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News: Clare Joins Cameo!

News: Clare Joins Cameo!

Clare has joined Cameo!!

Cameo is the leading marketplace connecting fans directly with tens of thousands of pop culture personalities in the form of customized video messages, live video calls and direct messages. Founded in March 2017 by Steven Galanis, Devon Townsend, and Martin Blencowe, Cameo’s mission is to enable the most personalized and authentic fan connections on earth.

You can buy a personal video from Clare for yourself or a loved one. Buy a video on cameo!

Photos: Hungry Ghosts Gallery Update

Photos: Hungry Ghosts Gallery Update

I’ve added HD screencaps of Clare from her recent appearance on the Australian mini series Hungry Ghosts as well as stills and promos and such. I hope you enjoy!

Photos: NASCAR Cup Series Awards + NASCAR Night At The Opry

Photos: NASCAR Cup Series Awards + NASCAR Night At The Opry

Happy New Year! I apologize for the lack of updates. I was out of town for a few weeks.

I’ve added photos of Clare from two appearances she made last month. Check them out in the gallery.

Later this year Clare Bowen Web will be celebrating 8 years online. I plan to add tons of missing photos and content to the site until then so keep checking back.

Photos: 2019 Cash Fest

Photos: 2019 Cash Fest

Sorry for the lack of updates. I still adore Clare, but I’ve been pre-occupied offline. I will be working on adding a ton of missing photos and content to the site in the new year so please check back for all those exciting things.

Clare was in attendance at the very first Cash Fest where she performed with Brandon. Check out lovely photos in the gallery!

Photos: “Blue Bird” Film Screening and After Party

Photos: “Blue Bird” Film Screening and After Party

Clare attended the film screening and after party for the Blue Bird docu-film. I read somewhere that she has a cameo in the film. Check your listings to see if it’s playing near you. I’ve added photos from the screening to the gallery. Enjoy.

Press: Clare Bowen Exemplifies True Grit

Clare Bowen can’t help but crack up laughing while recalling her first Nashville performance because what Zac Brown Band did for her at the time is the stuff of dreams.

It was during CMA Fest 2012, and Bowen had only been in town a few days to start her new job playing Scarlett O’Connor on the popular drama, Nashville. ZBB was headlining an after-party at the Hard Rock Café on Lower Broadway downtown. Since they shared the same management, she was asked if she’d like to join the band onstage.

There was only one problem: the only song she was confident singing lead on was Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode.”

“It was so funny,” Bowen tells “The band asked, ’Do you know a country song to sing?’ And I said, ’Well it’s gotta be something upbeat, and I don’t know too many of those. But do you know ’Johnny B. Goode?’ And the whole band laughed their heads off in the nicest way. They were like, ’Yeah, we know ’Johnny B. Goode.’ And they swung into it.

“I was looking at the microphone that was making my voice so loud, and I’m thinking, ’I didn’t know I could make that noise,’ and all of a sudden I got lost in it. The band was incredible. The whole Hard Rock Cafe was packed and dancing. I thought, ’Dang. I just got people to swing dance.’ It’s like my pathetic superpower. I can make people swing at the drop of the hat.”

Bowen has established herself as one of the most consistent entertainers to come out of the series. Right after the production on Nashville wrapped, she headlined her first tour as a solo act in Germany. Throughout the series, she was a regular on the Nashville package tours that worked the UK and trekked North America annually. She was also a support act for a Sugarland tour and Zac Brown Band’s Southern Ground music festivals.

Since Bowen spent most of her Nashville life playing someone else, it’s time followers get to know the artist she is, and the result is her 11-song eponymous debut produced by Josh Kauffman. Her vocal performance throughout is high and lonesome, exhibiting the angelic tones of a burgeoning Alison Krauss. “Thinking Out Loud” hit-maker, Amy Wadge; “Humble and Kind” songwriter, Lori McKenna; Zac Brown Band hit-maker, Wyatt Durrette; Taylor Swift hit-maker, Nathan Chapman; and guitarist, Buddy Miller, were some of her collaborators.

“I took five-and-a-half years to write because it was done between filming, touring and everything that came with the show Nashville,” she says. “I’ve gotten so much lovely outside encouragement from people. When I came to town, I got to basically learn how to be in a recording studio with people like T Bone Burnett and Buddy [Miller], which was a massive privilege because I got to meet a lot of people through them, and that was huge.

