Clare Bowditch

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Clare Bowditch
Bowditch at the Great Escape music festival in 2006
Bowditch at the Great Escape music festival in 2006
Background information
Born1975 (age 45–46)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresFolk, rock, pop
  • Musician
  • actress
  • radio presenter
  • business entrepreneur
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1999–present
LabelsIsland/Universal Music

Clare Bowditch (born 1975 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an Australian musician, actress, radio presenter and business entrepreneur.

At the ARIA Music Awards of 2006, Bowditch won the ARIA Award for Best Female Artist and was nominated for a Logie Award for her work on the TV series Offspring in 2012. She has toured with Gotye and Leonard Cohen, written for Harpers Bazaar, Rolling Stone and the Drum She currently hosts an Australian Music Show on Qantas airlines in-flight audio channel.

Bowditch is currently an ambassador for the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), PPCA and Smiling Mind. She is also a member of the Victorian State Government's Live Music Round Table Panel. She was the secretary of the Music Victoria Board until 2012.[citation needed]

Life and career[edit]

1975-1997: Early life[edit]

Bowditch was raised in the Melbourne suburb of Sandringham.

She graduated from Melbourne University's School of Creative Arts with a Bachelor of Creative Arts (BCA), a now-defunct degree.[1]

1998-2002: Red Raku[edit]

Bowditch began writing songs at the age of three, and continued writing them in private until 1998, when she met John Hedigan and, on the same night, formed a band, called themselves Red Raku. Red Raku self-released two albums, Sweetly Sedated (1998) and Roda Leisis May (2002). Producer and drummer Marty Brown collaborated with the band, and in 2002 Bowditch and Brown had a daughter, Asha.[citation needed]

2003-2008: The Feeding Set[edit]

In 2003, Libby Chow and Warren Bloomer joined and the band changed their name to Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set. The band released Autumn Bone. Later in 2003, they signed with Capitol Records, who re-released the album.[citation needed]

In 2005, Bowditch was invited by Deborah Conway to take part in the Broad Festival project, with three other Australian female artists, they performed their own and each other's songs.[2] With Bowditch and Conway were Sara Storer, Katie Noonan and Ruby Hunter.[3]

In October 2005, Bowditch and The Feeding Set released their second album, What Was Left via EMI. The album peaked at number 35 on the ARIA Chart. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2006, Bowditch won the ARIA Award for Best Female Artist.

In October 2007,Melbourne guitarist Tim Harvey (Jade Imagine)joined the band and Bowditch and the Feeding Set released their third album, The Moon Looked On. The album peaked at number 29 on the ARIA Chart. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2008, the album was nominated for two awards.

In late 2008 Bowditch completed a twenty-five date sold out date solo tour through major and regional venues in Australia, during which time she was supported by Australian band Hot Little Hands.[4]

2009-2010: The New Slang[edit]

In 2009, Bowditch and her family temporarily relocated to Berlin, Germany, where she wrote the album Modern Day Addiction. The album was partly recorded with producer Mocky (who has also worked with Feist, Gonzales, Jamie Lidell and Peaches) at the legendary Hansa studios in Berlin, and completed in Australia with Clare's newly expanded eight-piece band the New Slang. This album marked a change in direction for Bowditch, having been written on a Casio keyboard and piano.

In October 2009, she released her first single, "The Start of War". The song also features Bowditch's partner, Marty Brown, and Mick Harvey, formerly of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.[5] The album became both 3RRR's and ABC Radio National's Album of the Week. The album peaked at number 10 on the ARIA Charts. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2010, the album was nominated for three awards.

Bowditch supported Leonard Cohen on his 2010 Australian tour after being handpicked by the Canadian singer-songwriter. Bowditch was joined by fellow Australian musician Deborah Conway, who was the support act for the second show of the Melbourne stop of the tour.[6] Bowditch revealed in a 2012 interview that she received a marriage proposal from Cohen during the tour, which also involved a shared journey in Cohen's private tour jet—Bowditch turned down the proposal and explained, "I got to spend all that time with him. Most of the time I just sat there watching and smiling and being amazed at the theatre of it all. He was absolutely charming."[7]

2011-present: solo work[edit]

In 2011, Bowditch co-wrote and performed a successful musical stage show based on the life and music of Eva Cassidy. The show, entitled Tales from the Life of Eva Cassidy, featured Bowditch singing Cassidy's songs in the style of Cassidy, in addition to telling stories behind the songs and life of the late singer. The sold-out show was performed consecutively over two weeks at the Atheneum Theatre in Melbourne.[8]

In July 2011, Bowditch released the EP Are You Ready Yet?, which featured the single "Now That You're Here" (with Lanie Lane).

In May 2012, Bowditch released the single, "You Make Me Happy", which was featured in the TV series Offspring.[9][10] Bowditch plays Rosanna Harding in the series; a musician who does some work with Billie's husband Mick, played by Eddie Perfect.[11]

Bowditch's fifth studio album, The Winter I Chose Happiness, was released on 14 September 2012. The album peaked at number 11 on the ARIA Charts. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2013, the album was nominated for an award.

