Catherine Britt - Spotted Mallard
Catherine spent 6 years in Nashville and has toured, performed and recorded with some of music’s most respected names - Kasey Chambers, Paul Kelly, Sir Elton John, Shane Nicholson, Jerry Salley, Tim Rogers, Dave Faulkner, John Waters & Kenny Chesney - and has worked with some of Australia’s and Americas finest producers.
Her recording career commenced in 2000 when at the age of 14 she released the EP ‘In The Pines’. This release gained critical acclaim and was followed in 2001 by her debut album release ‘Dusty Smiles And Heartbreak Cures’. This was followed in 2006 her second album ‘Too Far Gone’ and her third album ‘Little Wildflower’ which was released in 2008 and contained the stunning ‘What I Did Last Night’ that earned her the 2009 CMAA Female Artist of the Year Award and a nomination as CMC Artist of the Year. She was and still is the youngest Australian to ever perform at the Grand Ole Opry.
In 2009 Britt declared, “To make an album that I believe truly represents me as an artist, songwriter and individual means the world to me”. Drawing on contemporary influences such as Ryan Adams, Bernard Fanning, Mumford & Sons, Paul Kelly, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Britt utilised all her musical resources to pen a biographic yet opportunistic album.
That album, Catherine’s forth studio album, the self titled, career defining album, has produced three #1 singles - the APRA Nominated ‘Can’t Change A Thing’, ‘Sweet Emmylou’ and ‘I Want You Back’. In 2010 ‘Catherine Britt’ brought her more CMAA and ARIA nominations for Country Album of the Year, her 4th consecutive, and Most Popular Australian Artist while also being awarded the 2010 CMA Global Artist of the Year. In 2011 Catherine received her 1st APRA nomination for ‘Can’t Change A Thing’ and was again nominated for CMC Artist of the Year.
August 2011 saw Catherine invited to perform at the 2011 Dueting it for the Kids benefit concert at Sydney’s State Theatre along side Marina Prior, Jessica Mauboy, Danielle Spencer, Debra Byrne, Ross Wilson, Tim Freedman, Wendy Matthews & Glenn Shorrock where she performed with Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus) and the acclaimed actor John Waters.
In October Catherine appeared at the 2011 Americana Festival in Nashville where she was officially invited to perform and also performed on the Music City Roots live broadcast and back home was asked to be a Australian Music Prize (AMP) Ambassador.
In January 2012 Catherine won her 2nd CMAA Award for Single of the Year with Sweet Emmylou. And in March Catherine co-headlined the annual CMC Rocks The Hunter festival. Sweet Emmylou also grabbed second place in the 2011 Vanda & Young Songwriting Competition, sitting in between Kimbra, who took home first prize for ‘Cameo Lover’ and Goyte who came in third for ‘Somebody That I Use To Know.’ It was also placed 2nd in the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) in early 2012.
In June Catherine performed with Megan Washington at the Women of Vanda & Young showcase at the 2012 Song Summit music conference and In July 2012 Catherine will join Billy Bragg, Judy Collins and Arlo Guthrie at the 2012 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival after being invited to attend & perform.
Her 5th studio album was recorded in Austin Texas (produced by Catherine and Bill Chambers) and features Eliza Gilkyson, Bobby Kallus, Glenn Schuetz, Phil Hurley, John Silva, Carrie Rodriguez, Gurf Morlix, Chip Dolan, Ray Bonneville, Lloyd Maines, Tim Rogers, John Blundell, Jimmy LaFave and Guy Clark. The album will be released in August 2012.
Britt has accomplished the most essential job a singer \ songwriter can hope to do: make music that is at once fresh and invigorating enough to speak to a new generation of fans, and yet naturally and firmly rooted in country\folk tradition and the essential truths it has always brought to light.
Catherine also host’s CMC’s ‘Alt Country’ show which will bring’s her to a National audience on a weekly basis. This runs along side of her weekly radio show 'Saturday Night Country' an ABC Local Radio Australia wide.