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Submitted by Don Graham

Victoria Banks is living the dream in Nashville, Tennessee, writing songs and making a good living at it. It’s been a long, hard road to get to this point in her career but if you give it enough time the cream will always rise to the top. Sitting with Victoria at the Gibson Shop in Toronto she is a picture of calm and confidence in her craft but with enough of the creative insecurity that all great artists have. “ A lot of folks think of songwriting as just something you sit and do. You pick up a guitar and a pen sitting at your kitchen table and a song comes to you. But actually I go to the office everyday and spend 8 to 10 hours writing and labouring over ideas and melodies.

It’s a lot of work and I’ve put 10 years into working at my craft” Victoria  signed her first publishing deal in 1998 where  she was a staff songwriter for Fame Music and  from 2002 to 2007 she was a writer for Full Circle Music  and as of 2007 she is writing for Nashville's Sony/ATV Publishing.

Born in Port Carling, (Muskokas) Ontario, Victoria’s  self-produced debut CD When You Can Fly was released on the On Ramp/EMI Canadalabel in April 2009. The CD earned her  a 2010 Canadian Indie Award nomination and six nominations at the 2009 Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMAs)  that included  Album of the Year, Producer of the Year, Single of the Year ("The Wheel"), Songwriter of the Year ("The Wheel"), Female Artist of the Year and Rising Star, making her  the most nominated female artist of 2009. The album's first single off the album "The Wheel," was a Top 20 song.

Victoria was named both Female Artist of the Year and Songwriter(s) of The Year at the 2010 CCMA Awards and was nominated in the Female Artist of the Year category again in 2011.

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