Amanda Eckard: CMA Close
Up News Service
Photographer: Jack Guy
Britt may be considered a newcomer by industry standards, but
the Australian already has one very famous fan - Sir Elton John.
was touring in Australia when a friend called to tell Britt that
the British pop singer was mentioning her name on all the talk
shows. Apparently, John walked into a record shop where the
clerk recommended Britt's 2001 independent album Dusty
Smiles and Heartbreak Cures. After the first listen, John
was hooked and couldn't help but spread the word.
reaction seems to follow Britt everywhere she goes. When she was
11, Britt went to a Bill Chambers (Kasey Chambers' father)
concert and requested the Aussie legend play a Jimmie Rodgers
song. Chambers was shocked that an 11-year-old knew Jimmie
Rodgers songs and invited her onstage to sing "T.B.
Blues." Chambers later became her producer.
joining him for the last show of his Australian tour, John asked
Britt if she had any contacts in the United States. When she
said no, John picked up the phone. Within days Britt had three
Label Group Chairman Joe Galante flew Britt and her family to
Nashville and signed her after listening to a couple of songs.
debut album Too Far Gone, produced by Keith Stegall
(Alan Jackson, George Jones), features the duet with John,
"Where We Both Say Goodbye."
HER OWN WORDS:
you could go back in time what era would you visit and why?
"I would visit Hank Williams when he was at his happiest
(around 1948). When he was living in Louisiana, doing the
Louisiana Hayride weekly; before he came to Nashville and became
massive. That whole year he was sober and happily living with
Audrey and Lycrecia with Audrey pregnant with Hank Jr."
moment in your life would you relive if you could? "Either
singing on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time or the first
time meeting Elton John."
you have a lucky charm? "I don't think I have one. Maybe my
Hank tattoo ... it's always helped in the past when I needed
does Country Music mean to you? "One word -
2005 CMA Close Up News Service
courtesy of RCA Label Group
the Web: www.catherinebritt.com