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The Best Country Singers Who Weren't Born in America

Updated May 22, 2020 1.1k votes 190 voters 9.7k views34 items

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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

    Whangarei, New Zealand

    Age52

    GenderMale

    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 charted...  more
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    Shania Twain

    Windsor, Ontario

    Age55

    GenderFemale

    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 in...  more
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    Terri Clark

    Montreal, Canada

    Age52

    GenderFemale

    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 self-titled...  more
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    Anne Murray

    Springhill, Canada

    Age75

    GenderFemale

    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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    Hank Snow

    Canada

    AgeDec. at 85 (1914-1999)

    GenderMale

    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 charted more than...  more
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    Paul Brandt

    Calgary, Canada

    Age48

    GenderMale

    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 break. In...  more
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    Lee Kernaghan

    Corryong, Australia

    Age56

    GenderMale

    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 regional...  more
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    Olivia Newton-John

    Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Age72

    GenderFemale

    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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    Dean Brody

    Smithers, Canada

    Age45

    GenderMale

    Dean Brody (born August 12, 1975) is a Canadian country music artist who has won 16 CCMA Awards and 2 JUNO Awards. Originally signed to Broken Bow Records in 2008, Brody made his debut later that...  more
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    Chris Cummings

    Norton, Canada

    Age45

    GenderMale

    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. Several of his...  more
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    Kasey Chambers

    Mount Gambier, Australia

    Age44

    GenderFemale

    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
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    Jimmy Little

    Cummeragunja Reserve

    AgeDec. at 75 (1937-2012)

    GenderMale

    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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    Catherine Britt

    Newcastle, Australia

    Age35

    GenderFemale

    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 1999, she...  more
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    Age50

    GenderMale

    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 Were" and...  more
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    Aaron Lines

    Fort McMurray, Canada

    Age42

    GenderMale

    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 charts...  more
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    Dallas Smith

    Langley Township, Canada

    Age42

    GenderMale

    Dallas Hendry Smith is a Canadian rock and country singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist for alternative rock band Default. He is currently signed to 604 Records/Universal Music...  more
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    Duane Steele

    Hines Creek, Canada

    GenderMale

    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, including the...  more
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    Michelle Wright

    Morpeth, Ontario

    Age59

    GenderFemale

    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
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    Ronan Keating

    Finglas, Republic of Ireland

    Age43

    GenderMale

    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 Stephen...  more
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    Jamie O'Neal

    Sydney, Australia

    Age54

    GenderFemale

    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 "There...  more
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    Jason McCoy

    Barrie, Canada

    Age50

    GenderMale

    Jason McCoy (born Jason Dwight Campsall on August 27, 1970) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who performs country music. He has won many awards including the 2001 Male Vocalist of the Year at the...  more
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    George Fox

    Calgary, Canada

    Age60

    GenderMale

    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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    Sherrié Austin

    Sydney, Australia

    Age50

    GenderFemale

    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 recorded as one...  more
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    Chad Morgan

    Wondai, Australia

    Age87

    GenderMale

    Chadwick William "Chad" Morgan OAM (born 11 February 1933) is an Australian country music singer and guitarist known for his vaudeville style of comic country and western songs, his prominent teeth...  more