At just seventeen years, Caitlyn is already
collecting accolades as a country music
singer on local and national stages. Her
angelic voice, songwriting prowess and
infectious enthusiasm make a perfect
What is your earliest memory of music or being interested in music and what inspired or led to a career in Country music?
I first realised I wanted to pursue a career in music when I joined my primary school’s rock band and had our first performance at the end of the year. I guess you could say I got a kick out of the adrenaline! I grew up listening to country music so the love for the genre started as soon as I could walk really!
What is your career highlight, so far?
I have had way too many fun times on stages that I cannot begin to think of a best one! But some of my highlights are certainly attending the CMAA Academy in 2012, performing on the main stage at the Gympie Muster and performing in showcases at the annual Tamworth Festival.
How would you describe the music/songs you write and sing?
I would definitely call it modern country and to a degree country pop. I love all genres, particularly country and pop which is how my originals come about.
What advice would you give anyone considering a career in the music industry?
Oh that question makes me feel like a superstar! I would say if it’s your dream then go for it, just make sure you’re dedicated! But most of all, have fun!
Who would you most like to sing a duet with?
If I could pick anyone in the world it would be Hunter Hayes :P Otherwise I’m not too sure! Anyone who would like to sing with me I guess!
Do you have an embarrassing / funny musical experience you can share with us?
There are plenty of moments I wish never happened on stage but I’ve learnt from all of them I do remember one time when I tripped on my guitar lead and the only way I could save myself from falling was to flash the poor elderly couple in front of me, oops. :/
What music are you interested in at the moment?
I love all music! I listen to anything from Rascal Flatts to ACDC to One Direction. Yes, even 1D!
What other interests do you have away from music?
If I’m not performing I’m generally working on my next goal for my career or hanging out with friends. Or sleeping! And if you call Facebook and interest these days, then certainly that. Haha
What are some of your favourite things?
Is chocolate classed as a favourite thing? My friends and family definitely come into the list of favourite things as well as my guitar!
What is next for you?
Now that I’ve finished school I’ll be focusing 100% on my career and trying to perform in all different places! I’m currently saving up to record which hopefully won’t be too far away.
Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, we appreciate it.
Thanks for having me!
For mor information on Caitlyn Shadbolt check out her website. And if you're in Tamworth for the festival, make sure you check out one of Caitlyn's shows!