Catherine Britt has a voice which instantly gets your attention… but unlike others, it is the craftsmanship of this artist who unashamedly boasts a worthy story to tell that truly keeps her audience enthralled.
Pure and uncompromising, Catherine has established herself as one of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters. Inspired by the country music legends and eclectic musical styles constantly played around her childhood home Catherine’s songwriting is dominated by the same lyrical forthrightness and insight of the timeless tunes she absorbed during these formative years.
Infatuated by the Loretta Lynn biopic ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ at age 9 and encouraged by a father who would leave music history books and albums on her bed Catherine knew exactly what she wanted from an early age. Five years later she was introduced to the public with her debut self-released EP ‘In The Pines’. Produced by Bill Chambers, engineered by Nash and featuring a co-write with Kasey, which was her debut radio single (‘That Don’t Bother Me’), ‘In The Pines’ not only teamed her with the nation’s premier musical family but showcased the talents of an emerging artist who was, to borrow a music industry cliche “the real deal”.
‘Dusty Smiles and Heartbreak Cures’, a debut album which grabbed the attention of Sir Elton John who would duet with the Novacastrian on a US Top 40 Country hit a few years later, was released in 2002. After signing to the esteemed RCA record label out of Nashville, TN at the age of 17, ‘Too Far Gone’ (2006) established her as an artist of note internationally, ‘Little Wildflower’ followed in 2008, a self-titled effort in 2010 and ‘Always Never Enough’ in 2012.
November 2013 saw the release of ‘The Hillbilly Pickin’ Ramblin’ Girl So Far…’ , a career retrospective showcasing the hit singles which have helped Catherine collect copious accolades, a legion of fans and a mantel of awards including the country industry’s highest honours: 2009 CMAA Female Artist of the Year Award, 2012 CMAA Single of the Year, 2013 CMAA Female Artist of the Year Award as well as APRA Award and CMC Artist of the Year nominations. In 2010, Catherine was presented with the CMA Global Artist of the Year Award for her outstanding achievements in both furthering the popularity of Country Music and bringing attention to the format in their foreign-based territory. To this day she is the youngest artist ever to play the Grand Old Opry!
In 2014 Catherine signed to the prestigious Americana/Singer-Songwriter label Lost Highway. Released May 2015, her Ryan Hadlock (Brandi Carlile, Vance Joy, Lumineers) produced label debut is the culmination of her growth as an artist and person over the past few years. ‘Boneshaker’ would become Catherine’s fifth consecutive Top 10 album, peaking at #5 on the ARIA charts.
Unfortunately, promotional activities for the album were curtailed when Catherine was diagnosed with breast cancer a few weeks after its release. Displaying the fighting spirit expected of a girl from the working class steel town of Newcastle, Catherine refused to hide away and appeared completely bald in the video for her next single! This decision to share her experience, treatment and recovery so publicly via social and traditional media provided inspiration for many Australian women. She continues to win fans on and off stage for her amazing musical talents, perseverance and irrefutable bravery.
In October that year Catherine made musical history when ‘Boneshaker’ was nominated for Country Album Of The Year at the 2015 ARIA awards, making her the only artist to have their first six albums recognised in this category. Later that month she was the recipient of six finalist nominations at the 44th CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia to be held in Tamworth in January 2016.
Not only is Catherine Britt an accomplished singer-songwriter, she has also proven herself on the other side of the microphone as a formidable interviewer and engaging host of the national broadcast of ABC’s Saturday Night Country showcasing her own flavour on the popular program each week. Catherine also shines on television as the host of CMC’s ‘Alt Country’ program on Foxtel. In the latter part of 2015 Catherine showcased her talents as an actress appearing in the Helpmann Award-winning theatre show ‘The Man in Black’.
Described as “one of the most compelling, and interesting, artists at work in Australian music” Catherine Britt has worked with the likes of Paul Kelly, Tim Rogers, Don McLean, Chris Isaak, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Guy Clark, Steve Earle and Keith Urban to name but a few.