Brad asks the questions, Caitlyn answers them in our brand new Q&A with Caitlyn Shadbolt.
She’s one of the hottest names in Australian country music right now.
Her debut album ‘Songs On My Sleeve’ rocketed to No.1 on the ARIA Country Music Charts back in May, while its first single ‘My Breakup Anthem’ stayed at No.1 on country music radio for five weeks.
Now with her next single ‘Bad’ in the bag and a national tour on the way, Caitlyn had a chat with Brad and decided to share an exclusive behind the scenes preview below for auspOp ahead of the ‘Bad’ music video premiere!
Hi Caitlyn! How are you?
I’m well thank you, how are you?
I’m good thanks! I just missed getting to chat to you in person in Sydney. What were you doing while you were here?
I was actually shooting the clip for my second single ‘Bad’. It was really cool! It was a very short trip but we got the clip done which was exciting. It’ll be out soon.
(Check our EXCLUSIVE behind the scenes preview of the ‘Bad’ film clip HERE…)
I’m so excited it’s going to be the second single. When you put up a post on Facebook for fans to guess the second single I was hoping it’d be between ‘Bad’, ‘Jealousy’ and ‘Dirty’…
Oh cool! Good choices, good choices… they’re some of my favourites too! I think ‘Bad’ has always been a particular favourite of mine. I actually wrote it in Nashville with a couple of others chicks – Danielle Blakey and Emily Shackleton – and it was so cool! We wanted to write a fun song but keep it in theme of being a strong female that’s also a little bit cheeky…
It feels like there are a lot of songs on your album which are a bit cheeky and fun…
Yeah definitely. I prefer to be a lot more sarcastic and positive in song than to play the ‘woe is me’ card.
That’s what I think is so lazy about the Taylor Swift comparison with you. I feel like you have your own personality and songwriting style that is totally different to hers…
Yeah that’s so true! I think it just seems so natural to make comparisons and Taylor is the ultimate chick so it’s nice, but of course I’d like to be known as Caitlyn rather than be compared to anyone.
You released your debut album ‘Songs On My Sleeve’ in late May AND it went to NO.1 on the Country Music Charts. Congratulations! What did you do to celebrate?
Nothing really! I’m pretty sure at that time I was just at home with my parents and they cooked me dinner and we had soft drink haha!
Haha that’s alright! The album features a few songs written with country music legend Brooke McClymont and her husband Adam Eckersley. How did that come about?
They’re such great people. When I was in Sydney, I caught up with them and did some writing. We just got on really well and we have the same sort of vibe when it comes to writing. It was a good fit and that’s why there’s four songs with her on the album!
I also note that you not only wrote the album in Gympie and Sydney but Bali and Nashville as well!
I know I went to Bali and it did not feel like a work trip… that’s for sure! The Bali songwriting trip was incredible, I got to work with people from all around the world… My favourite was John Alaiga who produced the first couple of John Mayer records which was a big eye opener for me and a lot of fun…
And also Nashville is the home of country music. Was it what you expected it to be?
Oh absolutely! It was everything and more. And the funny thing about Gympie is that it was originally called Nashville back in the 1800s.
Hard to believe isn’t it? A cool little fit I think.
So you’ve got the Australian version of Nashville to call home. Any chance you want to make the real version home one day?
Oh possibly! I always joke that I’m too Aussie to go anywhere but I do look forward to spending more time in Nashville. I think Australia will always be home.
As an Aussie that’s great to hear! Now let’s talk about the album itself. Even though we’ve never met I feel like I know you pretty well after listening to it…
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I feel like you are the type of girl that is sassy, playful and doesn’t take crap from anyone…
That pretty much sums me up perfectly! Because I co-wrote the entire album, I’ve pretty much put my whole personality on paper. There’s no secrets or pretending with what’s going on in my life but I think it’s better to be honest than to pretend to be someone you’re not.
Definitely! On ‘Wasting Time With You’, you talk about lazing around in your pyjamas, driving through Maccas, 2am on the couch with cheese and crackers…
*chuckles* Doesn’t everyone drive through Maccas?
I sure do! What’s your go-to Maccas meal?
I just go for the dessert all the time. Chicken nuggets and McFlurry for me!
