Introducing: Catherine McGrath
Hey Catherine, can you introduce yourself to our readers?
Hey! Well I’m 19 years old, was born in Ireland and lived in a tiny village there my whole life, then moved to London just over a year ago because I really wanted to fully devote my time to working on music, so I’ve been writing and recording my own music for the past year!
What can you tell us about your debut EP, One?
One is an acoustic EP that I put out just before Christmas. It’s the first of my original music anyone’s ever heard. It has four tracks, three originals and one cover, the songs are all slightly different in vibe and I wanted to make acoustic versions so people could really focus on the lyric, because that’s my favourite thing about music - the lyrics and what the song’s about.
If people could only listen to one song from the EP which would you recommend?
'Cinderella', my favourite track always changes from day to day but at the minute, that would be my favourite.
You’ve been influenced by a few of the newer country music artists, how did you come to get into that kind of music?
talked about country music and that’s how I discovered the genre as a whole, but the newer country specifically I found just by going on Youtube and clicking random songs for hours, and now I listen to Spotify playlists to find new music.
You were discovered by Instrumental, what can you tell us about that?
My manager found me through Youtube, his company Instrumental find artists through social media and develops them, so I came over to London to meet him and he asked how I’d feel about moving to London to properly work on music and write my own songs, two weeks later I moved over and last summer I signed my deal with Warner Brothers, Instrumental are the best.
Which of your cover songs do you think was the one that made the most impact?
Maybe a cover I’d done of ‘Lego house’ by Ed Sheeran, that one was how my manager found me and how my move to London ultimately came about, so that probably changed the most for me.
You’ve written, or co-written, three songs on your EP, what is the songwriting process for you?
I wrote three of the tracks and covered ‘Say you Love Me’ because I love the song. Songwriting happens differently every time, sometimes I’ll have some lyrics in my phone that I’ll write around, or sometimes I’ll just talk to another writer about something I’m feeling and we’ll create a song around that. It’s really fun because it’s always different and hearing other people’s thoughts and ideas is so interesting. I could happily write songs every day.
What does 2017 hold for you?
A lot of live shows, more songwriting and recording, and in two weeks I’m going back to Nashville! It’s only February but I can already tell 2017 is going to be so much fun.
You’re playing a few shows at the moment, how do you find playing live? Love it? Hate it?
I used to refuse to sing in front of anyone, even my mum and dad, I was so shy. So playing live always made me super nervous but since moving to London I’ve had a lot more practice and once I start singing I really like it, especially if people watching are smiling or singing along, that makes me super excited.
What kind of stuff do you have on your MP3 player?
Hunter Hayes, Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Kelsea Ballerini, so many different people. Just any song that I like I’ll download, but that’s what I’m listening to a lot lately.
If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
'Robbers' by the 1975.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
My favourite kind of chocolate… (it’s Cadbury’s, the best of the best)
Finally, how do you take your coffee? (Or alcohol?)
I don’t drink coffee or alcohol! Though I looove the smell of coffee, I think if I ever buy my own house I’ll get a coffee machine just so my house can have that cosy, amazing coffee smell..
Thanks so much for your time Catherine, enjoy the shows!
Catherine has just announced a list of UK dates including support slots for Canaan Smith and Una Healey You can find all the details on her website.
Wed 15th – St. Pancras Old Church, London (supporting Una Healy)
Thu 16th – The Sugar Club, Dublin (supporting Una Healy)
Sat 11th – C2C Festival, London
Sun 12th – C2C Festival, London
Tue 14th – Bush Hall, London (supporting CAM)
Wed 15th – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham (supporting Canaan Smith)
Thu 16th – Deaf Institute, Manchester (supporting Canaan Smith)
Sat 18th – Thekla, Bristol (supporting Canaan Smith)
Sun 19th – Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth (supporting Canaan Smith)
Mon 20th – Concorde 2, Brighton (supporting Canaan Smith)
Tue 21st – Bush Hall, London (supporting Canaan Smith)
Mon 27th – The Social, London
Wed 19th April – The Bedford, London
Mon 14th – Bush Hall, London (supporting Una Healy)
Thu 18th – The Great Escape Festival, Brighton