b. Marie Diane Bottrell, 16 January 1961, London, Ontario, Canada. Inspired by the recordings she heard of Dolly Parton, she was singing with the family band at the age of 11. After recording her debut album for MBS, in 1978, she left school to pursue a solo singing career. She achieved Canadian chart successes, including ‘This Feeling Called Love’, which led the label to record a second album in 1980. She received nominations for several Canadian country music awards and had further chart success, including ‘The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan’. In 1981, she received singer and songwriter contracts from RCA Canada and gained nominations for various awards. In 1983, she recorded an album in Nashville and enjoyed Canadian chart hits with ‘Everybody Wants To Be Single’ and ‘Only The Names Have Been Changed’. She also caused something of an upset when she was voted favourite female singer at the first Canadian Country Music Fans Awards, beating the better-known Anne Murray and Carroll Baker. She toured with Lee Greenwood in 1984, and the following year, she had a Canadian chart hit with ‘Premeditated Love’. Her 1986 hit, ‘Girls Get Lonely Too’, seemed appropriate, since her singing career appeared to have stalled. Having been dropped from the RCA Records label, she turned more towards songwriting. However, in 1989, recording for Cardinal, she duetted on ‘Lover’s Game’ with Dan Paul Rogers. She sang on the soundtrack ofBorder Town Cafe and in 1991, she sang with Tracy Prescott and Anita Perras, as Treeo, and had solo Canadian chart success with ‘I Don’t Give Up So Easy’.
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