Catherine McGrath is following up the release of her debut EP, ‘One’, with a special show supporting The Saturdays’ Una Healy at St Pancras Old Church on 15 February.
The 19-year-old County Down-born singer’s love of country was initially inspired by the likes of Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, Dan + Shay, and Maddie & Tae.
“That music wasn’t played where I was from, so you had to go and discover yourself,” she says. “The reason I love country so much is because there’s such of range of things you can sing about. It’s so honest – the songs start as just a story or an emotion and the music follows on from there.”
‘One’ – which features songs like the sassy ‘Hell Would Have To Freeze Over’, plaintive ‘Cinderella’ (co-written with Taylor Swift collaborator Liz Rose), and stripped-back take on Jessie Ware’s ‘Say You Love Me’ – “fits all of the different parts of my personality”, says McGrath.
“If there was more awareness of what country music really is compared to what people think it is, lots more people would love it,” she adds. “I’m writing music that I genuinely love and I care about the message that I’m sending out.”
- ‘One’ is out now on Warrner Bros. Records.