BRIAN MAY Teams Up With FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, BRANTLEY GILBERT & KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD For ‘Blue On Black’

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

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JOIN FORCES WITH

BRIAN MAY OF QUEEN
BRANTLEY GILBERT & KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD

TO RELEASE
‘BLUE ON BLACK’
WATCH HERE

ARTISTS TO DONATE ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE SONG TO
THE GARY SINISE FOUNDATION
IN SUPPORT OF FIRST RESPONDERS

The multi-platinum rock group Five Finger Death Punch has teamed up with the legendary Brian May of Queen and two of the biggest names in country and blues rock, Brantey Gilbert and Kenny Wayne Shepherd to record a special version of the song ‘Blue On Black’ mixed by Kevin Churko (Ozzy Osbourne, Shania Twain, Disturbed).

Titans in each of their respective genres, the artists came together to merge country and mainstream rock to re-create the classic song originally co-written by Shepherd. Taking Country Rock to the next level, ‘Blue On Black’ is out today worldwide via Prospect Park (North America) and Eleven Seven Music (ex. North America).

The artists are donating all proceeds from the collaboration to the GARY SINISE FOUNDATION which honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need.

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory states, “To raise awareness for and support first responders is a cause that’s always been close to our hearts. These brave men and women leave their homes every morning not knowing if they’ll ever see their families again. Yet they make a conscious choice to do so for the greater good. What better way to make a difference than to join forces with some of our friends in country, blues and classic rock who happen to be some of the biggest names in those genres and together celebrate these heroes.“

“’Blue on Black’ is a song my band and I have covered off and on for years… songs are certified timeless when you can come back to them,” says Brantley Gilbert. “It’s always a staple each night and one of my favorite songs to perform.  When the opportunity came up to sing on Five Finger’s version, with both Kenny Wayne and Brian May of Queen, I jumped at the chance… Who wouldn’t?! It incorporates so many different musical perspectives, but our collaboration just works brilliantly.”

Blues rock legend Kenny Wayne Shepherd adds: “When Five Finger Death Punch approached me about teaming up with them to do a special version of ‘Blue On Black’, I was thrilled to do it.  When they told me Brantley Gilbert and Brian May were also going to be part of it, I was honored. This is a powerful collaboration of rock, country and blues artists and a true testament to the commonalities these musical styles share and I think the fans will appreciate and enjoy it as much as we do.”

Allen Kovac, CEO of Eleven Seven Label Group, Tenth Street Entertainment and Five Finger Death Punch’s manager for close to a decade adds, “From Johnny Cash’s ‘I Walk The Line’ and The Rolling Stones ‘Honky Tonk Woman’ to The Eagles and Willie Nelson, country and rock have shared an audience, and created some of the biggest and most successful records of all time. It’s time to bring it all back again for First Responders. Let’s tear down the walls!”

“We are proud of our nearly 12-year legacy with Five Finger Death Punch,” adds John Bowen, General Manager of Prospect Park, the band’s North American label. “We are excited to release a single that will open new eyes and ears to what we believe is an incredible song, interpreted with phenomenal skill by all of the artists involved.  We are also proud of the conscientious nature of this release, in support of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Rock is dead? We don’t think so.”  

Big Machine Label Group – home of country superstar Brantley Gilbert and the biggest label in country music – is also fully supportive of the country-rock single. Founder and CEO Scott Borchetta offers, “Maybe you didn’t see this coming… or maybe you did… Two American super-powers come together to create a megaton track that will have both the Brantley Gilbert Nation & 5FDP Fans screaming for more. Unleash the beast.”

Brian May of Queen loved the song ‘Blue On Black’ and set up a special recording session and video shoot to be featured on it all in between his work as a producer and executive music producer with Roger Taylor of the Queen biography film Bohemian Rhapsody. Brian and Roger are responsible for one of the highest grossing films of all time ($900,000,000+) across the world and the winner of Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards. Brian May will perform with Queen + Adam Lambert throughout 2019 and 2020.

