Since releasing her debut EP Adolescent at only 15, which charted number 11 in the iTunes singer-songwriter charts and gained praise from BBC 1Xtra, Cat Burns has gone from strength to strength.
Surrounded by music growing up, Cat started singing from a young age and religiously listened to her family’s beloved gospel music. Now aged 18, the BRIT school graduate has recently released her single ‘Sober’. Produced by Jake Isaac, the song features catchy lyrics about the painful realisation that someone doesn’t value you the way they should. Today, Cat Burns released a live acoustic version of the track, which you can watch here!
We’re super excited for what’s to come from this rising singer-songwriter, her talent is undeniable.
Tell us a bit about you and your route into music…
Well I’ve been singing since I was a little girl, and my family truly believe it was passed down generations, because my grandma used to sing, as well as my mum. My sister grew up loving the performing arts, so I’ve been around music all my life.
Is music something you’ve always gravitated towards?
Yes definitely, music is my escape, especially when there are songs that felt like they were written for me and what I was going through at the time. I cannot leave the house without my headphones!
And who are your biggest musical inspirations?
I would have to say Tracy Chapman, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly
You recently released ‘Sober’, tell us a bit about the song…
Well I wrote it when I was extremely fed up with how my best friend was being treated by someone he was talking to. But, I also wrote it about my own experience with guys only messaging when it’s late or just not in the right state of mind. I’m essentially calling them out on it.
How was the recording and writing process?
Very smooth actually! I came up with chorus, melody and lyrics first, then moved onto the next sections from there. It was surprisingly easy!
Jake Isaac produced ‘Sober’, how was it working with him?
Amazing! He honestly feels like a big brother or mentor within the industry! We are from the same area and want to do something different in the industry. He knew how to tweak some lyrics and melodies to make it sound more exciting, so I’m so glad I got to start my musical journey with him!
And what’s the reaction been like to the song?
People seem to really like and relate to it! Hopefully more people can listen to it and resonate with the song.
The South London music scene is really strong at the moment, how has your upbringing in South London influenced you?
South London is a really cool area! Filled with people who may not have a lot but, are all aiming for their big dreams! Whilst still keeping our raw and toughness through it all! I like to sing in a British accent as well, and that’s been majorly influenced by South London.
What can we expect from you over the next year?
More music definitely, I’m so excited for everyone to hear all my new songs!
And finally, dead or alive, who would be your dream person to collaborate with, and why?
I would say Lily Allen actually, I love her whole vibe.