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Country Artist & Songwriter

Pronounced Mah-Rye-Ah

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"I first heard Mariya in a country bar in Calgary, Alberta. She captivated the room with just an acoustic guitar and her voice and "Hands On My Body" sounded like a hit, even in that simple setting.” 

Carly Klassen
Executive Director, Alberta Music

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ABOUT MARIYA

From hosting the Country Music Alberta Award Show in 2021 alongside the legendary George Canyon to playing guitar and opening for Ru-Pauls Drag Race superstar Trixie Mattel, Mariya Stokes always appears where you'd least expect her.

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Known for her quick wit, quirky sense of humour, and signature retro style, Country Music Alberta's two-time Horizon Female Artist of the Year (2019 & 2020) is currently recording her debut album with Juno Award-winning producers and frequent collaborators Spencer Cheyne and Justin Kudding. 

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Growing up in Stavely, Alberta, an hour south of Calgary, Stokes spent time in her parents' small-town bar, and at eight years old, was sneaking in on Friday afternoons to sing with the local jam band. Now a seasoned performer, she has opened for Doc Walker, Jade Eagleson, and Jann Arden and was one of three artists selected to work with 19-time CCMA winner Terri Clark at National Music Centre's RBC Master in Residence program in 2019. In addition, Stokes' was the 2019 runner-up in Project WILD, a country-focused artist development program run by WILD 95.3 FM (Calgary) and Alberta Music.

Her small-town, community-minded values have followed her to the big city: Stokes was a 2020 Artist in Residence at the Women's Centre of Calgary. A past volunteer at the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre, she worked on two charity records and independently organized numerous coat drives for the organization. In addition, she is a member of the 2022 CCMA Host Committee, taking part in planning the Canadian Country Music Association's upcoming awards week in Calgary in September.

 

Focusing heavily on songwriting, Stokes has had songs recorded by artists in multiple genres, including CCMA nominees Leaving Thomas, alt-pop singer Celia Palli, country-rocker Devin Cooper, and pop singer Hayden McHugh.

With confident, expressive vocals and gritty steel guitar, Stokes' current single, "Break My Heart," is a laid-back, pop-country feminist anthem and was nominated for "Horizon Single of the Year" at the 2021 Country Music Alberta (CMAB) Awards. Dripping with attitude, "Break My Heart" solidifies her commitment to empowering women and telling their stories.

A three-time CMAB "Songwriter of the Year" nominee, Stokes' 2019 feel-good debut,"Hands on My Body," pushed country music boundaries with an R&B feel and sex-positive lyrics. Her second single, "Christmas, Arizona," landed in the Top 100 on the BDS Canadian Holiday Chart and was followed by a vulnerable, heart-wrenching ballad: "Rebound."  Released in October 2020, “Rebound” was featured across Canada as the "Next Big Thing" on the Casey Clarke Country Countdown and has over 200,000 streams on Spotify.

  

 

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"I'm a songwriter first. My songs are rooted in country storytelling, but I'm not afraid to bend outside the genre if it feels right. My sound changes drastically with each release because I'm constantly evolving, and I like to surprise my fans and keep them excited for what could be coming next. We're hitting the road again in 2022 - I can't wait to see everyone and share my upcoming record with you." - Mariya Stokes

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TOTAL STREAMS - 530,000 +
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MUSIC VIDEOS
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RADIO

  • #1 Most Active Indie at Canadian Radio (Yangaroo/DMDS) in August 2019

  • Added to Stingray’s Pop Adult Streaming Channel

DIGITAL

  • Added to 2,400 + independent playlists on Spotify

  • Over 190,000 streams across platforms

  • Spotify Editorial Playlists: "New Music Nashville" and "Down Home Country"

  • #8 on iTunes Canadian Country Chart (TopCountry.ca)

PRESS

VIDEO
MUSIC VIDEOS

"HANDS ON MY BODY"

OFFICIAL VIDEO - DIRECTED BY MARIYA STOKES

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MUSIC
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RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS

RADIO

  • #2 Most Downloaded Country Single at Canadian Radio (DMDS/Yangaroo) - April 2021

  • #9 Most Active Indie at Canadian Radio (DMDS/Yangaroo) - April 2021 

  • Added to CBC Country and SiriusXM Country

DIGITAL

  • 60,000 + streams across platforms

  • Added to 300 + independent Spotify playlists

Spotify Editorial Playlists

 - Live Country

Fresh Finds Country

- RADAR Canada

Women of Country

Amazon Music Editorial Playlists

- Breakthrough Country: Cover Feature

- Fresh Country

Brand New Music

PRESS

“The new single from Canadian country-soul queen Mariya Stokes, might just set your speakers on fire." - Country Queer

"Mariya Stokes drips with confidence on new release."