“When I met my husband, Brandon [Robert Young], one of the first things he did for me when we first met; because I became friends with him before we started courting; he said, ’I’ll introduce you to some of the best people in Nashville.’ That’s how I met Justin Halpern, who co-wrote ’Warrior,’ which has become somewhat of an iconic track on the album for people across the world.”

Bowen says “Warrior” is the album’s cornerstone since it started as a tribute to the pediatric patients she connected with in the hospital during her childhood battle with nephroblastoma, a type of childhood cancer that starts in the kidneys.

“I came up in the hospital where most of them didn’t get to grow up,” Bowen says. “I was very lucky that I made it out because my treatment was so severe in depths. That’s the kind of ward I was in: it was the last hope ward, which is why I have such an affinity for St. Jude [Children’s Research Hospital]. I realized through writing the album that I had never really written a song about those people who I was on the ward with, and who were my family. I watched people suffer things and see things that no person should ever have to see happen with their child.

“As we wrote, I started to realize that ’Warrior’ pertains to everybody,” she adds. “We’re all human. Everybody has scars, whether it’s in your mind, your heart, your body, or your soul. I wanted people to know that whatever your scars are, sometimes scars are not things that we can see with our eyes.”

Bowen adds there was no way to foresee Nashville’s impact on her life when she first auditioned for Scarlett. “I knew that Nashville was a really special place, but I didn’t know exactly how special it was and then how special it would become for me. This is where I found my home. It’s where I found the love of my life. It’s where I’ve gotten to tell the first part of my story in song.

“There was sort of a funny moment when I first got here because when I came to America, I sold everything I owned. I bought a one-way ticket to the US on a wing and a prayer knowing that I had to give it everything.

“When they showed the Nashville trailer at the then LP Field, I was standing there onstage, I said hello to Kenny Rogers and his wife, who were on the sidestage, and I was like, ’What have I gotten myself into?’ The trailer was playing the background, and my head is 20-feet-high, which is ridiculous, and the whole place was packed, and all the people were screaming for us. And I’m thinking, ’None of these people know that I have like $18 in my bank account. Do they?’”

Press: Interview – Clare Bowen Spotlights Her ‘Musical Mission’ on Her Self-Titled Debut Album

In 2012, during CMA Fest in Nashville, Tenn., Clare Bowen stood onstage at what was then known as LP Field (these days, it’s Nissan Stadium) with the rest of the cast of a brand-new television show, Nashville. Bowen, a native Australian, had just arrived in town and was “completely wide-eyed, standing around and having no idea what was going on,” she recalls to The Boot.

“No one could have prepared me for what was going to happen — but they didn’t tell me that we were gonna be standing on this stage in front of more people than I had ever seen in my life!” Bowen continues. “I was like, ‘Don’t these people know that I’ve got 18 dollars in my bank account?'”

In the years that followed, Nashville’s popularity skyrocketed, as did Bowen’s comfort and ease onstage. On the TV drama, she played the shy, talented Scarlett O’Connor, who begins the series as a waitress at the Bluebird Cafe but quickly becomes a singer-songwriter in her own right. Like her former character, Bowen loves music, but hasn’t always pursued it directly, and she’s struggled to believe in herself and her abilities in the past; in fact, Bowen began work on her debut solo album nearly five and a half years before finally releasing the self-titled project on Friday (July 12).

Although growing pains are inevitable with any major career change, Bowen says she never regretted leaving her character behind. “It was definitely a big step to take, but more freeing than anything else,” she explains. “Scarlett had all these things happen to her, especially being treated badly by men and allowing it to happen, and that was always, like, the younger version of me. It was sometimes painful to watch her get mistreated time after time and keep going back to the same person who wasn’t changing and wasn’t willing to.”

The real-life Bowen and the fictional O’Conner have more differences than they do similarities. While the character is a native southerner with the accent to prove it, Bowen hails from New South Wales, Australia (and also has the accent to prove it). Telling her own story — as opposed to O’Conner’s, or some muddy combination of the two — was important to the singer as she crafted Clare Bowen, and she suspects that getting to the marrow of what she had to say is partially why it took so long to complete the record.

