule also includes this week’s headline tour, Radio 2’s The Biggest Weekend, a BritishSummerTime show as support to MichaelBublé and a selection of other key festivals:
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED SHOWs:
MAY 1st – Manchester, Deaf Institute (SOLD OUT) 2nd – London, Bush Hall (SOLD OUT) 4th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut 5th – Live At Leeds 27th – Coventry, Radio 2’s The Biggest Weekend
JUNE 23rd – Isle of Wight Festival
JULY 13th – London, British Summer Time (support to Michael Bublé) 15th – Oxford, Cornbury Music Festival