Canadian singer Verna Charlton almost had her hands on country music's brass ring when an oversight sent her scrambling back to the starting line. During the spring of 1993, she was on her way up the charts with the single "Breakin' All Over Town." Radio stations in Canada began giving it favorable airplay, and music insiders predicted the release would top the charts before long. Unfortunately, Charlton's label never licensed the release for that country, requiring Charlton's promising single to be yanked from the airwaves. The song, which was written by Karen Staley and Pam Tillis, was subsequently acquired by MCA Records for another artist. The experience acted as a catalyst for Charlton, prompting her to establish a label of her own in 1994. Determined to control her previous recordings, she bought back the rights and released them in cassette form under the title My First Ten. The release includes Charlton's version of "Breakin' All Over Town." She has twice taken top place in the CKWX Nashville Songwriter's Competition. The experience led to her collaborations in Nashville with a number of successful songwriters. Among others, she has paired with Bobby Wood, who wrote "In Another's Eyes," and Richard Leigh, who penned "Somewhere in My Broken Heart" and "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue." While growing up in Dawson Creek, BC, Canada, Charlton sang in choirs and regional bands. She recorded for the first time in 1989 as a member of Mile Zero. Two years later the act was named Country Group of the Year at the CARAS West Coast Music Awards. Charlton left Mile Zero in 1992 and started to perform solo, inking a deal with Vancouver's Musicline Records. Later that year, the British Columbia Country Music Association nominated her in the category of Female Vocalist of the Year alongside Patricia Conroy and Lisa Brokop. A pair of her singles, "Between Your Heart and Mine" and "Still in Love With You," were well-received.
In 1997, Charlton relocated to Calgary, AB, Canada. Hey!Ride, her band, consists of the singer/songwriter on acoustic guitar and lead vocals, lead guitarist Andie Ferraz, bass guitarist Marty Peterson, and drummer Archie Maclean.