While Nashville might be known for being the country capital of the world, Canada is home to plenty of talented country artists. Without further delay, here are our top ten picks for best Canadian Country Music Artists of 2017!
10. High Valley
Hailing from Blumenort, Alberta, High Valley consists of brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel. Dear Life is the fifth studio album released by the duo, and the title track, “Dear Life,” was released this past July as their current single. Keeping in tune with their traditional county sound and foot-stomping melodies, “Dear Life” has a sound that is upbeat and fun, yet the lyrics are reflective and relatable. The song reads as a letter to “Life,” and reflects on the good memories, while wishing time could slow down.
You can check out Dear Life on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/dear-life/id1164265598
9. Genevieve Fischer
At just 22 years old, Genevieve Fischer has already made quite the name for herself. Fischer is from London, Ontario, and has performed at London’s Trackside Music Festival, as well as Boots and Hearts. She has written songs with Jason Blaine and Dean Brody, and has opened for Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice, David Nail, Dean Brody and Great Big Sea. This year, she released “Take It on Home” to radio. The tune is fun, flirty and catchy.
Check out the sassy single on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/take-it-on-home-single/id1191951709
8. Tenille Arts
Tenille Arts grew up in Weyburn, Saskatchewan and after a couple trips to Nashville to pursue music more fully, she moved there and signed a publishing deal in 2015. Arts often comes back to Canada to play shows, and has played the Boots and Hearts Emerging Artists Showcase, as well as the CCMA Discovery Showcase. In late 2016, she released her debut EP, and just this past summer, she released the lyric video for “Wildfire and Whiskey.” The lyrics paint the perfect picture about summer love.
Get her EP on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/wildfire-and-whiskey/id1158484980?i=1158485261
7. Wes Mack
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Wes Mack originally started out as an actor on Smallville. In 2013, Mack entered the world of country music and independently released his debut single “Duet.” The song peaked at number 9 on the Country Billboard Charts, and was included on his debut album, Edge of the Storm, released in late 2015. Notably, Mack was the only opening act on Shania Twain’s “Rock This Country” farewell tour. He is currently in Nashville working on his second album.
Check out Wes Mack’s debut album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/edge-of-the-storm/id1025559561
6. MacKenzie Porter
MacKenzie Porter grew up near Medicine Hat, Alberta and spent much of her childhood performing with her brother, Kalan Porter, who won Canadian Idol in 2004. In 2014, MacKenzie released her debut album, Misfit Parade. She also released a single entitled “Rodeo” in 2015. “Rodeo” is incredibly fun, sassy and catchy. She is currently working on her next album in Nashville.
You can check out her debut album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/misfit-parade/id898745705?i=898745720
5. Lindsay Ell
Lindsay Ell was born in Calgary, Alberta and not only can she sing and write, but she can also shred on the guitar. On her musical resume, she has supported tours with Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Jennifer Nettles. Her 2016 pop-country single, “All Alright,” peaked at number 9 on the Canadian Country Billboard Charts, and just a few weeks ago, Lindsay Ell released her new album The Project.
Check out The Project on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/the-project/id1257925877
4. Madeline Merlo
At just 23 years old, Madeline Merlo from Maple Ridge, British Columbia has accomplished a lot. Merlo has played at Boots and Hearts, opened for Keith Urban, Dean Brody and Paul Brandt, and was nominated for Female Artist of the Year. She released her debut album, Free Soul, in 2016. The album features the highly emotional and inspiring “War Paint.” This year, she released a new single entitled “Motel Flamingo.”
You can check out “Motel Flamingo” on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/motel-flamingo-single/id1235205044
3. Brett Kissel
Hailing from Flat Lake, Alberta, Brett Kissel released his first album when he was just 12 years old. In total, he has released six albums, and his most recent album, Pick Me Up, reached number 7 on the Canadian Albums Chart. Off that album, he released “I Didn’t Fall in Love with Your Hair” for Cancer Awareness Month, and donated sales of the song between September 9 and October 28, 2016 to the Canadian Cancer Society. He dedicated the song to his mother, who is battling cancer herself. He released an acoustic version of “She’s Desire” this year.
Check out Brett Kissel’s latest release “She’s Desire” on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/shes-desire-acoustic-version-single/id1203026963
2. Dean Brody
From Smithers, British Columbia, Dean Brody’s discography includes six albums, 13 Canadian Country Music Awards and two Junos. In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday this summer, Brody performed on Parliament Hill for Canada Day and on the Canadian Pacific Rail 150 tour. His latest album, Beautiful Freakshow, has had much success, with the beautiful and emotional “Time” peaking at number 1 on the iTunes Country Music Chart. His latest single off the album released this summer is “Soggy Bottom Summer.”
Check out Dean Brody’s latest album on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/beautiful-freakshow/id1154580487
1. Shania Twain
After her incredibly successful “Rock This Country” farewell tour, Shania Twain, who is from Timmins, Ontario, made quite the comeback this summer with “Life’s About To Get Good.” The new song is genuine and honest, yet upbeat and optimistic. Now, her first full-length album since her fourth album, Up!, in 2002, is set to be released this September.
You can pre-order Now and listen to a few of the tracks on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/now/id1247551799