Mariya Stokes is an award-winning singer/songwriter with small-town, country roots. Her fiercely honest songs, bright voice and quick wit moves and engages audiences every time she performs.
At the age of 18, Mariya moved from her hometown of Stavely, Alberta to pursue her career Calgary. She cut her teeth as a performer at music events such as the Sled Island Festival, the Canadian Country Music Weekend in Fort Macleod and Cowboy Poetry Gatherings all over Alberta.
Stokes recently gained international recognition when she won two awards for her work, including "2016 International Modern Country Songwriter of the Year" from the North American Country Music Association. Prior to that she was the winner of the Ponoka Stampede Talent Search, a runner up in the Global Country Star Search, and a finalist in the Calgary Stampede Talent Search.
She released her self-titled EP in 2011 and has spend the past five years honing her craft as a songwriter and performer. Currently, she is recording her second EP which is due to be released in summer 2017. When she's not working on her own projects, she is also a vocal coach, working with Brian Farrell to mentor aspiring singers of all ages.
Stokes cares deeply about supporting her community and volunteers her time at the Calgary Drop In and Rehab Centre. She spends much of her time volunteering at the Centre, writing original songs that capture the essence of the community with clients of the centre. The organization released their first album entitled "Shelter From the Storm", in August 2015 and released their second album , "Verses Vs. Homelessness", in June 2016. Stokes track "Lucky" is featured on the album.
"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; she listens closely to music - to hear groove, style and the stories inside the song; and she collaborates as a performer and songwriter with other fine musicians.
Mariya is an associate vocal coach with me - I respect her innovative teaching approach with singers as well as her extraordinary talents as a singer/songwriter and musician." - Brian Farrell, Vocal Coach and Artistic Director of Revv52