The Nashville cast has so many amazing singers, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Okay, no it’s not. We lied. Our favorite singer is Scarlett O’Connor, played by sweet-voiced Australian actress Clare Bowen. While people are busy wondering who inspired the character of Juliette (Hayden Panettiere), or whether or not Connie Britton will have enough trophy cabinets to house all the Emmys she should win for portraying Rayna Jaymes, we are getting lost in Clare’s voice.
Is it Dolly Parton we’re hearing? Clare did once say that Dolly is her favorite singer... And more, importantly, when will we get an album of Clare’s own music? Does she even write music? So many questions. Here are some answers.
Clare recently spoke with Vulture about how she transformed her Down Under accent into the Down South drawl she uses every Wednesday night on Nashville. “I’d sung a little bit of [a drawl] before. Actually, 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,” Clare says of keeping it country. “I liked country music always, but I never imagined I’d end up here. Singing on Nashville has really helped me find my own sound and really validate it because I’ve always had kind of a strange sort of sound.”
Whether it’s strange or not (it is, a little) that an Aussie could so naturally sing such persuasively southern songs, it is delightful. But apparently, it hasn’t always left her feeling cozy in her own sound. She recognizes the song “Ms. Ciely’s Blues” as one of the first moments she came into her own voice, saying “Oh, I don’t need to sound like an opera singer all the time. That particular song opened my world up to what you could sound like and still be considered good, because before that, I got kicked out of singing class.”
Come again? Yep, that’s right, the angelic-faced actress once had a run in with the law of her singing class. But no matter, she seems great now. In fact, she is indeed working on an album of her own. “Oh, yes, I’m writing at the moment. I’ve got to find spaces in between when there aren’t cameras on me. It’s a nice problem to have.”
Onscreen, she has the distractingly hot Gunnar (Sam Palladio) to pen some verses with her, but is that the case in real life? Well, we’re not sure who she’s working with, but it seems that the process is the same as when Scarlett and Gunnar go at it. “It’s very much like that. It starts with an idea. That’s all you need. Whichever one gels with the person that you’re writing with, you go from there and anything can happen.”