Patricia Conroy, is no stranger to the world of music. Born in Montreal, Patricia was raised in a strong musical environment, influenced her mother’s Maritime country background and her father’s Irish roots. Patricia speaks fondly of the Celtic and country music that flowed through her home as a little girl, which ultimately led to piano and vocal lessons. She credits her early years of performing with her family band (the “Shamrock Ceili Band”), singing in church, and the always visiting musical guests in her home, as being her real musical training. “There was always a fiddle, accordion or guitar being played, and I absolutely treasure those years.”
Later, Patricia discovered the California Country sounds of Emmylou Harris, The Eagles, Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne and was blown away. “Thats the time I really knew what direction I wanted to go in musically”. Patricia hooked up with like-minded musicians in Vancouver in the late 80s and eventually entered and won a Battle of the Bands contest. The prize of $10,000 gave her the opportunity to demo some of her original material. “Thats when I got my first record deal with Warner Music Canada. I was thrilled! To top it off, my record producer; Randal Prescott, brought Vince Gill into the studio to sing background vocals on Blue Angel and Take Me With You, two songs that I had written… what an honour!” She began touring extensively, making fans all over Canada.
Two years later, she followed with her second release, Bad Day for Trains, which featured the Canadian top 10 hit “My Baby Loves Me” and two number ones, “What Do You Care” and the title track. With this string of hits, Patricia quickly consolidated an intense following throughout Canada. The fruits of this hard labour would eventually result in Patricia being named the Canadian Country Music Associations “Female Vocalist of the Year “for 1994 and “Album of the Year” status for her sophomore release. (CCMA 1993).
Her final cd with Warner Canada, “You Cant Resist” – produced by John Mellencamp guitarist Mike Wanchic and Justin Niebank – featured hit songs “What Else Can I Do”,”Keep Me Rockin”, “I Don’t Wanna Be the One”,”Somebody’s Leavin” and the title track “You Can’t Resist It”.
The next two independent CD’s (produced by Bob Funk), kept the hits coming with fan favourites, like “Mary On the Dashboard”, “Direction of Love” (from the “Wild As The Wind” album),and “When” and “Talking to Myself” (from the “Talking To Myself” album)
This success resulted in the well deserved and popular win at the 1999 Canadian Country Music Association Awards where Patricia was voted “Independent Female Artist of the Year”. An award she went on to recieve 2 more times.
Since then, Patricia Conroy has been busy writing for her next project and getting her songs recorded by Canadian stars The Rankin Family,Jimmy Rankin, Michelle Wright, Beverley Mahood,,Bobby Wills, One More Girl, Emerson Drive, SmallTown Pistols, Tebey, Chad Brownlee, Leah Daniels,Jessica Mitchell,Rivertown Saints,Meghan Patrick and U.S. acts such as Steel Magnolia and Reba McEntire.
Through out her well-decorated career, Patricia has proven herself as one of Canada’s top female artists and songwriters.
At a Glance:
8 x #1 Singles
5 x #1 CMT Videos
CCMA Album of the Year for “Bad Day for Trains”
CCMA Female Vocalist of the Year 1994
CCMA Independent Female Artist in 1999, 2000, 2006, and 2007
7-time Juno Nominee
Many hit CMT Music Videos and several TV specials
6 Stellar Albums!