- Country At The Heart

RADIO

  • #9 Most Active Indie at Canadian Radio (DMDS/Yangaroo) in October 2020

  • Featured as "The Next Big Thing" on the Casey Clarke Country Countdown (October 2020)

DIGITAL

  • 240,000 + streams across platforms

  • Added to 900 + independent Spotify playlists

Spotify Editorial Playlists

- Live Country

- Take it Slow

Amazon Music Editorial Playlists

​-  Breakthrough Country

- Certified Country

Apple Music Editorial Playlists:

- New in Country

PRESS

 "Touches the listener from the very first strum of the guitar quickly followed by captivating them with the very first lyric."

- Canadian Beats

"There are some songs that are more than just songs…they’re art. And that’s the case with rising artist Mariya Stokes’ newest release." - Raised On It

RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS

RADIO

  • Reached #63 on Canadian Holiday Chart (DMDS/Yangaroo) - 2019

  • Added to CBC Country and SiriusXM Country 

  • #5 Most Active Indie at Canadian Radio the week of release (Yangaroo/DMDS)

  • Homegrown Country Music Alberta Spotlight song on CFCW - Edmonton (2020)

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PRESS

"Canadian Beats All Nice List: Christmas Music"

- Canadian Beats

Global News Calgary

CTV Morning Live Regina

CTV Morning Live Saskatoon

RADIO

  • #1 Most Active Indie at Canadian Radio (Yangaroo/DMDS) in August 2019

  • Added to Stingray’s Pop Adult Streaming Channel

DIGITAL

  • #8 on iTunes Canadian Country Chart (TopCountry.ca)

  • 190,000 + streams across platforms

  • Added to 2,400 + independent Spotify playlist

Spotify Editorial Playlists

New Music Nashville

-Down Home Country

PRESS

"Beautiful indie-pop record that bridges the worlds of pop/soul and country music." - Aipate

"Sugar-sweet temptation, wrapped in a little bit of slow funk." - ChillFILTR

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
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2022

*Blue Jay Sessions, The Prairie Emporium - Calgary, AB

*Ferrari of Alberta Showroom - Calgary, AB

      Direct Support for Dan Davidson

*Banded Peak Brewing - Calgary, AB

2021 / 2020

*Canadian Finals Rodeo - Red Deer, AB

*CES Virtual Shows - London, UK

Commodore Grill - Nashville, USA

*Country Music Alberta Holiday Showcase - Lacombe, AB

Blue Jay Sessions: Cross Country - Hamilton, ON

*Nashville North, Calgary Stampede - Calgary, AB

Elk Valley Pride Festival - Fernie, BC

WILDFest 3 - Virtual

      Direct Support for Lindsay Ell

QUSIC Concert Series - Kelowna, BC 

*Prairie Grid Market After Dark - Saskatoon, SK  

*Rise Up Concert Series - Calgary, AB 

      Direct Support for Jade Eagleson with Devin Cooper

*Southern Alberta Music Festival - Mossleigh, AB

Dog Rump Creek Music Festival - Stony Plain, AB

      Direct Support for Doc Walker​

2019/2018

*Hearth Restaurant - Saskatoon, SK 

Grey Cup Festival - Calgary, AB

      Direct Support for Jocelyn Alice

Country Thunder Alberta - Calgary, AB 

The Palace Theatre - Calgary, AB

      Direct Support for Trixie Mattel & Nice Horse

*National Music Centre - Calgary, AB

      Terri Clark Master in Residence Songwriter Round

*Surf’s Up Cafe: Mi Futuro Fundraiser - Mazatlan, Mexico

Rogers Hometown Hockey - Lethbridge, AB 

The Palace Theatre - Calgary, AB

      Direct Support for Jann Arden

Calgary Stampede Coca-Cola Stage - Calgary, AB

*Kwanlin Dunn Cultural Centre - Whitehorse, YK

 
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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
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2 x Winner - Horizon Female Artist of the Year (2019 & 2020)

