Canada has some of the top artists in the world in the music industry and women are at the spearhead of both pop and R&B music in the country. You may be wondering who are the best Canadian female singers in 2020? Well, read on to learn the answer. This list guide features our Top 15 Best Female Canadian Artists (of Pop/R&B singers) in 2020. These are amongst some of the best female musicians in Canada today.
Check out our most prominent picks for Top 15 Best Female Artists (Pop/R&B singers) in 2020.
1. Jessie Reyez
Back In 2014, she and musician King Louie released a joint album titled “Living in the Sky.” In late 2016, she released the singles album titled “Shutter Island” and “Figures.”
On April of 2017, Reyez released her debut song EP, Kiddo.
She received a total of two 2017 iHeartRadio Much Music Video Awards proposals for the Best New Canadian Artist and the Fan Fave Video for the famous “Shutter Island.”
She also won the Juno Award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the Juno Awards held in 2018. Later the same year (2018), she earned a SOCAN Songwriting Prize nomination for the song titled “Cotton Candy.”
In August of 2018, she co-operated with rapper Eminem on the “Nice Guy” and also “Good Guy,” from the music album Kamikaze and then released her second EP Being Human in Public (in 2018).
“I was very small when I started making music,” Musician Reyez says. “I think the very first song might have been when I was like, in class one, maybe? It was so really ironic, cause it was a child talking about taking time with growing up.” – Musician Jessie Reyez interview with Billboard Magazine.
2. Alessia Cara
Alessia Cara is a Canadian based singer, songwriter, and an instrumentalist. After performing acoustic covers, she contracted with EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings in mid-2014 and then released her debut single the following year(2015).
“Here” reached a number 19 on the Canadian Hot 100 music chart and was a sleeper music hit in the United States alone, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Cara’s debut studio music album, Know-It-All, reached position 8 on the Canadian Albums Chart and pos 9 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. The music album’s third single, named “Scars to Your Beautiful,” reached a good number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the year 2016.
In late 2017, Cara collaborated with singer DJ and producer Zedd to produce the single song “Stay,” and with rapper Logic to star in his song “1-800-273-8255”. Cara has earned nominations for four Grammy Awards, including a big win for Best New Artist in the year 2018.
Cara’s second music studio album, The Pains of Growing, was published on November 30 of 2018. Two singles were published to promote the album: that is “Growing Pains” and “Trust My Lonely.” Cara additionally collaborated with musician Alec Benjamin in the “Let Me Down Slowly,” which was officially released on January 7, 2019.
“With ‘Growing Pains,’ I understood like it’s not just about writing lyrics for an album anymore, I am recording because I have to. It turned into the music album, which I think is a way more reliable way to create a piece of work when it just appears. Each song that I wrote on this thing, I wrote because I thought like I needed to.” – Singer Alessia Cara interview with Rolling Stone.
3. Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne is a Canadian-French born singer, and also a songwriter. By the age of just16, she had signed a two-album recording agreement with Arista Records worth more than $2 million US. Lavigne’s big breakthrough single, named “Complicated,” reached number one in various countries worldwide and led to singer Lavigne becoming the youngest female music soloist to have a number-one song album in the United Kingdom.
Her second studio music album, Under My Skin (in 2004), became Lavigne’s first record of reaching the top of the Billboard top 200 charts in the United States. The Best Damn Thing (in 2007), Lavigne’s third studio record, reached number one in a total of seven countries worldwide and saw the international victory of it’s lead single named “Girlfriend”, which became her very first single to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States alone.
Her fourth and fifth workshop albums, Goodbye Lullaby (in 2011) and Avril Lavigne (in 2013), were both accredited gold in Canada, & the United States.
On September 19 of 2018, Lavigne officially released the “Head Above Water” as the lead music single from her upcoming sixth studio album from the same name.
After learning that she had been diagnosed with Lyme Disease , singer Avril Lavigne spoke with the Billboard saying “I was able to compose songs from my bed, and ‘Head Above Water’ is a tune that I wrote a night that I felt like I was really dying and had kind of adopted it,” Singer Lavigne tells Billboard. “Definitely wasn’t intending on writing at that moment, but…I went through something so huge and so emotional.”
4. Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen is a Canadian based singer and a songwriter. Jepsen’s big breakthrough came in early 2012 when her single song“Call Me Maybe” was promoted to the significant mainstream following; the song became the top best-selling single of that year(2012), reaching number one in over eighteen countries worldwide.
Jepsen’s second music studio album Kiss was officially released later that year(2012). The record marked a larger shift into mainstream pop music and saw moderate commercial success, reaching the top ten in Canada and also in the United States.
In 2015, musician Jepsen released her third studio song album Emotion which saw huge progress with its lead single named “I Really Like You.”
“Party for One,” the head single from Jepsen’s upcoming fourth studio album, was officially released on November 1, 2018.
Jepsen has since received multiple accolades, including an Allan Slaight Award, three Juno Awards, and a Billboard Music Award. In addition to several nominations for MTV Video Music Awards, Grammy Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, Polaris Music Prize and also in the People’s Choice Awards.
5. Ruth B
Ruth B is a Canadian based singer and songwriter from Edmonton, Alberta. B began by singing songs on Vine in early the year 2013. In November of 2015, she released her première EP, The Intro. On May 5 of 2017, she released her very first album, named Safe Haven. Her single named “Lost Boy” has accumulated more than 300 million streams on Spotify alone.
At the 2017 Juno music Awards Ruth B was drafted for the Juno Fan Choice Award, Songwriter of the Year and also won Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Ruth later performed her single named “Lost Boy.”
The following year at the 2018 Juno Music Awards she was also nominated for three awards including Pop Album of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year.
“… in terms of my song, it’s to make sure that I’m constantly saying things I believe in and writing songs that matter. I nevermore want to put something out simply to put something out. I want to believe in everything and probably make someone’s day a little more colorful or make them feel less alone.” – Ruth B, in an interview with CBC.
6. Allie X
Allie X is a Canadian born singer and songwriter. She began her career as an indie pop artist in Toronto, Canada in the mid-2000s, playing with the local bands and writing and filming a handful of self-released albums.
Her first single music “Catch” charted on the Canadian Hot 100, topping at number 55. The song earned praise from Time Magazine, as well as associate singer-songwriter Katy Perry, who described it her as “spring jam.” Alliex X delivered her debut EP, CollXtion I, in 2015 later on her première studio album, named CollXtion II, was released on 9 June 2017.
On 1 June of 2018, Hughes published “Focus” as the first single from her then-untitled second studio music album then followed by the release of the second single named “Not so Bad in LA” on 13 July.
Allie X further released her EP, Super Sunset, besides with a four-date promotional tour named “The Super Sunset Xperience.” “I am conceptual with my musical work, maybe to a fault,” reveals the pop singer, “I just like to build worlds with every body of work. I love to take the listener on a journey.” – Singer Allie X in an interview with Billboard
7. Charlotte Cardin
Charlotte Cardin is a Canadian electro, pop, and jazz singer-songwriter from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She released her single debut EP, Big Boy, in late 2016 on Cult Nation Records.
The EP highlighted songs in both English and French languages. She was a shortlisted SOCAN Songwriting Prize finalist in the popular French division for her song named “Les échardes,” and the title track called “Big Boy” was playlisted on CBC Radio 2 and topped on the Radio 2 Top 20.
For the year 2017 SOCAN Songwriting Prize, Cardin was a nominee in the English division for “Big Boy” and in the French category for music “Faufile,” becoming the very first artist in the history of the award to be chosen in both categories in the same year.
In late 2017 she released her second EP, named Main Girl. The title track reached Number 1 on the Radio 2 Top 20. She earned two Juno Award nominations at the Juno music Awards of 2018, for Breakthrough Artist of the Year and also Songwriter of the Year for her “Main Girl,” “Paradise Motion” and the “The Kids.”
In 2018, the Canadian female musician received another SOCAN Songwriting award nomination for her “Main Girl.”
“… when we perform the French songs in the U.S. or English parts of Canada, fans have been really enjoying them.” she states, “I’ll just write my own shot on the little glimpse into someone else’s story that I just saw.” – Charlotte Cardin in an interview with Now Toronto.
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.
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.
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.