Known for her quick wit and signature retro style, Country Music Alberta's (CMAB) two-time Horizon Female Artist of the Year (2019 & 2020), Calgary, Alberta-based country artist Mariya Stokes, has released five singles to date and is currently recording her debut, full-length album with Juno Award-winning producers Spencer Cheyne and Justin Kudding, which will release in late 2023. With Stokes' previous releases reaching over 600,000 streams across platforms, her current single, "Break My Heart," was nominated for "Horizon Single of the Year" at the 2021 CMAB Awards.
Partnering with Travel Alberta and representing her home province on an international stage, Stokes showcased at the United States Tour Operators Association's annual conference in Austin, TX in November 2023. In addition, she was selected to perform at the 2022 Canadian Country Music Association's (CCMA) Songwriter Showcase and has opened for artists including Ru-Paul's Drag Race superstar Trixie Mattel, Doc Walker, and Jann Arden. Stokes also co-hosted the 2020 CMAB Award Show alongside CCMA Award Winner George Canyon.
Giving back to the communities that raised her is important to Stokes: as an artist representative on the CCMA 2022 Host Committee, Stokes co-chaired the Legacy and Community Engagement committee and was part of the team that planned, executed, and highlighted the CCMA's and Calgary during Canadian Country Music Week. She was also a 2020 Artist in Residence at the Women's Centre of Calgary.