Clare Bowen grew up in rural Australia, and heard her first broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry on the wireless in her grandad's kitchen. Soon after, her classical vocal coach paused one of their lessons to comment on the ‘country lilt’ that had naturally crept into Bowen's voice.
It would be another decade or so before she'd duet with heavyweights like Zac Brown and Vince Gill, record songs with Grammy-winning producers like T Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller, or tour the United States with Nashville co-star Charles Esten, but those early experiences helped plant the seed, pushing Bowen toward Nashville and its musical community.
Along the way, she established herself as an in-demand actress on both sides of the Atlantic, earning critical praise in the highly controversial Australian film The Combination, directed by David Field, and as the leading role of Wendla in the Sydney Theatre Company’s musical production of Spring Awakening.
As Nashville character Scarlett O'Connor, a young poet turned songwriter, Bowen was required to sing hundreds of songs, play multiple instruments, and overcome an irrational fear of microphones.
She plays shows between shoots, touring the US with fellow Nashville actor Charles Esten and her singer-songwriter husband, Brandon Robert Young.
For ages 14+.