Love it! I also love the cheekiness in that line of ‘Get To Me’ – “you might think you hurt me, but boy you didn’t get that lucky, honey!”.
Hehe yeah that was a cheeky little play on words – I was trying to keep it G rated without actually being G rated.
Very smart! There’s so many one line zingers on this album, I can’t wait to see what you come up with on the next one!
Aw thank you so much. I’m glad you like it.
Absolutely! And the album features a duet with ‘X Factor’ 2011 winner Reece Mastin. How did that come about?
Well I actually wrote that song with Morgan Evans but he was unable to record it, so we thought Reece would be the perfect fit. He came down one day and recorded the track and just smashed it…
He really brings a lot to the album which I thought was unexpected. As you said, the song was written with Morgan Evans who is killing it with his new single ‘Kiss Somebody’. Do you think you’ll work with him again on the second album?
He’s a very busy boy that Morgan but you know he’s such a great writer and always makes time for the Aussies so I’m sure we’ll see each other again soon and hope to write again.
Incredible. And you launched the album with hit single ‘My Breakup Anthem’, which was No.1 on country radio for five whole weeks!
I know! Can you believe that?
It’s crazy! I love the song… why do you think it is that people connected so much to that song?
I think it is the typical breakup anthem and it just promotes loving being single. I’m sure everyone once in their life has been on the couch alone eating ice cream. I think people relate to the honesty, it’s fun and with it just being the first single. I think people were excited to see what I came up with after taking some time off.
You did have quite a long hiatus and we’re so glad you’re back.
I’m glad I’m back too!
The music video looked like it was so much fun to film. Can you please tell us about the concept of the video?
It was! I love doing film clips and it’s cool because every time you get to play a different character and do something fun every time. Definitely one of the perks of the job I guess.
What can we expect from it?
It was cool! I got to show another side of myself again. Cheeky, sassy, a little bit sexy and a bit bad ass! It’s set to drop at the end of this month.
You’ve featured on all the country music festivals – CMC Rocks, Broadbeach, Gympie Music Muster. Is there any artist on the road that you have been particularly starstruck by?
Oh man! There’s always someone cool that you run into and so many within the Australian industry as well. I’m really excited to see Jessica Mauboy at the Gympie Music Muster… I love her!
When can we expect a tour around Australia?
Well I’m actually announcing the tour tonight – pretty much now! I can’t wait to get back on the road. (Please see dates below on a double bill with country singer Melanie Dyer)
Amazing! Can’t wait. Then what can we expect after that? Anything planned for 2018?
*laughs* 2018! I’m just trying to get through the rest of the year at the moment. We hope to release a couple more singles, do this tour and just see where that takes me.
Well if you need any suggestions for a third single, I’d put ‘Dirty’ at the top of my list. I love the sassiness, I think it would work in the American market too.
Yep, yep. Actually a couple of people have mentioned that too. I think it’s always better to be sassy than kind.
Well the album has both, especially on the album closer ‘All Of You’ which you wrote with your boyfriend Matt Smith from Thirsty Merc.
Yes I did! I actually wrote that song after one of our first couple of dates and I was sort of stuck on the end of it so he came on in with the guitar and we finished the song together. It was really nice – like a love story written together. It was beautiful…
Any plans to write more with Matt?
Yes we’ve actually been writing a little bit lately. When we start to think about the next album there might be a few more tracks with the two of us.
That’s nice! Any plans to take the album internationally and to America?
I’m totally open to the idea. Definitely gotta get back to Nashville soon. At the moment I’m just working on Australia and will see where that takes me.
September 09 : Nellingen (Steampacket Hotel)
September 14 : Newcastle (Lizotte’s)
September 15 : Rooty Hil (Rooty Hill RSL)
September 17 : Hardys Bay (Hardys Bay Club)
September 27 : Ararat (The Rat)
September 28 : Lilydale (Hysteria Lounge)
September 30 : Deniliquin (Deni Ute Muster)
October 07 : Biloela (Showgrounds)
October 20 : Maryborough (Maryborough Sports Club)
November 17 : Brisbane (Black Bear Lodge)
November 18 : D’Aguilar (Dag Pub)