Born in B.C. and raised in Oakville, ON, Vanessa has been singing since she was eight years old. She got her start in musical theatre, however it was singing on stage in front of large crowds that she really loved. Vanessa’s musical influences and her lifelong love of country music come in part from family; her uncles and cousins are established musicians.
Vanessa graduated from Wilfred Laurier University in 2011 and promptly signed a recording contract as a country artist with an independent record label in 2012. Highlights of her progressively rewarding live performances in the last three years include opening for Kira Isabella in 2014, Brett Kissel in August 2015 and The Band Perry at Lucknow’s Music in the Fields in August 2015, where she won the Sepoy Saloon Showdown Contest. Vanessa then got into the studio and finished her first EP in the summer of 2015, which is available for sale now on iTunes, Spotify etc.
In August of 2016, and from a field of over 270 applicants, Vanessa won the coveted Emerging Artist Competition at the prestigious Canadian Boots and Hearts Festival, initially by winning the fan voting portion with over 47,200 fan votes and then winning the live singing competition at the festival, besting 6 other artists. After they announced her as the 2016 Emerging Artist winner, she opened for Chase Rice in front of over 40,000 people. Since the festival in August 2016, Vanessa received a prize package worth in excess of $50,000, culminating in the signing of a recording contract with Universal Music. They will support her as she ramps up her visibility in country music, culminating with a record launch to radio in early 2017.
Vanessa spends a lot of time in Nashville, TN, where she has developed a large network of industry professionals and writers. There is no question that Vanessa’s star in on the rise. She excels at writing compelling songs and is literally at home in front of the largest crowds in country music. Stay tuned, as her accomplishments continue at a rapid pace.