Clare Bowen

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Typically an artist will focus on one medium to convey their vision of the world, but for Clare Bowen simply getting her message out into the world was key. Throughout her career Bowen has done this by partaking in musical theatre, television acting and now with the release of her debut self-titled music album.

For the past six years Bowen’s time has been primarily occupied filming her leading role as Scarlett O’Connor on the hit US television series Nashville. Now that production has wrapped on the series Bowen is able to reflect on the journey as one which fundamentally changed her life.

“Nashville was an incredible experience, I got to meet so many wonderful and positive influences who taught me to believe in myself, celebrate my own individuality and helped me find my voice.”

Whilst filming Nashville was an incredibly time consuming process Bowen was determined to simultaneously pursue her passion for music. Obviously working on a debut record this way was a very slow process which Bowen often felt conflicted over.

“There was a point where I thought I should be making this album faster and wishing that it wasn’t taking so long because I could only work on it during time that I snatched between commitments to the show. Looking back now though I’m so grateful to have had five and a half years to make this album because I had to make sure it had absolutely nothing to do with any character I’ve ever played, it had to be just me.”

With the record now released Bowen’s vision and goal of keeping the record incredibly personal has resulted in it being very positively received by fans and critics alike.

This week Bowen is excited to now be able to focus solely on the record and “give it the attention it deserves” as she arrives home in Sydney as part of her national theatre venue tour.

“I’m so excited that I get to come back to Sydney and play the Enmore because I used to work there behind the bar. We’re going to have a big old party where we celebrate individuality and togetherness. It’s a place where it doesn’t matter where you’ve been, where you’re from or if you feel like you don’t belong anywhere because you belong right here with us.”

Oct 2. Enmore Theatre, 118-132 Enmore Rd, Newtown. $79.90+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.enmoretheatre.com.au

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