When Kira Isabella was seven years old, she began singing and playing the guitar. Just nine years later, the Ottawa singer was signed to Sony Music Canada. Isabella’s subsequent rise to fame happened quickly, as it only took a couple of years to release her first single, “Love Me Like That,” which made it to the Canadian Hot 100.
The country artist is now 23 years old and signed to U.S. label HitShop Records. She has also now toured with country household names like Terri Clark and Carrie Underwood.
Isabella has been nominated for multiple Canadian Country Music Association Awards over the years, winning the Rising Star Award in 2012 and female artist of the year in 2013. This year, she is nominated for video of the year with Chris Buck Band for their song "That's When You Know."
The singer-songwriter counts Faith Hill, Sheryl Crow and Shania Twain as influences, so we asked Isabella what she believes to be the best Canadian country song. Watch below.
Tune in to the CCMA Awards on Sunday, Sept. 10 on CBC at 8 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. NT).