Artist Interview 21, Part 2 - CATHERINE BRITT on Ben Sorensen's REAL Country

Released Sunday, 5th February 2012
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Part 2 of a super chat with the very fit CATHERINE BRITT about her film clip I WANT YOU BACK.... Check it out! Some more on Catherine: In 2009 Britt declared, "To make an album that I believe truly represents me as a artist, songwriter and individual means the world to me". That mantra has resulted in a self-titled album, the Newcastle born and raised singer songwriter's fourth, comprised of songs that are either written or co-written by Britt that fully resonates her declaration. One listen will prove Catherine was right to follow her instincts. Recorded in Australia 'Catherine Britt' may prove to be her best and most consistent album yet. It is certainly her most personal, diverse and mature. 'Catherine Britt' was forged in the afterglow of winning the 2009 Female Artist of the Year at the CMAA Awards. Winning the award is what she's been working towards since she first began singing at age 10, but by the time the CMAA Award for her confessional What I Did Last Night was in her hand she knew that she wanted to make changes. Having lived in Nashville for six years it was time to come home. Her entire Music City experience has been boiled down into a clear-eyed and typically heartbreaking three-minute song Call You Back Town that tells how her time in Nashville influenced her decision to return home. After relocating, the next step was making her album and the first call made was to her mentor and first time producer Bill Chambers. He in turn suggested bringing in multi-instrumentalist, engineer and producer Shane Nicholson to co-produce. Britt now had the team she needed to fuel her desire. Bill Chambers and Shane Nicholson understood Britt, they knew how to encourage and nurture the talent of an authentic singer songwriter. The team wanted to create a heartfelt album born of love, pain, loss and sorrow and although this feat may intimidate many singer songwriters, Britt was more than ready for the challenge. This aspect of Britt's craft is captured perfectly in Lonely, a late night ballad with an impossibly raw vocal that finds the singer as exposed as the character in the song. It is one of many songs on the album that features Britt's guide vocals which were laid down with the basic tracks at Melbourne's Sing Sing Studio late last year with additional recording at Nicholson's home studio. Her core band was John Watson, James Gillard, Jim Moginie, Chambers and Nicholson. Being surrounded by such experienced and sympathetic musicians, the songs quickly sprang to life and grew from the musical sketches Britt had first played to them. Drawing on contemporary influences such as Ryan Adams, Bernard Fanning, Mumford & Sons, Paul Kelly, Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams Britt utilised all her musical resources to pen a biographic yet opportunistic album. One of the standout tracks on her self-titled album is Sweet Emmylou, which displays her candid yet genuine vulnerability. The poignant beauty of this song encapsulates Britt's exquisite voice and song writing skill. Sweet Emmylou first surfaced in demo form as a hidden track on Britt's last album Little Wildflower. She had tried to cut it for that album but could never capture the desolation of her home recording. The new recording is a perfect encapsulation of sophistication and high lonesome beauty. Lead single Can't Change A Thing became a hook-laden sing-along. Moginie's Wurlitzer piano features, but he also made an even more left field suggestion of adding ukulele to the track. "Every now and again you get lucky and come up with something that's catchy and fun!" Britt explains. The closing track, Where Do You Go, featuring Nicholson on piano and a bleeding vocal from Britt, was the catalyst for the whole album. Written years ago, Britt had played it to her publisher when she first returned home from the US. "To me it was just another song that I'd written, but when my publisher heard it she said I think you should get back to what you're doing here on this song. Do what makes you passionate and happy and this song is a really good place to start." Britt has stripped back to her roots and unearthed the songs that she had crafted with wide-eyed enthusiasm -- Holy River - as well as collating them with her more mature songs -- Since You Slipped Away -- to develop an album that surpasses all previous professional heartache, and starts a new era in her career. REAL Country is interactive! So comment, view, share, rate and SUBSCRIBE!!! CONNECT WITH REAL COUNTRY: Ben Sorensen's OFFICIAL pages: For live event bookings and advertising opportunities please email

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