"She is a sensation!" — Ron MacLean, Hockey Night in Canada
One of three finalists in SiriusXM's nation-wide "Top of the Country" contest, and current CMA Ontario "Rising Star" nominee, Kelsi Mayne is living proof of how talent paired with hard work, pays off.
As an independent artist, Kelsi has booked and played the main stages at some of Canada's most celebrated music festivals, from Havelock Jamboree, to Boots & Hearts, to the Big Valley Jamboree. And 2019 saw her take to the big screen as the lead in Willa, a Stephen King adaptation, still making the rounds on the film-festival circuit.
The singer-songwriter also self-produced and edited her latest music video for her debut album's title track “As I Go" and garnered attention across the globe. Clips of the "Mad Max" inspired video went viral, receiving 1.2 million TikTok views in 24 hours, making her the most popular Canadian country artist on the platform. [Click here to watch the entire three-minute video].
Kelsi’s previous single, "Takin' U Home,” has more than 460k Spotify spins, was the #1 independent download on DMDS, and captured the attention of national audiences on Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour, and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame ceremony on CTV. The song was also used to promote Humane Society adoption programs – a cause close Kelsi's heart.
Along with her devoted fanbase, known as the #MayneTrain, Kelsi has garnered tremendous support from industry mainstays such as FACTOR Canada, SOCAN Foundation, CCMA, Nashville Songwriters Association International, CMA Ontario, Ontario Musicians Cooperatve Inc. and the Ontario Arts Council. Soundcheck Entertainment reporter Hendrik Pape predicted, "it won’t be long until Kelsi Mayne becomes a household name across Canada."
Pre-pandemic, Kelsi divided her time between Toronto and Nashville. But a dual-city allegiance is nothing new to her. She grew up in Windsor, Ontario, just within earshot of Detroit. Both locales continue to inspire her blue-collar style, as evidenced in her debut album released March 27, 2020.
Once ranked third in Canada in varsity women's 60m hurdles, artist Kelsi Mayne (literally and figuratively) may be the fastest-rising independent country artist in Canada.