Additionally, Five Finger Death Punch’s original cover version of ‘Blue On Black’ has already generated over 50 million on-demand streams in the US, and is one of the most-consumed songs on the band’s current album (averaging over 1 million US streams per week). The song features distorted guitars, pummeling percussion and a swaggering chant that marks a surprising outlier on Five Finger Death Punch’s current and seventh studio album, And Justice For None. In the US alone, Five Finger Death Punch have sold 4.5 million albums, 10 million digital songs and over 3 billion streams total.

‘Blue On Black’
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH – lead vocals, guitars, bass, drums (original cover version taken from the album And Justice For None)
KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD – original songwriter, guest vocals and guitar
BRANTLEY GILBERT – guest vocal
BRIAN MAY – guest guitar

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH:
FIVEFINGERDEATHPUNCH.COM | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE

BRANTLEY GILBERT:
BRANTLEYGILBERT.COM | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE

KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD:
KENNYWAYNESHEPHERD.COM | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE

BRIAN MAY of QUEEN:
BRIANMAY.COM  | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE
QUEENONLINE.COM | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK | YOUTUBE

 

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Country Star MORGAN EVANS Releases Self-Titled EP – Out Today! 

MORGAN EVANS

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SURPRISES FANS WITH POP-UP TOAST TO ANNOUNCE
SELF-TITLED EP, OUT TODAY
STREAM HERE

FEATURING
THE VIBRANT NEW ANTHEM ‘YOUNG AGAIN’
+
TOP 5 US SINGLE ‘KISS SOMEBODY’
WHICH CONTINUES CLIMBING COUNTRY CHARTS

Rising star Morgan Evans made a stop at Tootsie’s on Nashville’s historic Broadway last night to reveal the surprise release of his self-titled EP, out now. In the spirit of the EP’s brand new, live-in-the-moment track, ‘Young Again’, Evans treated fans to an impromptu round of shots to celebrate the moment.

Bringing it full circle, Tootsie’s was the Australia native’s first stop when he visited Nashville for the first time 10 years ago – dropping his bags and arriving on Broadway less than two hours after his plane landed.

“More and more when I experience big life and career moments, they remind me of all the little ones that happened before and made them possible”, Evans told The Tennessean. “I remember that moment as one of the defining ones, thinking, ‘This is the greatest city on Earth.’”

‘Young Again’ has quickly become a fan-favorite at Evans’ dynamic, one-of-a-kind live show where he commands the stage solo with his signature loop pedal. A fun party anthem that throws caution to the wind, the song couples carefree sing-along lyrics with a driving beat.

Produced by Chris DeStefano, the EP is a glimpse at Evans’ Warner Music Nashville / Warner Bros. Records full-length debut album, due out this autumn. The talented singer/songwriter co-penned each track on the EP and the forthcoming album.

Previous single ‘Day Drunk’ kicks off the EP,  followed by the stirring and anthemic ‘American’ alongside ‘I Do’, which Billboard acclaimed as a “breezy love song”. The top 5 US debut single ‘Kiss Somebody’ and the brand new track ‘Young Again’ round out the release.

Morgan will very shortly take to the stage for the 12th annual ACM Honors at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and then return home to Australia for a string of SOLD-OUT headline shows. He’ll also hit the road again with Chris Young in September as a special guest on the Losing Sleep World Tour 2018.

For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit MorganEvansMusic.com. Reach out to him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

MORGAN EVANS EP TRACKLISTING
1. ‘Day Drunk’
2. ‘American’
3. ‘I Do’
4. ‘Kiss Somebody’
5. ‘Young Again’

ABOUT MORGAN EVANS:
Praised by Rolling Stone as “a savvy performer with strong songwriting chops” Australian-born rising Country artist Morgan Evans is making waves with ‘Kiss Somebody’ – his debut U.S. single with Warner Music Nashville. Already a Top 5 hit at Country radio, the track has surpassed 45 million on-demand streams while skyrocketing into Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart.

Forging a path as one of the genre’s up-and-coming stars, he has been named one to watch by CMT, SiriusXM, Pandora, Rolling Stone and more.

