Years before landing the role of Scarlett O'Connor on the CMT/HULU TV series NASHVILLE, and launching her career as a singer / songwriter, little Clare Bowen was growing up in rural Australia, miles from the nearest city, writing down everything she felt, heard, saw and dreamed.
"Music was my connection to the rest of the world," she says. As a child who spent more time around animals than people, she often "didn’t do social very well... but music is the universal language. I felt no barrier there. I was brought up on my parents’ vinyl collection - everything from Paul Simon to Gilbert & Sullivan. Vivaldi, to Elvis, to Dolly, to Springsteen, Edith Piaf and Etta James.”
Those references quickly expanded to include country legends like Loretta Lynn and Johnny Cash. Bowen heard her first broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry on the wireless in her grandad's kitchen. Soon after, her classical vocal coach paused one of their lessons to comment on the "country lilt" that had naturally crept into Bowen's voice. It would be another decade or so before she'd duet with heavyweights like Zac Brown and Vince Gill, record songs with Grammy-winning producers like T Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller, or tour the U.S. with NASHVILLE co-star Charles Esten, but those early experiences helped plant the seed, pushing Bowen toward Nashville and its musical community.
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