Genre: Pop, Rock
It could just be the old musical soul she was born with. Or maybe Caitlin Ashleigh’s dynamic, organic sensibilities as a singer/songwriter come from all that classic 60’s-70’s pop rock her parents exposed her to growing up. The multi-talented Melbourne, Australia-based artist may be only 17 but that’s the only thing “teen” about her. Beyond her naturally powerful voice, the proof that Caitlin’s here for the long haul is the soul-stirring set of ten personal yet universal songs on her highly anticipated debut.
Caitlin has been singing live since she was five, when she sang at a restaurant with a lady who was playing the piano--who immediately told her mum that Caitlin had great pitch. But it was a Rogers Waters concert she saw at age 12 that blew her musical world wide open and inspired her to start thinking like a singer/songwriter. Over the next four years, realizing that she was making great strides as a vocalist and composer, Caitlin began thinking big and boldly submitted her home demos online to the legendary Tony Visconti. Instead of being intimidated by the famed producer’s decades-long resume, Caitlin thought Visconti would be the perfect match for her own vibe that blends classic and contemporary influences.
Her instincts were right on. Visconti loved her genre-defying style (which touches on pop, rock and country), saw great potential in her songwriting and loved the idea of working with a young artist with a voice that didn’t need effects to sound amazing. When he invited her to NYC’s Stratosphere Studios, Caitlin brought an album’s worth of workable material—mostly songs completely penned by her. Instead of trying to mold her like many producers do with young singers, Visconti helped her pinpoint what she liked and fashion an overall sound that was perfect for her.
Caitlin Ashleigh's self-titled debut album is to be released in early 2011.