A bona fide Country force in Australia, he has garnered countless awards and honours, most recently claiming Country Work of the Year for ‘Kiss Somebody’ at the 2018 APRA Music Awards. After sharing the bill with global superstar Taylor Swift, Country hit-maker Cole Swindell and more A-list acts, Evans is featured as a special guest on Chris Young’s Losing Sleep World Tour.

He recently completed his 10 IN 10 US tour, performing 10-straight shows in 10 days including SOLD-OUT headline dates in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York. His highly anticipated debut album is in production, with additional details to be revealed soon.

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(Photo credit: Devon Lancaster)

SAM SMITH: The Thrill of It All Tour 2018 | Miami, FL – 7/14/18

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Hello again, music lovers!

I’ve been to a lot of live shows in the past two months or so, but it’s still not enough! This time, my niece and I got to see Sam Smith’s ‘The Thrill of It All Tour’ at the American Airlines Arena in Downtown Miami on July 14th. Sadly, our seats were in the nosebleeds, but it didn’t even take away from the incredible show that he put on for everyone.

The show started promptly at 8pm with his opening act for the night, Cam. Cam is a country singer who I’d never heard of before, but she has a great voice. She was interacting with the crowd throughout her set and really tried to get people to see a personal side to her. This isn’t an easy task when you know the crowd is there to see someone else. With that being said, I felt like she held her own up there! I would definitely check out her music HERE.

Sam’s set began at about 9pm and lasted almost 2 hours. I’m not sure if it’s because of where we were sitting, but the sound for this show was absolutely fantastic. Sometimes at live shows, you can’t hear what the artist is saying because of the acoustics in the venue and where your seats are. This one, however, sounded great. Here’s what the setlist for our show looked like:

  1. Burning
  2. One Last Song
  3. I’m Not the Only One
  4. Lay Me Down
  5. Omen (Disclosure cover)
  6. Nirvana / I’ve Told You Now
  7. Writing’s on the Wall
  8. Latch (Disclosure cover)
  9. Money on My Mind
  10. Like I Can
  11. Baby, You Make Me Crazy
  12. Say It First
  13. One Day at a Time
  14. Midnight Train
  15. HIM
  16. Too Good at Goodbyes

Encore:

  1. Palace
  2. Stay With Me
  3. Pray

At one point, Sam addressed the sadness in his songs by joking, “I was sitting in my home and realized how fucking depressing my music is.” He wanted to make it a point not to have us leave the room “feeling like shit” afterward and I think he succeeded.

One of my favorite moments of the night was during “I’m Not the Only One” when he put his mic down and had the entire crowd singing his words back to him. It was so loud and beautiful. Those are always my favorite moments during a live show, but this one seemed particularly moving.

There was also a fantastic moment at the end of “HIM” where the lights went out and a light bar on stage lit up in rainbow colors.

One thing that I found particularly funny was right before the encore performances. The amount of people that were walking out was puzzling. I had to ask my niece if they were new to the art that is a live show. You don’t leave until the lights come up, people!

Here are some pics I took from the show (again, I apologize for the distance lol):

To be quite honest, despite the distance of our seats from the stage, this was one of my top 3 shows I’ve ever been to (and I’ve been to A LOT). Everything about it was worth the mission getting to the AAA. If you have a chance to catch the show, I highly recommend it. You can even get the “cheap” seats and still have a great time!

Get out there and support a musician who wears his heart on his sleeve and is unapologetically proud to be who he is — a musician with true talent and a voice we all love.

Get ‘Day Drunk’ With Country Star MORGAN EVANS in Hawaii

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REVEALS PERSONAL VIDEO FOR
‘DAY DRUNK’
FILMED ON VACATION IN HAWAII

WATCH HERE

Red-hot Warner Music Nashville up-and-comer Morgan Evans is giving fans a glimpse into paradise with a brand new music video for ‘Day Drunk’. The clip is available today and premiered exclusively on ETonline.com.

Featuring the singer-songwriter, the self-shot music video follows Evans on a Hawaiian adventure. Surfing and soaking up the sun, Evans cruises the scenic island to the tune of the upbeat summer jam with his wife, Kelsea Ballerini.

