With haunting and ethereal songs that masterfully delve into the depths of ferocious love, heartbreaking loss and steadfast hope, the debut album, Us, by new duo BOWEN * YOUNG unveils a unique style of music the couple has dubbed “Cinematic Americana.”
BOWEN * YOUNG’s timeless debut record created by Clare Bowen and husband Brandon Robert Young is a multi-sensory feast. The music, produced by Americana songwriter / producer Sean McConnell, invokes themes painted by the duo’s powerfully authentic lyrics and hypnotic harmonies.
With songs they wrote including “Water to Wine,” “Skeletons” and “Dangerous Love,” the duo explores the light and dark that exists in the world. “It’s about not being afraid of the dark, but rather the ability to embrace it, to walk through it. The light cannot exist without darkness, and both are part of everyone’s story,” Clare says.
A sense of gratitude is one of the things the two have in common. Clare, the charismatic actress who played Scarlett O’Connor on the popular show Nashville, is known as a ray of sunshine around the world. She is an empath who leads with her heart, able to communicate and translate emotions whether on stage or screen.
Born in rural Australia, she moved to Music City in 2012 for the Nashville role and immediately earned respect from the city’s musical leaders. She has performed with artists such as Vince Gill, Zac Brown Band, and worked alongside Grammy Award winning producers/songwriters T-Bone Burnett and Buddy Miller, who became her mentors. She released an eponymous album and performed with Brandon before sold-out crowds in the US, UK, Germany and Australia. The pair also earned a coveted spot on Sugarland’s popular “Still the Same” tour and toured live with the Nashville cast, selling out London’s O2 Arena.
Brandon, who began singing at age five under the gentle guidance of his mother, had a vastly different path to Nashville. In 2000, he moved from Enfield, CT, to Music City, where he taught himself to play guitar. He worked as a courier during the day and spent his nights filling empty composition books with song after song.
He spent a decade touring with music legend John Hiatt, first as percussionist and background vocalist and eventually becoming one third of The John Hiatt Trio. He worked on three of the famed artist’s albums, the last of which was nominated for a Grammy.
Brandon has collaborated with Grammy Award-winning artists Emmylou Harris, Colin Linden, and Mikky Ekko. Young was also invited by John Carter Cash to finish one of his father’s unpublished works for Johnny Cash Forever Words. Brandon’s music has been heard in shows such as Shameless, A Million Little Things, and Nashville.
It was serendipity that brought BOWEN * YOUNG together in 2013, when Brandon was a last-minute replacement for Clare’s no-show duet partner for her first solo set at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. They immediately discovered they had wonderful chemistry both onstage and off. Brandon proposed to Clare at the Ryman Auditorium during the couple’s Grand Ole Opry set in 2015. They were married by John Carter Cash at the Cash Cabin in 2017.