Album Release: Catherine McGrath – Talk Of This Town
At a time when country music is exploding into the mainstream with huge collaborations between
Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton, and Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, Catherine
McGrath is poised to become the first international crossover star from the burgeoning UK country
Raised in Rostrevor, a small rural village in Northern Ireland, Catherine McGrath 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 Steve Robson – a Geordie who became a force within the scene after co-writing Rascal Flatts’ smash hit What Hurts The Most – Catherine went on to collaborate with a number of Nashville powerhouse producers and co-writers such as Jimmy Robbins (Keith Urban), Liz Rose (Taylor Swift), Forest Glen Whitehead (Kelsea Ballerini) and Sam Ellis (Hunter Hayes).
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’s Green festival, which attracts musicians from as far afield as North America and Germany. 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 Warner Bros. Records.
Hailed as a major new talent by Sir Elton John, Catherine McGrath is set to make the biggest
statement of her career to date with the July 27th release of her debut album . To coincide with the album’s launch, Catherine has released her new single Wild, a lovelorn country-flavoured pop smash that was inspired by her experiences at a Coldplay show.
Catherine explained: “This song is one of my favourites I’ve written. It’s about a guy who I liked but who still wasn’t over his ex. He took me to a Coldplay concert that he was meant to go to with his ex and half the time he was holding my hand, the other half he was texting her. Every time we were together he was only ever halfway there and the day after the concert I went into the studio and ended up writing about the whole thing. It’s really honest and I think that’s what I love most about it.”
Catherine co-wrote the song with Steve Robson as well as Lindy Robbins (Dua Lipa) and Jeffrey
Steele (Rascal Flatts).
Recorded at various locations in Nashville and London, Talk Of This Town affirms Catherine’s credentials as an artist and songwriter to be reckoned with. It features three tracks which have each exceeded a million streams at Spotify in the shape of Cinderella, Thought It Was Gonna Be Me and Just In Case as well as a wealth of new material.
Other highlights include Don’t Let Me Forget, a duet with American country sensation Hunter Hayes; 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.
The album is available to pre-order (https://wma.lnk.to/TalkOfThisTownPR) with the tracks Wild, Talk Of This Town, Thought It Was Gonna Be Me and Just In Case all provided as instant downloads.
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