“I’ve never been the drinking song guy, but this song came from a real place and is really more about spending a day with your person than it is about just going getting drunk,” Evans tells ET. “There’s a reason why I love it so much and feel like I can sing it.”

Upon release, ‘Day Drunk’ received a huge response across streaming platforms, being added straight onto Spotify’s New Music Friday Canada, Australia and New Zealand as well as the New Pop Sounds and All About Country playlists. It’s also reached #1 on the Australian iTunes Country Chart and went Top 10 on the iTunes Country Charts in eight further territories.

It follows the debut single ‘Kiss Somebody’ which is currently Top 10-and-climbing at Country radio and skyrocketed into Spotify’s Global Viral 50 chart. With 41million+ on-demand streams, the smash hit is the first look at his forthcoming Warner Music Nashville / Warner Bros. Records full-length debut album.

A bona fide Country force in Australia, Evans is forging a path as one of the genre’s hottest up-and-coming stars having garnered countless awards and honors, most recently claiming Country Work of the Year for ‘Kiss Somebody’ at the 2018 APRA Music Awards, and receiving praise from the likes of Rolling Stone who declared him “a savvy performer with strong songwriting chops”. He has also been named one to watch for 2018 by CMT, SiriusXM, Billboard, Amazon Music, Google Play, Sounds Like Nashville, Pandora and more.

After sharing the bill with global superstar Taylor Swift, Country hit-maker Cole Swindell, James Blunt and more A-list names as well as returning to the UK for a third time to play at this year’s C2C festival in both London and Glasgow, Evans will headline select dates throughout the summer and will featured as a special guest on Chris Young’s Losing Sleep World Tour this September.

His highly anticipated debut album is in production, with additional details to be revealed soon.

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CATHERINE MCGRATH Releases ‘Lost In the Middle’ Ahead of Debut Album, ‘Talk of This Town’ – Out July 27th

“A hint of early Taylor Swift and a country-pop sound strengthened by serious songwriting chops.”Rolling Stone

“A breath of fresh air… extraordinary songwriting ability and an amazing voice.”Sir Elton John

“A promising young artist poised to join the best of the UK’s growing country music scene.”The Independent

“One to watch.”The Times

“One of the brightest emerging talents in country music.”Music Week

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Catherine McGrath

SHARES NEW TRACK ‘LOST IN THE MIDDLE’

FROM HER DEBUT ALBUM ‘TALK OF THIS TOWN’ WHICH FOLLOWS ON JULY 27TH

LISTEN HERE:
YOUTUBE
SPOTIFY

After joining forces with American country star Hunter Hayes on her previous track ‘Don’t Let Me Forget’ – her 11th consecutive track to be added to Spotify’s New Music FridayCatherine McGrath continues to go from strength-to-strength. In addition to accumulating 12 million streams, her headline shows continue to sell-out quickly and grow in capacity, while other high profile dates have included Radio 2’s Biggest Weekend and continue with a huge British Summer Time show with Michael Bublé.

It’s no wonder that many are heralding the 21-year-old Catherine McGrath as the UK’s answer to Taylor Swift and our first domestic breakthrough country star. The genre is bigger than ever before, as evidenced by huge collabs from Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton, and Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line

Now Catherine shares her new single ‘Lost In The Middle’ ahead of the July 27th release of her debut album ‘Talk Of This Town’. It’s a track which exudes the young songwriter’s pure passion for country, while the energy of the hook gives it an immediately captivating feel. Catherine’s universally relatable lyrics explore music’s power of escapism as she sings, “I put my headphones on, turn the real world off / And I get lost in the middle of a country song.”

“I really wanted to write a song that expresses how country makes me feel,” says Catherine. “Country music is especially good at telling stories, so when you’re having a bad day you can turn to music to take you somewhere else.”

‘Lost In The Middle’ was produced by Steve Robson – an Englishman who became a force within the country scene after co-writing Rascal Flatts’ smash hit ‘What Hurts The Most’ – and was written by Catherine with Robson, Lindy Robbins (Dua Lipa) and Jeffrey Steele (Rascal Flatts).

