Country’s newest non-domestic talent hails from the rural outskirts of Belfast. Nineteen-year-old Catherine McGrath’s passion for the sound was piqued far before recent events extended its audience. Initially won over by Taylor Swift’s self-titled pre-pop album, McGrath delved deeper into the genre’s new era of talent in the shape of Kacey Musgraves, Dan + Shay and Maddie & Tae.
Coming from a music loving family, McGrath first took up the guitar as an accompaniment for her voice. Soon enough, McGrath started writing songs which blended her unique UK perspective on country alongside pop influences such as George Ezra and Ed Sheeran. Eager to gauge a wider reaction to her talent, McGrath began to upload her inimitable country inspired performances of massive pop hits to YouTube.
After six months in London honing her songwriting skills, things suddenly moved at a lightning pace. Her first of two visits to Nashville was a revelation and she also signed with Warner Bros. Records in the summer of 2016.
Her acoustic EP ‘One’ was released on December 23rd, and has seen her pass 250,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. With a host of live shows and new music being released from her second EP, 2017 is set to be an even more impressive year for the young singer-songwriter.