Caitlyn ready ‘pop’ with hot new sound
IF IT felt like forever for Caitlyn Shadbolt (pictured) since she released music, it must have felt like an eternity for her fans.
But the recording absence was this week a distant memory when the Gympie powerhouse released her much-anticipated single Bones.
The year-long break was driven by nothing specific- the 24-year-old explained yesterday - just part of the natural music production cycle which was extended due to emergency gall bladder surgery last year.
"It did take a bit longer than I wanted, but we're here now," the determined singer-songwriter said.
"(It's a lot like) write, record, release - then you tour and then you get back into it," she said.
But the bubbly singer wouldn't have it any other way - a lifestyle of performing while keeping her feet firmly planted on Gympie soil in-between.
And her latest song expresses that.
"I needed something that was going to send the right message out," she said.
"Anyone that's chasing a dream will totally relate to the song. It's a song about persistence, passion and trusting your gut instinct.
"There are always so many hurdles that come with dreaming big, but when you love something enough, you'll do it regardless.
"It couldn't speak more truth for me."
"I wrote Bones with Dylan Nash. It was my first time writing with him.
"Something just clicked … I think I really needed to get this one out of my system.
"It's been a while between drinks, so I wanted to say something really genuine and appropriate to where I'm sitting in life at the moment."
The pocket rocket shot to stardom in 2014 when placed fifth on the sixth season of The X Factor Australia.
Her country pop style stole the hearts of the nation and she had the support of her onstage mentor, UK singing sensation Ronan Keaton.
Two years later, her debut album, Songs On My Sleeve hit number one on the country ARIA charts.
Her first single, My Break Up Anthem, held the number one National Country Airplay Chart for more than eight consecutive weeks and became the second most played song on Country Radio.
Now, the down-to-earth songstress has described her latest release as "acoustic pop".
And it's a genre she intends to explore more of.
"It's a progression of my sound - I'm leaning more into the acoustic pop world I've discovered.
"It's definitely still got its country roots - I'll always have my country background."
The summer tour schedule has kept the Gympie singer busy - with a wide and varied fan base lapping up her boppy take on country.
Her next stop is Tamworth 2020 on January 24 before she woos local crowds at Rainbow Beach on February 29 at the Big Summer Blowout concert alongside Thirsty Merc and Daryl Braiththwaite.
Her producers will be keeping an eye on how her latest sound is received, but Caitlyn is feeling very relaxed about it all.
"Sometimes you just have to sit back and see what happens," she said.
Bones can be streamed on Spotify and Apple Music or catch it on the radio.