Catherine’s debut album ‘Talk Of This Town’ was recorded at various locations in Nashville and London, and affirms her credentials as an artist and songwriter to be reckoned with.

Raised in Rostrevor, a small rural village in Northern Ireland, Catherine McGrath is the personification of how country music is opening its borders to talent from far outside of its epicentre in Nashville. In fact, Catherine was immediately embraced by the community upon her first visit.

Country music is of course rooted in Irish folk, so it feels natural that Catherine is at the forefront of a new wave of country. It’s fitting on a personal level too. Catherine was raised in a music loving family, and has regularly performed at her parents’ spirited Fiddler’s Green festival, which attracts musicians from as far afield as North America and Germany. And when Catherine was ready to reach a wider audience, she posted covers of her favourite country songs to YouTube which resulted in her obtaining management and signing a deal with Warner Bros. Records.

Having quickly sold-out her previous London shows at The Camden Assembly and Bush Hall, Catherine recently announced details of her biggest tour to date which commences in September. Her forthcoming tour schedule includes the following gigs:

JUNE

22nd – Black Deer Festival
23rd – Isle of Wight Festival

JULY

7th – Barn On The Farm
13th – London, British Summer Time (support to Michael Bublé)
15th – Oxford, Cornbury Music Festival

AUGUST

17th – Chelmsford, RiZE Festival
25th – Portsmouth, Victorious Festival

SEPTEMBER

7th – Leicester, The Long Road Festival

SEPTEMBER – HEADLINE TOUR:

14th – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
15th – Brighton, The Haunt
17th – Bristol, Thekla
18th – London, Scala
19th – Birmingham, O2 Institute 3
20th – Manchester, Gorilla
22nd – Liverpool, Arts Club Loft
23rd – Leeds, The Wardrobe
24th – Gateshead, Sage 2
26th – Glasgow, Saint Luke’s

 

Connect with Catherine McGrath:

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CATHERINE MCGRATH Shares Official Video For ‘Wild’

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A BAD DATE AT A COLDPLAY SHOW INSPIRES
THE NEW VIDEO FOR ‘WILD’

WATCH IT HERE

FROM THE DEBUT ALBUM
TALK OF THIS TOWN
WHICH FOLLOWS ON JULY 27TH ON WARNER BROS. RECORDS

Plays sold-out London show at Bush Hall on May 2nd

Set to support Michael Bublé
at British Summer Time in Hyde Park on July 13th

At a time when country music is exploding into the mainstream with huge collaborations between Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton, and Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, Catherine McGrath is poised to become the first international crossover star from the burgeoning UK country scene.

That superstar-to-be status is underlined with the release of a brand new official video for her current single ‘Wild’. Contrasting fun times in Nashville with a romantic interest with being effectively alone at a gig, the bittersweet video reflects Catherine’s own experiences of going on a date to a Coldplay show with a guy who was still fixated on his ex.  The video was directed by Justin Nolan Key (Taylor Swift, Cassadee Pope).

“I grew up inspired by so many artists who were based in Nashville and obviously the country music scene is so huge there, so to have filmed this in the heart of the city was incredible,” says Catherine. “My last two videos used home footage and animation, so it was cool to do something so different for ‘Wild’ – especially as it tells such a specific story. It’s definitely my favourite song and video that I’ve released so far.”

WATCH IT HERE

Catherine co-wrote the song with Steve Robson as well as Lindy Robbins (Dua Lipa) and Jeffrey Steele (Rascal Flatts). The track previews the July 27th release of her debut album Talk Of This Town, which was recorded at various locations in Nashville and London, and affirms Catherine’s credentials as an artist and songwriter to be reckoned with.

The album Talk Of This Town features three tracks which have each exceeded a million streams at Spotify in the shape of the ‘Cinderella’, ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’ and ‘Just In Case’ as well as a wealth of new material. Other highlights include ‘Don’t Let Me Forget’, a duet with the American country sensation Hunter Hayes; the anthemic ‘Lost In The Middle’, a celebration of the escapist qualities of country music; and the closing ‘She’ll Never Lose You’, a stripped-back ballad which showcases the power and finesse of Catherine’s vocal.

