Introducing: Catherine McGrath + One EP Review

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Are you attending any of Una Healy’s solo dates this coming February. If you are you’re in for a right treat. Supporting Una you have the delightful Catherine McGrath who sings a wondrous combination of Country meets Pop. Today (23rd December) sees the release of the debut One EP and this amazing acoustic release compromises of 4 tasty tunes. Catherine is not only a charming singer but she also writes her own material and One showcased this to perfection.

This talented 19 year old was born in County Down, Northern Ireland. Based on what I’ve heard she has a burning passion for music and I do reckon she will go far. For starters the One EP via Warner Brothers. Anyways Catherine’s foray into the world of music began the moment she picked up the guitar, she then taught herself how to play to accompany her luscious vocals.

Catherine first discovered her adoration for the sound after being won over by Taylor Swift’s self-titled. She then began uploading videos of herself covering pop hits with a country twist onto YouTube and was amazed by the reaction she received from fans of the genre.

McGrath was then spotted by the London and NYC based company Instrumental (who specialise in discovering and developing music talent emerging on social media) Catherine moved to London to start her career. Six months later she found herself living her dream by writing songs in Nashville and is now releasing her own music.

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Back to this exquisite EP, One features 4 sparkling songs three of which are originals then the other being a breathtaking take on Jessie Ware’s Say You Love Me. Literally McGrath has created a complete masterpiece and her songwriting skills are impeccable. When I heard this for the very first time I could pick up on traces of Taylor Swift from the Fearless era.

Hell Would Have To Freeze Over: This delicious sounding tune was ever so dreamy, I heard this track before the release of this EP and all I can say is WOW. Hell Would Have To Freeze Over was an amazing acoustic driven number which was rather sassy. This was a perfect piece of songwriting and Catherine’s sweet vocal tones reminded me of Taylor Swift. Anyways this song focused on a couple that have broken up as the guy has broken the girls heart one to many times. Instead of taking him back the girl stands strong by giving the boy impossible demands “Hell Wold Have To Freeze Over/ Drink will start making you sober/ You would have to find me a 5 leaf clover/ Before I let you back in my heart/ Every war would have to be over/ So it will start getting colder/ You’ll have to catch me a Supernova/ Before I let you back in my arms”.

Cinderella: The delectable Cinderella was a game changer when compared to the punchy Hell Would Have To Freeze Over. This tantalising tune was a beautiful ballad aided by McGrath’s sweet vocal tones. I literally adored this beautiful cut, those whimsical lyrics updated the story of Cinderella “What if tonight’s our night/ What if we kiss just right/ What if we found what we’re looking for in each others eyes/ What if it sets us free/ What if it’s meant to be/ What if it’s that easy/ What if the shoe fits me”. This delectable tune was reminiscent to Taylor Swift’s Love Story which was based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.

She’ll Never Love You: This tune was an emotional rollercoaster as yet again it dealt with affairs of the heart. From the whimsical lyrics I picture a couple who’ve split up and the guy has moved on and found someone new. But the girl still harbours feelings for him “She’ll Never Love You/ Like I loved you baby/ She’ll never touch you/ Like I touched you baby/ Could have had my heart inside your hands/ But you took that chance away”. I found this tender tune to be rather breathtaking leaving me completely transfixed at the same time.

Say You Love Me: This succulent EP comes to a close with the extraordinary take on Jessie Ware’s Say You Love Me. Now I’m a fan of Jessie Ware’s music and I literally love this song. Catherine’s stripped back take on Say You Love Me was extremely hypnotising and the vocal tones were sweet like chocolate. Basically I’m astounded McGrath completely owned this number.

One is available to purchase from iTunes

OVERALL: Catherine McGrath is so talented and he song writing skills are top notch. The material from this phenomenal EP left me completely captivated making me anticipate hearing more from her in the future.

Catherine will be supporting Una Healy for her two solo shows at St Pancras Old Church, London on 15th February and then on 16th February she’ll be at the Sugar Club in Dublin. Unfortunately both dates are a complete sell out, so if you have a ticket lucky you because you’ll get to witness 2 amazing acts.

I’m hoping McGrath does some solo shows sometime next year.

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