Newcastle’s Catherine Britt is preparing to launch her Home Truths album next week.
The independent Australian artist famed for having her music discovered by Elton John, will release her first album via her own independent record label, Beverley Hillbilly Records, on Friday January 15.
After a crowd-funding campaign proved her fans were not ready to let her slip into obscurity, Britt has returned to producing music.
Home Truths includes both vocals and moves from the now mother-of-two.
Britt has also decided to take ownership of her recording masters and copyrights, a move she says will be an important lesson to share with her children.
Mixed by Ted Howard and mastered in the USA by Jim DeMain, all the songs on the album were written or co-written by Britt herself, ensuring what she says is authenticity.
Her story is one of an archetypal Aussie girl from the coal works of Newcastle until Britt uprooted herself at 17 to move to Nashville, USA to follow her passion for country/folkmusic.
Her story goes that Elton John heard her sing during one of his Australian tours in the early 2000s and took her albums back to America with him, ultimately helping her sign a deal with RCA Records.
Britt released her first EP in 1999 when she was just 14 years old.
In 2001 she followed with her debut album release and has since released six more studio albums as well as a Best Of Album.
The list of awards she has won is extensive.
To date, six of her albums have been nominated for the ARIA Award for the Best Country Album, making her the first Australian country artist to do so.
She has toured, performed and recorded with some of music’s most respected names including Kasey Chambers, Paul Kelly, Sir Elton John, Steve Earle, Dolly Parton, Don McLean, Chris Isaak, Brooks and Dunn, Alan Jackson, Guy Clark and Keith Urban to name a few.
To this day Britt remains the youngest Australian to ever perform at the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 17.
The accomplished singer and songwriter was most recently employed as an interviewer and host of Australia’s national radio broadcast ABC Saturday Night Country, where she showcased another of her skillsets.
Britt is also a survivor of another kind – she is now five years cancer free, celebrating her remission with 2015’s Boneshaker album.
Home Truths will be launched on Friday 15 January at 48 Watt Street in Newcastle from 7pm.
Guests for the launch will be fellow Novocastrian Natalie Henry and former resident Melody Moko.