Raised in Rostrevor, a small rural village in Northern Ireland, Catherine McGrath is the personification of how country music is opening its borders to talent from far outside of its epicentre in Nashville. In fact, Catherine was immediately embraced by the community upon her first visit.

Working with a kindred spirit in the shape of producer Steve Robson – a Geordie who became a force within the scene after co-writing Rascal Flatts’ smash hit ‘What Hurts The Most’ – Catherine went onto collaborate with a number of Nashville powerhouse producers and co-writers such as Jimmy Robbins (Keith Urban), Liz Rose (Taylor Swift), Forest Glen Whitehead (Kelsea Ballerini) and Sam Ellis (Hunter Hayes).

Country music is of course rooted in Irish folk, so it feels natural that Catherine is at the forefront of a new wave of country. It’s fitting on a personal level too. Catherine was raised in a music loving family, and has regularly performed at her parents’ spirited Fiddler’s Green festival, which attracts musicians from as far afield as North America and Germany. And when Catherine was ready to reach a wider audience, she posted covers of her favorite country songs to YouTube which resulted in her obtaining management and signing a deal with Warner Bros. Records.

Hailed as a major new talent by Sir Elton John, Catherine McGrath’s ascent has been backed by Radio 1 support from Adele Roberts, Scott Mills and Cel Spellman; a playlist at Radio 2, where Bob Harris has been a long-term fan; and ten consecutive tracks which have been added to Spotify’s New Music Friday UK playlist.

Catherine McGrath is quickly building a reputation in the live area too, with highlights including two performances at Country 2 Country, further festivals including Latitude and Wilderness, and tours with Dan & Shay and The Shires. Her debut London headline show at Camden Assembly was sold-out, while next month’s Bush Hall gig also sold-out within two hours and her Manchester show at the Deaf Institute soon followed suit. Ticket sales are also strong in Glasgow, which looks set to sell-out imminently.

Her touring profile has just been boosted with the news that she’ll support Michael Bublé at the British Summer Time festival in Hyde Park on July 13th.

LIVE DATES:

MAY
1st – Manchester, Deaf Institute (SOLD OUT)
2nd – London, Bush Hall (SOLD OUT)
4th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
5th – Live At Leeds
27th – Coventry, Radio 2’s The Biggest Weekend

JUNE
23rd – Isle of Wight Festival

JULY
13th – London, British Summer Time (support to Michael Bublé)
15th – Oxford, Cornbury Music Festival

AUGUST
25th – Portsmouth, Victorious Festival

SEPTEMBER
7th – Leicester, The Long Road Festival

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Official Website | Spotify | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

CATHERINE MCGRATH Releases ‘Wild’ & Announces Debut Album

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RELEASES DEBUT ALBUM TALK OF THIS TOWN
ON JULY 27TH ON WARNER BROS. RECORDS

ALSO SHARES BRAND NEW TRACK ‘WILD’
HER 10TH CONSECUTIVE SPOTIFY NEW MUSIC FRIDAY UK PLAYLISTED TRACK LISTEN HERE

PLAYS SOLD-OUT LONDON SHOW AT BUSH HALL, MAY 2ND

“A hint of early Taylor Swift and a country-pop sound strengthened by serious songwriting chops.” Rolling Stone

“She’s gonna be a big star.”  Sir Elton John

“A promising young artist poised to join the best of the UK’s growing country music scene.”  The Independent

“One to watch.” The Times

“One of the brightest emerging talents in country music.” Music Week

At a time when country music is exploding into the mainstream with huge collaborations between Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton, and Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, Catherine McGrath is poised to become the first international crossover star from the burgeoning UK country scene.

Raised in Rostrevor, a small rural village in Northern Ireland, Catherine McGrath is the personification of how country music is opening its borders to talent from far outside of its epicentre in Nashville. In fact, Catherine was immediately embraced by the community upon her first visit.

Working with a kindred spirit in the shape of producer Steve Robson – a Geordie who became a force within the scene after co-writing Rascal Flatts’ smash hit ‘What Hurts The Most’ – Catherine went onto collaborate with a number of Nashville powerhouse producers and co-writers such as Jimmy Robbins (Keith Urban), Liz Rose (Taylor Swift), Forest Glen Whitehead (Kelsea Ballerini) and Sam Ellis (Hunter Hayes).

