She's 28, an Australian and is nominated for a Grammy. So who is Courtney Barnett?

It’s been a big year for Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist Courtney Barnett.

After releasing her debut album Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit in March, it was announced in December that Barnett has been nominated in the Best New Artist category at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

The surprise nomination — which sees Barnett alongside Meghan Trainor, Sam Hunt, Tori Kelly and James Bay — capped off a huge year for the 28-year-old Melbourne artist, who is one of the few Australian artists nominated for today’s awards.

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Where have I heard her before?

Although Barnett’s critically acclaimed debut album was only released in 2015, she has been a presence on the music scene for much longer. She released her first EP I’ve Got A Friend Called Emily Ferris in 2012, followed by How To Carve A Carrot Into A Rose in 2013. Watch Barnett’s video for Pedestrian at Best here. Post continues below.

Video via Milk! Records
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She runs her own label.

Barnett founded Milk! Records in 2012, an independent label which allows you to buy directly from the artist. In addition to Barnett, the label is also home to Jen Cloher, The Finks and The Saturday Knights.

What songs does she sing?

After releasing the critically acclaimed Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit in March, Barnett quickly rose to the number one spot on Billboard’s Alternative, Folk and Rock charts, garnering her young artist self a global following. The album includes tracks such as Pedestrian at Best and Depreston. Watch Barnett performing ‘Depreston’ in The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon music room. Post continues below.

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What’s her vibe?

Courtney Barnett’s laid back and lackadaisical drawl has drawn comparisons with Bob Dylan, with her poetic lyrics hitting deep at the beauty of the mundane. Sure, her songs range from odes to dull inner-Melbourne suburbs (Depreston) to personal anxieties (Pedestrian At Best); but that’s all part of her charm — using dry humor and heartbreaking honesty to celebrate the boring, the normal, and the human in all of us. Rolling Stone describes her music as, “Melancholy and the infinite slackness – loose, easygoing alt-rock with the sense of gentle self-awareness that many first-gen alt-rockers lacked.”  

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Where am I going to see her next?

As a Melbourne girl born and raised, Courtney can often be found playing gigs at her locals — but for the next few months, she’s on the road. Her tour will travel around Australia first before she heads overseas to Minneapolis and Chicago for a few shows.

You can see all her tour dates here.

Why do we love her?

By accounts of all those who have interviewed Barnett, she’s shy, down-to-earth, creative who simply revels in her craft. Free from pretence and the usual chintz of music megastardom, Courts can still be found wandering around the backstreets of Melbourne in a t-shirt, jeans, and pair of scuffed Chucks.

Also, she’s a total genius. Her lyrics are swift and cutting (“I think you’re a joke, but I don’t find you very funny”), but contemplated in such a way that it feels like modern beatnik poetry. Don’t be fooled by her drawling delivery — listen carefully, and you will fall in love with her clever and crazy mind.


Where can we find out more?

Join the already overflowing Courtney Barnett fan club by visiting her super-cute website http://courtneybarnett.com.au/ which features an interactive zine (drawn by Courts herself!), all of her lyrics, and links to purchase her music on vinyl. *Sigh* Courtney Barnett, you’re just TOO DAMN COOL.

So hurry up and make yourself up-to-date with the legend that is Courtney Barnett. She’s the one to watch.