Hometown Heroes: Catherine McGrath, Twinnie
It's not C2C without discovering new music and a number of U.K. acts are creating their own special version of country music. Among them: the sweet, Irish-raised but London-based Catherine McGrath, who has a hint of early Taylor Swift and a country-pop sound strengthened by serious songwriting chops. Working with Liz Rose and Jimmy Robbins, she has an album on the way this spring, featuring the new single "Talk of This Town." Elsewhere, Twinnie, already a household name in the U.K., thanks to an early acting career, is establishing herself as a future country star. Sassy, sultry and commanding attention with a big voice, the York-raised artist possesses a sound that takes in country, R&B, pop and rock. Along with tracks off her upcoming LP, it was her mesmerizing rendition of Patsy Cline's "Crazy" that stopped C2C fans in their tracks.