If Kacey Musgraves and Meghan Trainor had a country-soul love-child, the result would be Calgary, Canada-based country artist Mariya Stokes. Country Music Alberta's 2019 Female Artist of the Year introduced herself to the Canadian music scene with two singles in 2019. Her debut single, "Hands on My Body," currently has over 140,000 streams on Spotify and was shortly followed by "Christmas, Arizona," which landed on the Top 100 on the Canadian Holiday Chart. Her current single at Canadian Country Radio, "Rebound," was released in October 2020 was featured as the "Next Big Thing" on the Casey Clarke Country Countdown and can be heard on Spotify and Apple Music curated playlists. Stokes will be releasing more music in early 2021.
Growing up in the small town of 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. She has been pursuing music ever since, with a heavy focus on songwriting. Multiple artists have recorded songs co-written with Stokes, including CCMA nominees Leaving Thomas ("Like I Used To", May 2019) and alt-pop singer Celia Palli ("Paralyzed" and "Glitter," January 2019).
A seasoned performer, Stokes has opened for acts including Doc Walker, Jann Arden, Ru-Pauls Drag Race superstar Trixie Mattel, and Jade Eagleson and was one of three artists selected to work with 19-time CCMA winner Terri Clark at the National Music Centre during their RBC Master in Residence program in 2019. She was the 2019 runner-up in Project WILD; a country-focused artist development program run by WILD 95.3 FM (Calgary) and Alberta Music.
Stokes cares deeply about her community and is an Artist in Residence for the Women's Centre of Calgary in 2020. In support of the Women's Centre, she produced and hosted two Live Band Karaoke fundraisers. She also worked on a project with the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Centre called "Shelter From the Storm", writing original songs, poems, and stories that captured the community's essence with clients of the organization. They released their first album, also entitled "Shelter From the Storm", in 2015 and released their second in 2016, entitled "Verses Vs. Homelessness", which features her song "Lucky". She has also independently created and executed two coat drives for the Drop-In Centre.