Some people choose their own destiny. Others have it chosen for them.
The latter is the case for small town Ontario girl, Riki Knox. Nobody forced her future, but many (perhaps unknowingly) helped direct it. With strong musical influences such as Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Patsy Cline, Merle Haggard and Blue Rodeo (to name a few) buoyantly ascending throughout her childhood home, Riki was naturally drawn to the life and love stories of country music.
Her father, a singer/songwriter, taught Riki to appreciate the lyrics and feelings being conveyed in every song. During nightly “kitchen table jams,” it became evident that Riki had vocal abilities and a musical soul, uncanny for a girl her age.
The young budding musician would only continue to blossom….
Although a shy child, Riki would sing whenever and wherever possible, mustering up the courage to entertain crowds whenever the opportunity arose.
Today, Riki still harbors that same love for the music. She has spent her life honing skills as a songwriter and performer, and her comfort and charisma on stage are sure signs that Riki has finally found “her place”.
The passion she conveys comes out in full force in both her lyrics and live performances. Equipped with “all the right things,” this hard-working, young woman has garnered incredible support and respect from both industry professionals and her devoted, ever-growing, fan base. She has shared the stage with Canadian music icons Marc Jordan, Carole Pope, Blair Packham, and Justin Hines, and will be opening for Canadian Country star Dallas Smith this summer.
Recognized for her original song entitled, “Someday”, Riki was commissioned to perform it along with the “Canadian National Anthem” at the prestigious “Tribute to Our Troops Benefit in 2012”. Hosted by CTV anchor, Ken Shaw, Riki received a standing ovation by Peter MacKay (Canadian Minister of National Defense) and Jim Flaherty (Canadian Minister of Finance), alongside many other prominent Canadians.
Recently nominated for three music awards in Durham Region, Ontario, she walked away with “Country Recording of the Year” which led to her showcase performance at Canadian Music Week 2013 in Toronto, Ontario.
While making new fresh waves in the Canadian Country Music Scene, Riki has still found time to lend her voice to numerous charities and fundraisers. “It’s the purest form of love and compassion. My heart swells knowing that I’m able to help others who may be less fortunate or in crisis. It’s a blessing bestowed upon me to use a God-given gift for the better good.” says Knox.
With the prelude of her debut album, “Bona fide Country Girl” on the horizon, Riki Knox is showing no signs of slowing down. Filled to the brim with country soul, honesty, and emotion, “Bona fide Country Girl” is sure to leave a lasting impression on listeners.
You can find Riki Knox making her rounds this summer headlining numerous fairs, festivals and live music venues throughout Ontario, and into other parts of Canada.
Get ready to hear a whole lot more from this Canadian Country sweetheart!! The best is yet to come!