Catherine Britt was born and raised in Newcastle on Australia's eastern coast, where she fell under the spell of country music while still a young child. When she was 11 years old, Britt met singer Bill Chambers before one of his Australian concerts, asking him to sing Jimmie Rodgers' "T.B. Blues." Chambers was stunned that such a youngster would even know the song (or have heard of Rodgers), and ended up inviting her up to sing it with him during the show. Britt clearly was a phenomenal singing talent, and Chambers took her under his wing, producing her In the Pines EP, which was released in 1999.