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The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America  

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While country music is often thought of as inherently American, there are actually a lot of country singers who weren't born in the United States. Same of America's favorite country singers are Canadian. Others, born overseas, are English, Australian, and British. Country singers not born in America come in many forms. A few famous non-American country singers even have dual citizenships.

Who will you find on this top country singers who weren't born in America list? Shania Twain was born in Ontario, Canada and moved to Nashville in the mid-1980s. Keith Urban was born in New Zealand and raised in Australia. Other famous country singers who weren't born in America include Olivia Newton-John, Kasey Chambers, and Jimmy Little. If you're curious about which country stars were born abroad or elsewhere, read this list. 

Are you surprised that so many country stars weren't born in America? Vote your favorite artists up to the top. 

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Keith Urban is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Whangarei, New Zealand
Keith Lionel Urban is a New Zealand-born Australian country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, entrepreneur and music competition judge. In 1991, he released a self-titled debut album, and ...more
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Shania Twain is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Windsor, Canada
Shania Twain, OC is a Canadian singer and songwriter. Twain is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, having sold over 75 million albums worldwide. She is also the best selling ...more
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Terri Clark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Montreal, Canada
Terri Lynn Sauson, known professionally as Terri Clark, is a Canadian country music artist who has had success in both Canada and the United States. Signed to Mercury Records in 1995, she ...more
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Olivia Newton-John is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Olivia Newton-John, AO, OBE is an English-born Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five No. 1 and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot ...more
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Catherine Britt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Newcastle, Australia
Catherine Elisabeth Britt is a country music artist who has had success in both her native Australia and in the United States. She started her career in Newcastle in 1999, she moved to Nashville ...more
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Lee Kernaghan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Corryong, Australia
Lee Kernaghan OAM is an Australian country music singer and songwriter. He was the 2008 Australian of the Year.
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Hank Snow is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia
Clarence Eugene "Hank" Snow was a celebrated Canadian country music artist. In a career that spanned nearly 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and charted more than 85 singles on the ...more
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Paul Brandt is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Calgary, Canada
Paul Rennée Belobersycky is a Canadian country music artist, known professionally as Paul Brandt. Growing up in Calgary, he was a pediatric RN at the time of his big break. In 1996, he ...more
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Carolyn Dawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
CarlozNewsvine added Grande Prairie, Canada

Carolyn Dawn Johnson is a Canadian Juno Award winning country music singer-songwriter. Johnson co-wrote Chely Wright's 1999 single, "Single White Female," which reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in September 1999. Johnson was signed, in 2000, to record label Arista Nashville. In 2001, Johnson released her debut album Room with a View. The album's first single "Georgia" reached No. 4 on the RPM Canadian Country Singles Chart for the week of November 6, 2000. "Complicated" was a Top Ten hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Her next single ("I Don't Want You to Go") was also a Top Ten hit in the U.S. After a three-year hiatus, Johnson returned with the single "Let Me Introduce Myself". It was the lead single from her fourth album, Love Rules, released in 2010.

Carolyn Dawn Johnson is a Canadian Juno Award winning country music singer-songwriter. Johnson co-wrote Chely Wright's 1999 single, "Single White Female," which reached number one on ...more
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Ronan Keating is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Finglas, Republic of Ireland
Ronan Patrick John Keating is an Irish recording artist, singer-songwriter, musician, and philanthropist. He debuted in 1994, alongside Keith Duffy, Michael Graham, Shane Lynch, and Stephen ...more
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Kasey Chambers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Mount Gambier, Australia
Kasey Chambers is an Australian country singer-songwriter. She is the daughter of singer and musician Bill Chambers, and the sister of musician and producer Nash Chambers.
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Aaron Lines is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Fort McMurray, Canada
Anthony Aaron Lines is a Canadian country musician. Active since 2001, he has recorded for RCA, BNA and On Ramp Records, and has charted three singles on the Hot Country Songs charts in the ...more
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Jimmy Little is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Cummeragunja Reserve
James Oswald "Jimmy" Little, AO was an Australian Aboriginal musician, actor and teacher from the Yorta Yorta people and was raised on the Cummeragunja Mission, New South Wales. From ...more
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Anne Murray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Springhill, Canada
Morna Anne Murray CC ONS, known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 54 million copies worldwide as of ...more
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Adam Gregory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
Adam Gregory is an Actor.
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Michelle Wright is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Canada, Ontario, Morpeth
Michelle Wright is a Canadian country music artist. She is one of the country's most widely recognized and awarded female country singers of the 1990s, winning the Canadian Country Music ...more
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Jamie O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Sydney, Australia
Jamie O'Neal is an Australian country singer and songwriter. In 2000, O'Neal released her first studio album, Shiver. The album included the back-to-back number one singles "There Is No ...more
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Sherrié Austin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Sydney, Australia
Sherrie Veronica Krenn, known professionally as Sherrié Austin, is an Australian actress and singer. Active as a singer since her teenage years, Austin initially recorded as one half of ...more
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Lisa Brokop is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Surrey, Canada
Lisa Brokop is a Canadian country music singer/songwriter and actress. Active since 1990 in the country music field, she has released a total of seven studio albums, and has charted more than ...more
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Chris Cummings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Norton, Canada
Christopher Allen Thomas "Chris" Cummings is a Canadian country music artist. In his career, he has released five studio albums, an EP and two compilations. Several of his singles have ...more
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Shirley Myers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added
Shirley Myers is a Canadian country music artist. She was signed to Stony Plain Records and released her debut album, Let It Rain, in 1997. The first single, the title track, reached the Top 5 ...more
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George Fox is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Calgary, Canada
George Fox is a country/western music singer/songwriter raised in Cochrane, Alberta, the son of cattle ranchers Bert and Gert Fox. His debut single "Angelina" reached No. 8 on Canadian ...more
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Tara Lyn Hart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Roblin, Canada
Tara Lyn Hart, born April 11, 1978 in Roblin, Manitoba, Canada, is a Canadian country music singer/songwriter.
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Duane Steele is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Hines Creek, Canada
Duane Steele is a Canadian country music artist. He has released five studio albums and one greatest hits album, and has charted multiple singles on the Canadian country singles charts, ...more
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John Landry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Canada
John Landry is a Canadian country music artist. Landry's debut album, Forever Took Too Long, was released in 1999 by Spin Records. Its first two singles, "There You Were" and "Bit ...more