Catherine McGrath

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Catherine McGrath
Birth nameCatherine McGrath
Born (1997-06-09) 9 June 1997 (age 21)
Rostrevor, Northern Ireland[1]
GenresCountry
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active2016–present
LabelsWarner Bros. Records
Websitecatherinemcgrathmusic.com

Catherine McGrath (born 9 June 1997)[2] is an Irish country music singer and songwriter.

Career[edit]

Early life[edit]

Born in Rostrevor, Northern Ireland, McGrath learned guitar from her grandmother, who taught her to play and sing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". McGrath's parents are both musicians and were frequent performers at the annual Fiddler's Green Music Festival held in County Down, Northern Ireland. McGrath honed her skills by observing her parents on-stage and by watching instructional videos online. McGrath took up songwriting, and in addition to performing her own material, she began making homemade videos of herself performing current pop hits, which she then posted online. McGrath has said that her country music influences include the likes of Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, Kelsea Ballerini, Brad Paisley, and Rascal Flatts;[3] she credits Swift's hit song Love Story in particular for introducing her to country music at the age of 12.[4].

2016–present: Signing with Warner Bros. Records and debut studio album[edit]

McGrath's videos attracted the attention of Instrumental, a company that finds talent online and grooms them for larger success. She moved to London to work for the company, and after only a few months, began travelling to Nashville for songwriting and studio sessions.[5] In the summer of 2016, McGrath signed with Warner Bros. She recorded and released her first solo EP One in December later that same year. Her major label debut album, Talk of This Town, was released on 27 July 2018.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions
IRE
[6]
SCO
[7]
UK
[8]
UK Country
[9]
Talk of This Town 17 9 13 1

Extended plays

  • One (2016)
  • Starting from Now (2017)

Writing credits[edit]

Year Title Artist Album
2018 "Paperboy" Megan McKenna Story of Me
"High Heeled Shoes"

Recognition[edit]

In 2018, McGrath was fan-voted as the winner of the International Emerging Artist of The Year award in the Music For A New Generation Awards, run by Australian country radio program, Planet Country.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Frometa, RJ. "Catherine McGrath releases 'Wild' & announces debut album". Ventz Magazine. Retrieved May 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "Catherine McGrath Biography". Country Music Booking Agency. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Catherine McGrath". Wilful Publicity. Wilful Publicity. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  4. ^ Sargeant, Glenn. "CATHERINE MCGRATH – ONE BRIGHT STAR". Just Listen To This. Just Listen To This. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  5. ^ Deming, Mark. "Catherine McGrath, Biography & History". AllMusic. AllMusic. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Discography Catherine McGrath". irishcharts.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  7. ^ Peak positions on Scottish Albums Chart:
  8. ^ Peak positions on UK Albums Chart:
  9. ^ Peak positions on Scottish Albums Chart:
  10. ^ "Planet Country MFANG 2018". Planet Country Radio Show. 2018-12-10. Retrieved 2018-12-14.

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