Nashville-based Australian singer-songwriter Clare Bowen has announced her debut self-titled record, slated for release on July 12th. Affectionately remembered by many as Scarlett O’Connor from Nashville, this marks Bowen’s first and much-anticipated full album release. Produced and partially co-written by Josh Kaufman (Bob Weir, The National, The Hold Steady), Clare Bowen will include songs penned by husband Brandon Robert Young, as well as household and award-winning songwriters including Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Camilia Cabello), Wyatt Durrette (Zac Brown Band), Nathan Chapman (Taylor Swift) and Lori McKenna (Tim McGraw, Little Big Town).
The album is said to be true to Bowen’s life— one that has seen numerous struggles, such as the doctor-presumed deadly cancer diagnosis at 4-years-old, frequent panic attacks growing up, and her brother Timothy beating cancer in 2015. With this project, the 35-year-old shows what triumph over tragedy looks like– all in the form of very personal songs that come from a place of vulnerability.
One highlight on the upcoming release is the gut-wrenching ballad “Warrior.”
“I grew up in a children’s hospital. A ways into writing the album, I realized I’d never written a song about the children that I lived with, most of whom didn’t get to grow up because we were in a terminal ward,” shares Bowen about the song’s inspiration. “One of us passed away every single day. I watched a lot of children fight through hardships that no person should ever have to endure, and yet they were so incredibly brave. No matter what your troubles are, I want the ones who are still here to know they are not alone, and the ones that had to go on the next adventure early, that they will never, ever be forgotten.” Album opener, “Let It Rain,” a victorious anthem about life’s hardships and liberation from fear, drops May 23, with the album available for pre-order the following day. Bowen will embark on her own headlining tour this summer, including stops in NYC and Chicago, in addition to a special hometown show at Nashville’s City Winery.