Submitted by Don Graham
Patricia Conroy has had 8 number one singles and 5 number one videos on CMT and was CCMA Independent Female Vocalist of the Year in 1999, 2000 and 2006. Pretty impressive laurels to be able to comfortably rest on. But the Montreal born, Nashville based singer/songwriter is far from living off that legacy but rather is one of the most productive and active Canadian songwriters in Music City.
“I’m really happy with where I am right now musically and personally here in Nashville. I’m writing with and for some great Canadian artists and feel as productive as I ever been. And some of the productivity includes cuts of her songs by Emerson Drive "She Always Gets What She Wants", Smalltown Pistols. "I Only Smoke When I Drink" Beverley Mahood " Hope and Gasoline","Sunday I’m an Angel",Tebey "Now I Do”, Michelle Wright "Crazy Stupid Love", Morgan Evans " Like a Tornado" (which was the #1 song and video in Australia) and Bobby Wills "Undressed". I saw Bobby Wills perform this song in Edmonton at last year’s CCMA Awards Week show and was impressed with how thrilled he was to be able to write with Patricia. There are also 9 co-writes with Jimmy Rankin on his current album, including the title track "Backroad Paradise" and the hit "Cool Car."
Patricia was raised in a strong musical family in Montreal, Quebec with that city’s French Canadian culture and with her mother’s Maritime country background coupled with her father’s Irish roots, music was in her blood. She was part of a family band, The Shamrock Ceili Band and enjoyed the Celtic and country music that was a huge part of the family fabric and filled the air throughout her home as a little girl. She soon took piano and vocal lessons and reflects on her early years with her family band, singing in church, and the constant presence of musical guests in her home, as being her real musical training. “There was always a fiddle, accordion or guitar being played. I absolutely treasure those years. My love of music stems from those days”.