Caitlyn Shadbolt takes on the US
THIS year is already shaping up to be a massive one for Gympie's own music star Caitlyn Shadbolt as she heads to the United States and prepares to release her debut album.
Caitlyn told the Gympie Times she'll spend all this year writing and recording the album for an early 2017 release date.
"We decided we really want to take our time with this one and get it right," she said.
She said she's still trying to work out which direction to take as an artist.
"I released the EP and I kind of had an establishment of who I was as an artist and as a sound, but now with the album I want to almost upgrade it," she said.
She took a ten-day songwriter's retreat in Bali last month with some of the biggest global names in song writing, and hopes some of the material she wrote there will end up in the album.
Caitlyn will leave for the United States next Friday, to perform in the CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tennessee, after winning the Commercial Radio Australia New Artist to Nashville Scholarship.
Another songwriters' camp also awaits her in the US, and she said once she returns to Australia, she'll have all the tracks written and be ready to hit the recording studio.
Caitlyn has also just released the last music video from her EP, Running in Circles.
"It's definitely different to a lot of my clips ... it's much more emotional, and a lot deeper," she said.
Caitlyn said the song was about how the human race was "running in circles".
"With racism and bullying and domestic violence and all that crazy stuff, it just makes you wonder how we could come so far yet still be ridiculous like that, so that's pretty much what I wrote it about," she said.
"With the video clip, I took the direction of an unhappy couple, domestic violence and the lack of respect that can be between humans."