Proving not all country artists come from America, Catherine McGrath is an Irish singer and songwriter whose music blends fresh-faced pop music with influences straight from Nashville.
Born in County Down in Northern Ireland in 1997, McGrath learned guitar from her grandmother, who taught her to play and sing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." McGrath's parents also sang and played, and were frequent performers at the annual Fiddlers Green Music Festival. McGrath honed her skills by seeing 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 posted online. McGrath's style was informed by contemporary pop as well as the updated country sounds of artists such as Taylor Swift, Kacey Musgraves, and Maddie & Tae. McGrath's videos attracted the attention of Instrumental, a company that finds talent online and grooms them for larger success; McGrath moved to London to work with the firm, and after only a few months, she began traveling to Nashville for periodic songwriting and recording sessions. In the summer of 2016, McGrath, then only 19, landed a recording contract with Warner Bros. Records, and December 2016 saw the release of her debut EP, a four-song release titled One. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi