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The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America 

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Updated January 2, 2020 634 votes 133 voters 5.4k views 33 items

List Rules Vote for the best country singers not born in America.

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

Age: 51

Keith Lionel Urban (born 26 October 1967) is a New Zealand singer, songwriter and record producer well known for his work in country music. 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

Age: 53

Shania Twain, OC (; born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian singer, songwriter and actress. She has sold over 100 million records, making her the best-selling female artist ...more
3
Terri Clark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Montreal, Canada

Age: 50

Terri Lynn Clark (born August 5, 1968) is a Canadian country music artist who has had success in both Canada and the United States. Signed to Mercury Records in 1995, she released her ...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
England, Cambridge

Age: 70

Olivia Newton-John, (born 26 September 1948) is an English-Australian singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, dancer, and activist. She is a four-time Grammy award winner who has amassed five ...more
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Hank Snow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Brooklyn, Queens County, Nova Scotia

Age: Dec. at 85 (1914-1999)

Clarence Eugene "Hank" Snow (May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999) was a Canadian-American country music artist. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, he recorded 140 albums and ...more
6
Paul Brandt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Calgary, Canada

Age: 46

Paul Rennée Belobersycky (born July 21, 1972) 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 ...more
7
Catherine Britt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Newcastle, Australia

Age: 34

Catherine Elisabeth Britt (born 31 December 1984) 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 ...more
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Anne Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Springhill, Canada

Age: 73

Morna Anne Murray (born June 20, 1945), known professionally as Anne Murray, is a Canadian singer in pop, country, and adult contemporary music whose albums have sold over 55 million copies ...more
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Lee Kernaghan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Corryong, Australia

Age: 54

Lee Kernaghan OAM (born 15 April 1964) is an Australian country music singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was the 2008 Australian of the Year, in recognition for his support of rural and ...more
10
Ronan Keating is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Finglas, Republic of Ireland

Age: 41

Ronan Patrick John Keating (born 3 March 1977) is an Irish artist, singer/songwriter, musician, and philanthropist. He debuted in 1994 alongside Keith Duffy, Michael Graham, Shane Lynch, and ...more
11
Aaron Lines is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Fort McMurray, Canada

Age: 41

Anthony Aaron Lines (born November 17, 1977) is a Canadian country musician. He has recorded for RCA Nashville, BNA and On Ramp Records, and has charted three singles on the Hot Country Songs ...more
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Kasey Chambers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Mount Gambier, Australia

Age: 42

Kasey Chambers (born 4 June 1976) is an Australian country singer-songwriter and musician born in Mount Gambier. She is the daughter of fellow musicians, Diane and Bill Chambers, and the younger ...more
13
Chris Cummings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Norton, Canada

Age: 43

Christopher Allen Thomas "Chris" Cummings (born August 11, 1975) is a Canadian country music artist. In his career, he has released five studio albums, an EP and two compilations. ...more
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Michelle Wright is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Canada

Age: 57

Michelle Wright (born July 1, 1961) 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 ...more
15
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

Age: 31

Adam Gregory (born December 28, 1987) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Thomas Forrester on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful.
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Jamie O'Neal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Sydney, Australia

Age: 52

Jamie O'Neal (born 3 June 1966) 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 ...more
17
Lisa Brokop is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Surrey, Canada

Age: 45

Lisa Brokop (born June 6, 1973) 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 ...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

Age: 48

Sherrie Veronica Krenn (born 28 August 1970), known professionally as Sherrié Austin, is an Australian actress and singer. Active as a singer since her teenage years, Austin initially ...more
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Shirley Myers is listed (or ranked) 19 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) 20 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Calgary, Canada

Age: 58

George Fox (born March 23, 1960 in Calgary, Alberta) is a country/western music singer/songwriter raised in Cochrane, Alberta, the son of cattle ranchers Bert and Gert Fox. His debut single ...more
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Tara Lyn Hart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Roblin, Canada

Age: 40

Tara Lyn Hart, born April 11, 1978 in Roblin, Manitoba, Canada, is a Canadian country music singer/songwriter.
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Carolyn Dawn Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
CarlozNewsvine added Grande Prairie, Canada

Age: 47

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.

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Jimmy Little is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
Cummeragunja Reserve

Age: Dec. at 75 (1937-2012)

James Oswald Little, AO (1 March 1937 – 2 April 2012) was an Australian Aboriginal musician, actor and teacher from the Yorta Yorta people and was raised on the Cummeragunja Mission, New South ...more
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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
25
John Landry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America
jsmusicprincess85 added Canada

Age: 49

John Landry (born December 22, 1969) 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 ...more