15 Best Female Canadian Artists of 2020 (Pop/RnB Singers)

Best Female Canadian Artists

8. Shay Lia

Shay Lia is a Djiboutian-French born singer-songwriter based in Montreal, Canada. She initially gained attention as a singer-songwriter on her critically acclaimed single named “Leave Me Alone,” found on the Kaytranada’s first music album, 99.9% (XL Recordings) back in the year 2016.

In 2017, with the announcement of “Blue,” she was skyrocketed into the limelight with the support from Dazed, BBC Radio, Fader, & BET France.

“It’s really difficult to describe my own sound. As a songwriter, the melodies are unmistakably R&B; and soul-inspired. Presently, I can work on a beat that would be more urban pop music, like the song I just released, “The Cycle,” which is produced by Sango. The beat is distinct from the other stuff I did before, the slow stuff or even the single album with Kaytranada.” – Shay Lia in an interview with Okay Africa.

9. Lights

Lights is a Canadian based singer & songwriter. She is best known for her gold-certified music albums The Listening and Siberia as well as the singles “Second Go,” “Toes,” “Drive My Soul,” “February Air,” “Ice,” and “Up We Go.”

Lights were granted the 2009 Juno Award for New Artist of the Year and also two 2009 Astral Media Radio awards through Canadian Music Week.

In February of 2012, her album named Siberia was nominated for a Juno Award in the “Pop Album of the Year” Category and on March of 2015, her album Little Machines obtained the Juno Award for the “Pop Album of the Year.”

She published her fourth studio album named Skin & Earth, in mid-2017 and on March of 2018, her album won the Juno music award for “Pop Album of the Year.”

In November of 2018, Lights collaborated with musician Deadmau5 on his track called “Drama Free,” which was officially released on his Mau5ville: Level 2 EP on November of 16.

“It’s really fun to be on that path of discovery as objected to doing the same old thing, and it’s a complete learning curve,” she laughs. “You want to pull your hair out at times, but it’s gonna be unbelievable!” Lights in an interview with Billboard.

10. Ria Mae

Ria Mae, is a Canadian singer and also a songwriter from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her first music release, the EP Between the Bad, was officially released in 2009. Two years later, Mae was elected as a finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest.

In 2011, Ria self-released her debut music album Under Your Skin, which was recorded with Mir members Asif and Shehab Illyas at The Shire Studios at Halifax. Under Your Skin gained an East Coast Music Award in the year 2012. In March of 2012, the song “Under Your Skin” was picked as a finalist in the Radio Star National Talent Search at the Canadian Music Week.

In 2013 Ria was nominated for another different ECMA for Song of the Year for her song named “Leaving Today” and was also nominated for Songwriter of the Year at the 2015 East Coast Music Awards.

The single called “Clothes Off” was officially released in 2015, being her very first release with Sony Music Canada. The music track is produced by Juno Award-winning hip-hop producer Classified, who then Mae chose after hearing his great work with Chad Hatcher and David Myles.

“Clothes Off” was also nominated for the Juno Award for Single of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2016.

“… I think if I actually try and go outside myself and look in, I think what has gained me stand out as an artist whose voice and story is different is my gender and my shyness linked with my accessible pop songs and confidence.” says singer Mae, “I think seeing someone who is really boyish but sort of soft-spoken, and similarly unapologetic, singing songs that are on the radio — particularly about love and attraction — I don’t know… I simply know a lot of comments after releasing the song “Clothes Off” was how people did not presume me to look the way I look after hearing that song (she laughs).” – Ria Mae in an interview with After Ellen.

11. Kirsten Collins

Canadian-born, LA-based musician-songwriter Kirsten Collins was designated in 2017. “Call My Name,” out September the 28, follows the announcement of this series of singles with “Bad,” “Grown Men Cry,” “Rainbows,” and “Sugar Pop Cocaine.”

singer Kirsten most recently presented on the YouTube VidCon Stage in front of a crowd of over 3,500 while 23 million observers joined the live stream.

She is starred on the MC Mario single named “Anti-Gravity” and has released original lyrics of her own such as “Rainbows” from 2018.

“I have done music my whole life. Music was my way to be inspiring and an impact on people… I’ve additionally learned that as much as I respect the feedback, I can’t perpetually count on every opinion to dictate the way I feel about my songs. There are always going to be haters, and there are always going to be good lovers. I’ve had to learn to appreciate opinions but not always to take them to my heart.” – Kirsten Collins in an interview with Influencer News.

12. Nikki Yanofsky

Nikki Yanofsky is a jazz-pop vocalist from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She sang the CTV Olympic broadcast theme song called“I Believe,” which is additionally theme song of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Yanofsky further performed at the opening and closing celebrations for the Olympics and at the opening celebration of the 2010 Winter Paralympic Games.

In late 2010, Yanofsky recorded her very first studio album named Nikki, with Phil Ramone. Yanofsky’s next studio album, Little Secret, was published in Canada in May of 2014. The album was executive produced by Quincy Jones.

In early 2015 Yanofsky started collaborating with Wyclef Jean on her new music album and EP. Her Solid Gold EP was published in Canada on September 30 of 2016.

In August of 2018, Nikki Yanofsky began teasing on her Instagram for an upcoming music video. Singer Nikki Yanofsky has worked with Herbie Hancock, Will.i.am, Elton John and presently working with her favorite artist and her mentor Quincy Jones. “Big Mouth” was officially released on September 14, 2018.

13. Emmalyn Estrada

Emmalyn Estrada is a Canadian based singer, songwriter, actress and also a dancer of Filipino descent. Her initial single, “Get Down” entered to the Billboard‘s Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of August 29 of 2009 at position 88 and peaked at pos 59 for the week of October 31, 2009.

On July 13, 2016, Estrada published “#FreeTitties,” her very first solo record since departing G.R.L. On September 28, 2016, Estrada then released her follow up single named “Hungover,” which was accompanied by a music video that was released on October 4.

Eight months following the release of music “Hungover,” Estrada then released “Phone Off” on May 5 of 2017. “Bigger Than You,” her subsequent single, shortly followed and published on June 2, 2017. Estrada presented at Galore’s first ever Girl Cult Festival on August 20 of 2017 in Los Angeles.

14.Anne Murray

Morna Anne Murray (was born June 20, 1945), known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop music, country music, and adult contemporary song whose albums have sold more than 55 million copies worldwide during her 40-year long career.

Murray was the very first Canadian female solo singer to reach to number1 on the U.S. charts, and likewise, the first to earn a Gold record for one of her signature songs named “Snowbird” (in 1970). Murray is often cited as one of the top female Canadian artists who flagged the way for other international Canadian victory stories such as Céline Dion, k.d. lang, and Shania Twain.

15. Celine Dion

Born Céline Marie Claudette Dion is a Canadian singer. Born into a big family from Charlemagne, Quebec, Canada, she emerged as a teen actress in her homeland with a range of French-language albums during the 1980s. She initially gained international attention by winning both the 1982 Yamaha World Popular music Festival and the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest, where she then represented Switzerland. After learning to converse in English, she signed on to the Epic Records in the United States. In 1990, Dion published her debut English-language album, Unison, establishing herself as a viable pop music artist in North America and other English-speaking areas of the world.

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