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Clare Bowen Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Clare Bowen Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

I am just me. My album is a collection of stories from my life and the lives of people I love. It represents many of the different facets of me as a person, what my life has been so far, and what I hope to achieve in the future; the heart of which is changing the world for the better and reassuring people that they’re not alone. 

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

I take my influence from artists such as Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash (not just their music, but also their love for one another), Dolly Parton and her music and the way she spreads goodness wherever she goes; Bruce Springsteen who gives everything he’s got when he performs live and shares his stage with lots of performers. I also love Helene Fischer for the same reason - she gives so much and shared her platform with me so generously when I first came to Germany. Buddy Miller is one of my musical mentors, and so is Colin Linden, who I was lucky enough to have as my lead guitarist on our first German tour. Paul Simon - because Graceland was the very first album I owned. Billie Holiday for her immense bravery in storytelling, and Janice Joplin and Stevie Nicks for their complete individuality. 

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

I am doing my best to make music something that fills people with hope. To use my platform for good, to tell stories that can make people forget all their worries, or perhaps find words to voice their worries. There are so many people walking around in the world feeling so alone. I want them to know that they belong and are precious.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

It just sort of happened. I think I was born to tell stories, but somewhere along the way, lost my courage.  It was my brother, Timothy James Bowen (who is also a musician) pulling me aside almost ten years ago now, and asking me “why don’t you sing anymore?” I told him I guess I’ve listened to too many people who called my ideas weird or silly, or told me that my goals were unachievable and unrealistic. I started to believe those people and shut down until my brother kicked me back into gear, told me I was born to do this, and made me a little brave again.

Lamitschka:  Do fans mob you everywhere you go or do they respect your privacy?

Mobbing happens sometimes, and I am shy, so my team does their best to minimize those situations. But my fans are incredible. They tell me their stories and come to show after show and are very respectful towards myself and my family - even when they’re very excited.  I have encountered people who don’t respect my privacy, grab at me, stalk me, pretend to be me or treat me like I’m not a person, just an object - scary things like that; but I don’t consider those people to be fans.

Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

If you go to  ClareBowenOfficial.com, you will find accurate information about me. Also, on social media (@clarembee) I happily share a lot of what’s going on in my everyday life. Those are the places you’ll actually be able to get to know me properly outside of a show and my music.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future? 

Music is a forever changing culture, often informed by what is going on in the world at any given time. To me it feels like we are currently revisiting the protest song period of the 60’s, which I believe is highly necessary due to the extreme division in humanity we are experiencing at the moment. The first example that comes to mind is just recently hearing P!nk sing “Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken.” It filled me with such hope when I heard it. I want to make music that fills people with hope and strength.

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

The first time I played the Opry - it was at the Ryman singing a duet with Vince Gill, who is a person I hold in very high regard. My first solo set at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, which was made even more special as it was the very first time I sang with Brandon Robert Young, who is now my husband. Being honoured at the ACM awards and being in a picture alongside people such as Dollly Parton and songwriter Lori McKenna.  And in Germany, selling out the entire tour and the first time I held a physical copy of my album in my hands (which I gave to my parents).

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

I hang out with my husband, Brandon, our dear friends & family, and our animals. Sometimes I’ll go and find one of my horses and lay on his back to read a book, where I inevitably fall asleep, but he would never let me fall off! I knit and make things, write songs and make plans for what my next adventure will be. I really want to thank all the wonderful people who helped me sell out my first German tour. You made me feel so welcome and I am forever grateful for your enthusiasm, encouragement and open-hearted nature. Danke schoen for making the tour one of the best musical and cultural experiences of my life.

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