From small-town bar to the big stage, Alberta’s Mariya Stokes is making a name for herself in the industry and supporting her fellow female artists along the way. Growing up, Stokes spent a lot of time in her parent’s bar sneaking in on Friday afternoons to perform with the local bands. At the age of 18, she moved to Calgary to pursue music full time. Her country-soul tone resembles that of her idols Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, and The Chicks. A songwriter as well, Stokes processes her emotions into song. Always writing in her journal, her most recent single “Rebound” was based of the line “She’s the one that you get when the one that got away is already gone.” Stokes has also written for CCMA nominees Leaving Thomas and Celia Palli.
Wanting to create an inclusive space for her community, Stokes performed at a Queer Event at the Palace Theater along with Nice Horse and Ru-Paul Drag Race’s Trixie Mattel. She’s also an artist in residence for the Women’s Center of Calgary. There she hosts writing workshops for women. She also worked with the Calgary Drop-In and Rehab Center called “Shelter from The Storm,” writing original songs, poems, and stories that captured the essence of the community. An album was released as a result in 2015 which featured her song “Lucky.” Stokes has also been involved in creating coat drives for the center.
In time for the holiday season, Stokes plans to re-release “Christmas, Arizona” to Canadian Country radio. In 2021, she will be releasing follow up singles to “Rebound” and an EP once touring resumes. You can find Mariya’s music on all digital platforms and on our website here.
Author: Nicole Marchesi