Country music is of course rooted in Irish folk, so it feels natural that Catherine is at the forefront of a new wave of country. It’s fitting on a personal level too. Catherine was raised in a music loving family, and has regularly performed at her parents’ spirited Fiddler’s Green festival, which attracts musicians from as far afield as North America and Germany. And when Catherine was ready to reach a wider audience, she posted covers of her favourite country songs to YouTube which resulted in her obtaining management and signing a deal with Warner Bros. Records.

Hailed as a major new talent by Sir Elton John, Catherine McGrath’s ascent has been backed by Radio 1 support from Adele Roberts, Scott Mills and Cel Spellman; a playlist at Radio 2, where Bob Harris has been a long-term fan.

Now Catherine McGrath is set to make the biggest statement of her career to date with the July 27th release of her debut album Talk Of This Town. To coincide with the album’s launch, Catherine today releases her new single ‘Wild’, a lovelorn country-flavoured pop smash that was inspired by her experiences at a Coldplay show, and is her tenth consecutive New Music Friday UK playlisted track on Spotify.

Catherine explains:  “This song is one of my favourites I’ve written. It’s about a guy who I liked but who still wasn’t over his ex. He took me to a Coldplay concert that he was meant to go to with his ex and half the time he was holding my hand, the other half he was texting her. Every time we were together he was only ever halfway there and the day after the concert I went into the studio and ended up writing about the whole thing. It’s really honest and I think that’s what I love most about it.”

Catherine co-wrote the song with Steve Robson as well as Lindy Robbins (Dua Lipa) and Jeffrey Steele (Rascal Flatts).

Recorded at various locations in Nashville and London, Talk Of This Town affirms Catherine’s credentials as an artist and songwriter to be reckoned with. It features three tracks which have each exceeded a million streams at Spotify in the shape of the ‘Cinderella’, ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’ and ‘Just In Case’ as well as a wealth of new material.

Other highlights include ‘Don’t Let Me Forget’, a duet with the American country sensation Hunter Hayes; the anthemic ‘Lost In The Middle’, a celebration of the escapist qualities of country music; and the closing ‘She’ll Never Lose You’, a stripped-back ballad which showcases the power and finesse of Catherine’s vocal.

‘Talk of This Town’ will be released on digital and CD formats. The album is now available to pre-order from https://wbr.ec/tott_album with the tracks ‘Wild’, ‘Talk Of This Town’, ‘Thought It Was Gonna Be Me’ and ‘Just In Case’ all provided as instant downloads.   Catherine McGrath is quickly building a reputation in the live area too, with highlights including two performances at Country 2 Country, further festivals including Latitude and Wilderness, and tours with Dan & Shay and The Shires. Her debut London headline show at Camden Assembly was sold-out, while next month’s Bush Hall gig also sold-out within two hours and her Manchester show at the Deaf Institute soon followed suit. Ticket sales are also strong in Glasgow, which looks set to sell-out imminently.

ALBUM TRACKLISTING
1. Talk of This Town
2. The Edges
3. Lost In The Middle
4. Wild
5. Thought It Was Gonna Be Me
6. ‘Don’t Let Me Forget’ with Hunter Hayes
7. Enough For You
8. Dodged A Bullet
9. Good At Love
10. Cinderella
11. Just In Case
12. Good Goodbyes
13. She’ll Never Love You

 

LIVE DATES
MAY
1st – Manchester, Deaf Institute (SOLD OUT)
2nd – London, Bush Hall (SOLD OUT)
4th – Glasgow, King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
5th – Live At Leeds
27th – Coventry, Radio 2’s The Biggest Weekend

JUNE
23rd – Isle of Wight Festival

JULY
15th – Oxford, Cornbury Music Festival

AUGUST
25th – Portsmouth, Victorious Festival

SEPTEMBER
7th – Leicester, The Long Road Festival

 

CATHERINE MCGRATH Official Channels:

Website | Spotify | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube