Born in 1984, this Belleville, Ontario, native broke onto the U.S. music scene when she was only 17 years old with her 2002 debut album, "Let Go." Since then, Lavigne, whose name means "April Vineyard" in French, has been named No. 7 on Forbes' list of Top 20 Earners Under 25, with annual earnings of $12 million.
When she was just 13, Lavigne won a radio contest to appear on stage with Shania Twain, another artist from the north, during Twain's concert in Ottawa. The two performed Twain's song, "What Made You Say That." And, although Lavigne was discovered singing country music covers in an Ontario bookstore, with her own music, she's been nothing but rock, pop and punk. She's had 11 top ten hits to date, including, "Girlfriend," "Complicated," "I'm With You," and "My Happy Ending." In 2006, Lavigne had her own happy ending, marrying her "Sk8er Boi" fellow Canadian musician, Deryck Whibley of the band Sum 41.
Not to be outdone by Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain performed when she was 13 on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp's "Tommy Hunter Show," a Canadian country music show. Born in Windsor, Ontario, in 1965, Twain later changed her name from Eilleen Twain to Shania, an Ojibwa word, meaning "on my way." And she certainly was. This country singer, who began to perform in bars when she was 8 years old, to make money for her impoverished family, is now the second-best-selling musical artist in Canada, behind Celine Dion. And Americans like her, as well. From the 65 million albums the singer of "You're Still the One" has sold, 48 million of those sales have been to the American market.
This French-Canadian from Charlemagne, Quebec, broke through the English-speaking market with her 1990 song, "Where Does My Heart Beat Now." Reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, Dion repeated her chart-topping performance with a duet from the 1991 Disney film "Beauty and the Beast." The song, on which Dion collaborated with male vocalist Peabo Bryson, won an Academy Award for best song and a Grammy Award for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal. To date, the superstar chanteuse has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, which makes her the best-selling female artist in the world.
Born Roberta Joan Anderson, this Fort Macleod, Alberta, native wrote her first song, "Day By Day," in transit to a folk festival. After marrying fellow folk singer, Chuck Mitchell, in 1965, she moved to the U.S., but their marriage dissolved and Joni moved to New York City in 1967. She was only in the iconic New York folk scene of the 1960s for a short period of time before the West Coast called to her. She moved to Southern California toward the end of 1967 with fellow artist David Crosby, who had been impressed by Mitchell's performance in a Florida club. She toured with Crosby, Stills and Nash, and received the 1969 Grammy for best folk performance for her album,"Clouds." To date, Mitchell has earned nine Grammys, and in 2003, she came in 72nd on Rolling Stone's greatest-guitarists-of-all-time list. The highest-ranking woman on the list, she's noted for using a unique and complex variety of tunings.