We have determined the current queens of Canadian country from CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Female Artist of the Year nominations for the past two years (2014 and 2015). Based on a good word from one of their hit songs or albums and their style, we have created a title for each queen. Let’s get to know the Six Reigning Queens of Canadian Country! The music videos we have embedded below will give you a taste of each artist, though each queen is versatile in the songs she makes.
Terri Clark: The Queen of Life
Terri was born in Montreal but grew up in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She has released ten albums since 1995 and has scored hits in the United States, not just on their country charts but the top 40 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100! Here at home, Terri’s debut, self-titled album has achieved triple platinum certification for sales exceeding 300,000 copies. Many of her other works have seen gold/platinum certification as well. Terri Clark has won three JUNO awards to date.
Kira Isabella: The Queen of Love
Newer at it, Kira Isabella is from Ottawa and has released two albums so far. She won the CCMA Female Artist of the Year in 2013. Kira has scored Top 10 hits at Billboard Country Airplay and four entries on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. She has been nominated at the JUNOs twice thus far and has toured with Carrie Underwood.
Beverley Mahood: The Queen of Hope
An import from Northern Ireland, Beverley Mahood was raised in London, Ontario. Besides a music career, she is also a well-known television personality. Bev has released half a dozen albums since 1998 which have spawned a host of hits on country radio. She is the recipient of two JUNO nominations.
Jess Moskaluke: The Queen of Light
Langenburg, Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke has won the CCMA Female Artist of the year the past two years (2014 and 2015). She is the first Canadian female to score a gold single since Shania Twain. Two EPs and one LP have appeared, and her feature in Paul Brandt’s “I’m an Open Road” helped the song make the Billboard Canadian Hot 100. She has a pair of JUNO nominations to her name.
Lindi Ortega: The Queen of Grace
Specializing more on the roots and traditional side of country is acclaimed Torontonian Lindi Ortega. Six albums have hit the market since 2001 plus a few EPs. Lindi was featured in Billboard Country Airplay #1 hit “Bounty” by Dean Brody. She has won two years in a row for CCMA Roots Artist of the Year and has received two JUNO nominations.
MacKenzie Porter: The Queen of Fun
A successful actress and talented musician, Medicine Hat, Alberta’s JUNO nominated MacKenzie Porter is also the sister of Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter. She is a Billboard Canadian Hot 100 charting artist. MacKenzie plays violin … oops … fiddle and has studied piano. Her debut, eponymous album came out in 2014.