30 seconds interview: Catherine McGrath

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Catherine McGrath is the latest installment of British bands and artists to cross over into the world of Americana.

At just 19 years-old, Catherine’s music provides similar feel-good country-pop vibes to as Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift.

Following in the footsteps of UK chart-topping acts such as Ward Thomas and The Shires, she’s embracing a new wave of Americana in Britain.

Currently on tour with Picture This, she’s also at British Summer Time in Hyde Park on 9 July, alongside headliner Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Ahead of the release of her second EP, Starting From Now, we caught up with Catherine to find out how she started songwriting…

I first started making music because…
I love it. I grew up surrounded by music, my parents play music, my grandma always showed us musical movies and the village I lived in has live music every night of the week. It wasn’t something I consciously decided I wanted to do, it was just natural.

I have been making music since…
I was two? Technically… My mum says when I was two I would hum myself to sleep. I was always making up little songs in the back of the car on long journeys, but when I moved to London when I was 18 I started to write with other songwriters and record my songs properly.

My music is…
Country pop music. I write about things that have happened to me or things I’ve seen happen to other people, or even about hypothetical situations. My music is just a little snippet of what goes through my mind and the way I view and feel about situations.

You’ll like my music if you listen to…
Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Kelsea Ballerini. But I hope you’ll listen regardless of what music you like and see what you think!

My favourite venue is…
Vicar Street in Dublin or the SSE Arena in Belfast because I’ve seen so many concerts there back home. They’re classic.

Music is important because…
It usually helps me realise how I feel. Sometimes it’s hard to put into words what’s going on in my head and I hear a song and I feel like that person singing can read my mind. It can make you feel understood or just really happy. It’s the bessst.

My biggest inspiration is…
Taylor Swift. It was through Taylor I properly started to listen to country and that’s my favourite kind of music so if it wasn’t for her I mightn’t have found it or fallen in love with it like I did.

My dream collaboration would be…
With Rascal Flatts, Kelsea Ballerini, Taylor Swift or Kacey Musgraves.

To try me out, listen to my track…
Cinderella or Just In Case. They’re two of my favourites.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Probably writing. I still have a place at Manchester University to study English. Music is what I want to do though, but if not that I’d love to do some kind of writing, and I’d still sing anyway.

In 10 years’ time I want to be…
Still singing and enjoying it!

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Read our current current M print cover feature, British Nashville, on UK Americana and country.

Catch Catherine on tour from 11 May supporting Kelsea Ballerini and at The Great Escape on 20 May. From 18 May to 10 June she’ll be touring with Picture This.

Words: Hannah Kane