Caitlyn Shadbolt tunes into Sydney inspiration for new EP

BUOYED by the success of her debut single, Maps out the Window, Gympie country singer Caitlyn Shadbolt enjoyed a Sydney backdrop in the recording studio this week, producing demo material for a new EP.

The EP is scheduled to be released alongside Caitlyn's appearance at this year's Gympie Music Muster in August.

Lighting the way for the six-track EP release will be a new single on a date to be announced.

The single follows hot on the heels of iTunes Australian Country Chart topper, and Caitlyn's debut single post X Factor, Maps Out the Window.

Caitlyn had toyed with the idea of piecing together a full-blown album, but instead chose a "mini-album" to help meet the Muster deadline.

The Sydney visit was part of the creative process for the former X Factor Top 5 contestant, who penned lyrics and cut a number of demo tracks in the studio.

Now the singer faces the daunting task of choosing just six songs for the EP to be recorded in Brisbane.

"I have a notebook full of songs which is more than enough," Caitlyn said.

"I just have to try and pick the best catchy songs."

A few of the songs have been given a test drive at gigs the singer has attended.

"I love seeing the reaction to the new songs," Caitlyn said. "It's honest feedback."

While the new single is under wraps for now, the new track will have the Caitlyn Shadbolt DNA.

"It will have a positive message and will still say 'Caitlyn', but it will also be a bit different," Caitlyn said.

Outside the studio and songwriting sessions, Caitlyn enjoyed opportunity to catch up with fellow X Factor contestant Tahnie Cristini, who is one-third of girl group XOX.

The pair enjoyed a Sydney autumn day to pose for photos while Caitlyn "crashed on the couch" of Cristini's inner-city home during the visit.

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