Emerging country artist Catie Offerman has partnered with Country Now for an Instagram takeover. And, she is letting fans in even more with a brand new behind-the-scenes clip in this exclusive premiere.
This inspirational Moving Away video, as part of episode four of her YouTube series, finds Offerman reflecting on when she decided to pack up her bags for Nashville with hopes to fulfill her lifelong dreams of becoming a full-time country artist. Before heading to Music City, the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, who grew up on a horse ranch in New Braunfels, Texas, took a detour, first graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., and then setting foot in Los Angeles.
“I had gotten a scholarship to Berklee in Boston. I moved up to Boston, and so did my dad because he was scared,” Offerman, whose parents star in the video, explains. “My mom was like, ‘It’s fine. Go on.’ But, my dad was like, ‘I’m coming too.’ I finished college, and when I was 19, I moved to LA. But, I struggled to find my footing there and relate.”
“How does who I am as a person connect with what I want to do musically? And, how do I bring in the musical influences that I have and into what I’m doing?” Offerman recalls questioning the decisions she made up to that point while honing her craft in the Hollywood hills. “I was just like, ‘Screw it. I think I just need to go to Nashville because I think I have my best shot at being me.’”
Offerman, who previously played in polka bands and dabbled in Texas Swing, eventually decided to change direction and head South, but her father had doubts. Looking through a more logical lens, he thought about how difficult it was to make it as a music artist, as the job doesn’t always guarantee a steady paycheck.
“There were times throughout Catie’s career of graduating from Berklee, moving to Los Angeles, then going to Nashville, and all of the things in between, created a lot of anxiety in me internally. It just worried me. She’s my daughter,” Offerman’s father, Don, reasoned. “I said, ‘Look. You’re in Nashville now – a great town with a great college. If you go back to school, maybe you could get your doctorate degree or whatever because you never know what the music career is gonna do.”
Despite her dad’s well-intentioned advice, Offerman took her leap of faith and continued to follow her passion.
“She’s like, ‘No, dad. I know what I want to do….” Don added. “Everything went on, and she was still continuing to do her music. She was still playing on the road, and all of this stuff just started growing and blossoming.”
“The second I started going back to the things that really matter to me is when I started finding my own voice and my sound. I play music. That’s what I do,” Offerman shared of her journey to self-discovery and success.
Although not a straightforward path, Offerman has proven that patience, tenacity, and following her gut have paid off. Not only has she signed a worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Group Publishing and a record deal with UMG Nashville, but this year, she released two new tracks. They include “Happyland Trailer Park” and “Don’t Do It in Texas.” On Aug. 5, Offerman will play her songs at The Bluebird in Nashville, following a run of hometown shows while on tour with fellow country artist Parker McCollum.
“Moving Away” follows clips – “An Introduction,” “We’re It All Began,” and “Taking Chances.” Be sure to check out Offerman’s latest video in the clip above.