In 2013, Bowditch founded the creative social enterprise, Big Hearted Business (BHB).[12] It exists to teach creative people about business, and business people about creativity, in ways that make sense.

The inaugural Big Hearted Business conference was held on 23 and 24 March 2013 at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne, Australia.[13] The speakers list of the event included comedian Catherine Deveny, writer Rachel Power and designer Lucy Feagins.[14]

In October 2019, Bowditch released her first book, Your Own Kind of Girl, a partial memoir from her early life, published in Australian and New Zealand by Allen & Unwin, who acquired the rights after a highly competitive auction between eight publishers.[15]

In 2020, Bowditch released the Audible Original podcast series ‘Tame Your Inner Critic.’ [16]

Personal life[edit]

Bowditch and husband Marty Brown were introduced to each other via their bandmate John Hedigan in 1997. They are now parents to three children - a daughter, Asha, in 2002 and identical twin boys in 2007.[17]

Bowditch has been approached to take on several roles as a "social commentator": she wrote an article for ABC's The Drum, entitled "Mr Jones and Me", and also made her debut on the ABC's Q&A program (she was the first panelist to also perform a song — "Bigger Than the Money").

In December 2015 it was announced that Bowditch would be undertaking the role of program host for the afternoon radio program of 774 ABC Melbourne, starting on 25 January 2016.[18] She presented her last programme on 29 November 2017, leaving to pursue other activities.[19]



Title Details Peak chart positions
Autumn Bone
(credited to Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set)
  • Released: 2003
  • Label: Storey Baker (CLABOW003)
What Was Left
(credited to Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set)
  • Released: October 2005
  • Label: Capitol, EMI (094634071826)
  • Format: CD, DD
The Moon Looked On
(credited to Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set)
  • Released: October 2007
  • Label: Capitol, EMI (5093552)
  • Format: CD, DD
Modern Day Addiction
(credited to Clare Bowditch & The New Slang)
  • Released: August 2010
  • Label: Island Records (2745028)
  • Format: CD, DD
The Winter I Choose Happiness
  • Released: 14 September 2012
  • Label: Story Baker, Island Records (3712256)
  • Format: CD, DD

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Are You Ready Yet?
  • Released: July 2011[22]
  • Label: Island Records Australia (2776020)
  • Format: CD, DD


Title Year Chart Positions Album
"Human Being" (Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set) 2003 Autumn Bone
"Monday Comes" (Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set)
"Which Way to Go" (Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set) 2004 What Was Left
"Divorcee by 23" (Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set) 2005
"On This Side" (Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set) 84
"Little Self Centred Queen" (Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set) 2006
"When The Lights Went Down" (Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set) 2007 The Moon Looked On
"You Look So Good" (Clare Bowditch & The Feeding Set) 2008
"The Start of War"[23] 2009
"Bigger Than Money"(Clare Bowditch and the New Slang)[24] 2010 Modern Day Addiction
"Now That You're Here" (with Lanie Lane)[25] 2011 Are You Ready Yet?
"You Make Me Happy"[26] 2012 61 The Winter I Choose Happiness
"Sailing Alone" (with Charity Turner)[27] 2013 non album single
"Woman"[28] 2019 to be confirmed
"If I Could Give You"[29]

Other appearances[edit]

List of other non-single song appearances
Title Year Album
"Hallelujah" 2005 Triple J Like a Version[30]
"Fall at Your Feet" 2005 She Will Have Her Way[31]
"Blood Red Rose" 2007 Cannot Buy My Soul: A Kev Carmody Tribute[32]
"Georgia's Song" 2011 ReWiggled - A Tribute to The Wiggles[33]
"Black Smoke" (with Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff) 2020 Amanda Palmer & Friends Present Forty-Five Degrees: Bushfire Flash Record

Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music. Clare Bowditch has won one award from eight nominations.[34]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006 What Was Left Best Female Artist Won
2008 The Moon Looked On Best Female Artist Nominated
Best Adult Contemporary Album Nominated
2010 Modern Day Addiction Best Female Artist Nominated
Best Adult Alternative Album Nominated
Victor Van Vugt for Clare Bowditch - Modern Day Addiction Engineer of the Year Nominated
2011 Are You Ready Yet? Best Female Artist Nominated
2013 The Winter I Choose Happiness Best Adult Contemporary Album Nominated

J Award[edit]

The J Award is an award given by influential Australian youth radio station Triple J to Australian Album of the Year. It is judged by the music and on-air teams at triple j, Unearthed and Double J.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
J Award of 2005 What Was Left Australian Album of the Year Nominated

Logie Awards[edit]

The Logie Awards (officially the TV Week Logie Awards) is an annual gathering to celebrate Australian television. Awards are presented in 20 categories representing both public and industry voted awards.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
Logie Awards of 2013 Clare Bowditch in Offspring (Network Ten) Logie Award for Most Popular New Female Talent Nominated


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