Clare Bowen was encouraged by her opera teacher to sing country

By: Start TV Staff     Posted: May 14, 2021, 2:00PM

Clare Bowen shines on Nashville as Scarlett O’Connor. While it takes time for her to get the courage to get up on stage, her performances are some of the best that the series has to offer. Both her country accent and singing seem to come naturally to Bowen, even though she's from Australia.

While her preferred style of music now is country, Bowen was originally trained to sing opera.

"I was classically trained in operetta from about age 4, I think. Music’s always been a big part of my life," said Bowen during an interview with Vulture.

Coming from a family of singers, Bowen was always encouraged to follow her passion for singing. It was even one of her singing teachers that would influence her to sing country.

“When I was 9 years old, my singing teacher told me, 'You know, you have a little country lilt to your voice.' It’s something I’d always remembered. I liked country music always, but I never imagined I’d end up here.”

Bowen would continue singing opera for a few years, even performing at the Sydney Theatre Company. It was there while she was performing in the Spring Awakening that she received advice to take her talents over to Hollywood.

“I was standing backstage after opening night and [the artistic director] asked if I had thought about moving to Los Angeles, and I said, 'Um, that’s scary.' But she said I should go and that I would like it. So I did, and here I am.”

Bowen got her breakout role of Scarlett O'Connor on Nashville in just her first few years in Hollywood. She amazed the showrunners and fans of the series with both her singing and acting. Following the end of the series in 2018, Bowen was finally ready to get her own voice out there and released her debut country album titled 'Clare Bown.'

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