1 x Nominee - Horizon Female Artist of the Year (2021)

1 x Nominee - Horizon Single of the Year (2021)

3 x Nominee - Songwriter of the Year (2019 - 2021)

1 x Nominee - Interactive Artist of the Year (2020)

1 x Nominee - Music Video of the Year (2019)

COUNTRY MUSIC ALBERTA
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2nd Place (2019)

Top 12 (2018)

Presented by Alberta Music, WILD 95.3 (Calgary), and Jim Pattison Group

PROJECT WILD
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INDUSTRY HIGHLIGHTS

 

2022 / 2021

Country Music Alberta Award Show - Red Deer, AB (2022)

       Performer

Breakout West: "Back To Live" Showcase - Calgary, AB (2021)

       Performer

Canadian Country Music Week: Sakamoto Agency Showcase - Hamilton, ON (2021)

      Performer

Country Music Alberta Award Show - Edmonton, AB  (2021)

      Co-hosted with George Canyon 

 

2020 /2019

Country Music Alberta Award Show - Red Deer, AB (2020)

      Performer

Country Music Alberta: Spotlight Series - Virtual (2020)

     Performer

Breakout West: Featured Artist - Virtual (2020)

SOCAN Song Camp - Virtual (2020)

Alberta Music: Alberta Spotlight Series - Virtual (2020)

     Performer

Breakout West: SOCAN Song House - Whitehorse, YK (2019)

      Songwriting Masterclass with Grammy award winning songwriter and        producer Stephen "Koz" Kozmeniuk

Alberta Music & Breakout West: Alberta Focus International Showcase - Calgary, AB (2019)

     Performer

National Music Centre: RBC Master in Residence Program with Terri ClarkCalgary, AB (2019)

 

2018 / 2017

CMAB at CCMA Showcase - Hamilton, ON (2018)

     Performer

2017 Canada's Music Incubator Artist Entrepreneur Program - Toronto, ON (2017)

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SOCAN Song House - October 2019 

 

PRESS

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“Mariya’s volcanic arrival on the pop-country scene made an impression.”

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“A masterclass in a restrained vocal performance, "Rebound" by Mariya Stokes has us feeling all the feels. All of them.”

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"With a degree in life and music, Calgary country artist Mariya Stokes is in it for the slow burn."

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“Break My Heart, the new single from Canadian country-soul queen Mariya Stokes, might just set your speakers on fire."

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“After seeing Mariya Stokes’ “Hands On My Body” appear on the Top Country Sales Chart, I was immediately hooked. The song is catchy, fun and full of good vibes.”

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“Rebound demonstrates the incredible versatility Mariya possesses as an artist.”

 
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VOLUNTEER WORK

Canadian Country Music Week - Host Committee (2022)

Women’s Centre of Calgary - Artist in Residence (2020)

Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre (2015 - 2018)

  • Collaborated on two records with clients of the DI: "Shelter From The Storm" and "Verses vs. Homelessness"

2019 - 2022 volunteer performances supported:

  • Skipping Stone Foundation

  • Nanton Community Food Bank

  • Community Kitchen Calgary

  • Melodic Caring Project

  • Ovarian Cancer Canada

  • Alzheimer Society of Canada

  • Paul Brandt’s "Not In My City"

Live Band Karaoke in Support of the Women's Centre of Calgary

Recap Video

 

TESTIMONIALS

"Mariya Stokes is an excellent musician.  She thinks creatively and uniquely as an artist; her work ethic is exemplary - she is prepared and dependable; she has a passion for performing and continually learning about music and I respect her extraordinary talents."

"She is an incredibly talented songwriter and has a very unique, quirky, and super catchy style. On top of all of this, she is also a fantastic singer. Mariya is also driven, an extremely hard worker, and has a great attitude."

“Mariya Stokes is not only an incredibly talented musician but also fantastic to work with. She is professional and willing to go above and beyond expectations.”

CONTACT

Management & Booking

Natasha Mandrusiak, Stampede Entertainment

booking@mariyastokes.com

Publicity & Media Inquiries

Jess Seguire, Alley Cat PR

jess@alleycatpr.com

Radio Promotion

Tera Lee Flaman, GPS Promotion

gps@sakamotoagency.com

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