That, and the fact that much of its contents were tough to talk about. At age four, Bowen received a devastating diagnosis: She had cancer, and was given two weeks to live. When she set out to write her album, she knew she wanted to include a song about that experience — not only for the sake of telling her story, but also in remembrance of the many children she knew who didn’t survive their illnesses.

“I don’t know anyone else who survived my round of chemotherapy. It was experimental, and very extreme,” Bowen relates. She has a memory of getting into an elevator with her mom one day early in her treatment plan, when her chances of survival seemed very unlikely: “I remember asking my mother, ‘Are there heaters in heaven? Because it’s really cold here.’ I know that was crushing for her, but that was my mindset at the time, because I knew that I was dying,” she recalls.

While she was in the hospital, Bowen made friends with another young girl named Jackie. “To me, she was so grown up and so big and so strong, and she knew everything,” the singer remembers. “She showed me everything about the hospital, where it was fun to go, and that it was okay to be what we were.

“There was a little magazine, called the Chemo Chronicles, for all the kids, and in the back, there was a section [dedicated to saying] ‘Congratulations, you get to go home today,’ and along with that was the condolences section,” Bowen continues. “When I left the hospital, my name was in the congratulations [section], and Jackie’s was in the condolences section.”

The memory of Jackie and all the other children who lost their lives will always been an important part of Bowen’s identity. When she first got the chance to perform as herself — and not as Scarlett — she knew she had to showcase that aspect of her life. That song became “Warrior,” the last track on Clare Bowen.

“It became this anthem, stemming from beautiful, beautiful Jackie, who I think about every day,” Bowen explains. “And all my other friends who didn’t make it out, who I know they’re onstage with me every time I go out there.

It’s kind of hard to talk about,” she admits.

Once she wrote the song, however, Bowen realized that “Warrior” connected with all kinds of people, not just those who shared her experience of going through childhood cancer. “There are so many people out there who feel like what makes them not fit in is written all over them. I want them to know that whether your scars are in your mind, your heart, your body, your soul — they don’t define you. They’re beautiful,” Bowen says. “Battle scars are part of what makes them so precious.

“I think that’s part of my mission with music, too,” she adds, “to reassure people they’re not alone.”

Some well-intentioned people encouraged Bowen to make an album as Scarlett, but ultimately, the singer knew that she and her character had entirely different stories to tell. Nashville — the show, the town and all the people she’s met through and in them both — gave her the confidence to believe in the power of her own story and her own musical inclinations.

Clare Bowen resides more in the Americana realm than Scarlett’s more mainstream brand of singer-songwriter country ever did, and that difference in style can in part be traced back to their wildly different roots. Growing up in Australia, Bowen’s cultural inheritance was a “people’s music,” informed by Australian country and folk.

“I guess the sound of the earth in Australia is such a big thing for me and my family,” she explains. “It would be hard to put a genre on it, but if I had to, it has, like, Celtic, folk, mostly Americana roots, I suppose — but as someone from a different side of the world.”

Even though she’s from the other side of the planet, Bowen still had her first experiences with Nashville early on. As an artist who names Dolly Parton as one of her most important influences, she jumped at the chance to perform the country icon’s “Coat of Many Colors” for the Grand Ole Opry’s Opry Goes Pink Event, aimed at raising breast cancer awareness. When she was onstage, however, Bowen had a sudden flashback.

“I had this mad flash of memory, of sitting at my granddad’s kitchen table when I was really, really little, and Dolly was playing on the wireless. I think it was actually WSM radio,” she recounts. “That was one of those weird, full-circle things. It just knocked me off my feet a little bit.”

Bowen will return to the Opry on Friday to celebrate the release of her debut album. With contributions from artists such as Lori McKenna, Caroline Spence and Bowen’s husband, Brandon Robert Young, Clare Bowen is the product of a supportive community and a story that the artist has long been waiting to tell.

Press/Audio: Clare Bowen Talks Growing Up in Australia, Overcoming Childhood Cancer, Starring on “Nashville,” Finding Love, Creating New Album & More

Jim Casey talks with singer/songwriter/actress Clare Bowen and her husband, Brandon Robert Young, about:

releasing her self-titled debut album in the U.S. on July 12
releasing the album in Germany, U.K. and Australia over the last year
starring as Scarlett O’Connor on Nashville for six season
growing up in Australia
speaking with a Southern U.S. accent on Nashville
working and touring with Charles Esten
overcoming cancer as a four-year-old
drawing from childhood experiences for her new album
opening the album with new single, “Let It Rain”
featuring Buddy Miller on new song, “Tide Rolls In”
the tender new song, “All the Beds I’ve Made,” which Clare and Robert co-penned about each other
closing the album with the gut-wrenching ballad, “Warrior”
performing the album live
upcoming acting projects

Podcast Participants

Clare Bowen
Brandon Robert Young
Jim Casey, editor-in-chief of NCD


Press: ‘Nashville’ star Clare Bowen and Bryan Brown lead the cast of ‘Hungry Ghosts’

After appearing in all six seasons of US musical drama Nashville, Clare Bowen has returned to Australia to star alongside Bryan Brown in SBS’s Hungry Ghosts.

Matchbox Pictures’ four-part character-driven ghost story based on an original idea by Timothy Hobart explores three generations of Vietnamese Australian families, all haunted by the traumatic events of war.

Four weeks into a seven week shoot, the Shawn Seet-directed series opens on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival in Melbourne when a vengeful spirit is unleashed, wreaking havoc across the Vietnamese Australian community.

The large ensemble cast also features Catherine Davies, Justine Clarke, Ryan Corr, Ferdinand Hoang, Gareth Yuen, Jillian Nguyen, Hoa Xuande, Suzy Wrong, Gary Sweet and Susie Porter.

Brown plays Neil Stockton, a photographer famous for his collection of Vietnam War photographs which are featured in an exhibition that has ripple effects.

Bowen, who played budding songwriter Scarlett O’Connor in Nashville, which aired here on Stan, plays his daughter Liz.

In her first major TV role, experienced stage actress Catherine Davies is May Li, a former chef who begins to understand that she alone has the power to control the evil spirits.

Ryan Corr is a first-year doctor who encounters May Li, Sweet is a shape-shifter and Porter is a UN worker who is infected by ghosts.

Stephen Corvini and Hobart are producing the series with funding from Screen Australia, SBS, Film Victoria and NBCUniversal International Distribution.

Hobart conceived the idea of a series involving the transfer of trauma from one generation of trauma survivors to subsequent generations about a year ago and developed the concept with John Ridley. Given the subject, they enlisted the help of playwright Michelle Lee and brothers Alan and Jeremy Nguyen.

Screen Australia’s Head of Content, Sally Caplan said: “Screen Australia is committed to supporting diverse and distinctive Australian stories. What excites us about Hungry Ghosts is that it will take viewers into the rich world of Vietnamese culture, and tell a story that hasn’t been seen before on our screens. Director Shawn Seet and producer Stephen Corvini have a proven track record in delivering thought-provoking dramas and with strong scripts from a mix of Vietnamese-Australian writers including Jeremy and Alan Nguyen, plus an outstanding cast, I look forward to seeing this series premiere on SBS later this year.”

Film Victoria CEO, Caroline Pitcher, said: “We’re thrilled to support Hungry Ghosts, the latest Victorian high-quality television drama. Set firmly within Melbourne’s Vietnamese community and with a strong and diverse creative team behind it, this new series from Matchbox Pictures is a prime example of the unique stories and perspectives we want to see on screens.”

Hungry Ghosts is directed by Shawn Seet (Deep Water) and produced by Stephen Corvini (Safe Harbour), Timothy Hobart (Wanted) and executive producers Sue Masters (The Hunting, The Family Law)and Debbie Lee (The Family Law, Barracuda). The series is written by Timothy Hobart, Michelle Lee, Alan Nguyen, Jeremy Nguyen and John Ridley.

The four-part series is a Matchbox Pictures production for SBS, with principal production funding from Screen Australia in association with SBS and Film Victoria. NBCUniversal International Distribution will distribute the series internationally.

Clare Bowen Web New Version

Clare Bowen Web New Version

Your eyes have not deceived you! You are at Clare Bowen Web. The site has a brand new makeover in honor of Clare’s debut album and solo tour. I’m so, so very excited for her and this amazing journey she’s on. The new design is a scrapbook-esque design with photos from her tour in the UK. I hope you all love it as much as I do. It took me a very long time to make this but it was so worth it. Thank you!

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