Origin: Lethbridge, Alberta
Joyce Smith was among Canada’s first female country stars. For over three decades, Ms. Smith performed consistently at every major country music bar and club. A substantial radio hit in the USA earned her a Canadian Country Music Association nomination for Most Promising New Female Vocalist.
Joyce Smith began her career as a teenager when she performed on both radio and television shows, including guest appearances on “The Noon Show” and “The Chuckwagon Show." She also performed in the group Rodgers Brothers Band, which served as the opening act for many notable performers throughout the country, including Wilf Carter and Hank Snow.
As her recording career grew, Joyce Smith earned the opportunity to work with legendary producer Owen Bradley in Nashville, TN. Her song “Leavin’ On Your Mind” became a huge radio hit in the USA. With this song, Ms. Smith became one of the few Canadians to sell over 100,000 copies of a single in the US. The song would go on to be recorded by Patsy Cline and was one of the last songs recorded before Cline’s tragic death. Cline’s version became a Top Ten hit."Leavin' on Your Mind" was only the beginning of Ms. Smith's extensive recording career. Over the years, she released six albums and had numerous singles.
Ms. Smith toured extensively throughout Canada, The United States, and Europe. She performed at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and held a six-month residency performing nightly at the TX Panther Hall in Fort Worth. She performed at many of the major music halls in the southern United States. She was a featured artist on the Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys syndicated radio shows. She toured Europe as a featured performer with the Hank Smith Wild Rose Country band. She also performed at several live grandstand shows and rodeo events. She performed several live radio remote broadcasts at fairs and rodeos in CFCW listening areas.
A year after her performance at the Grand Ole Opry, Ms. Smith was voted the 4th Most Promising Female Country Singer by Billboard in 1962. In 1991, Joyce Smith was inducted into the Alberta Country Music Hall of Fame, and in 2010 the Canadian Country Music Association Hall of Honour. In 2002, she was the recipient of the prestigious Bev Munro Award of Dedication. She also received inductions into the National Traditional Country Music USA Hall of Fame (2007) and the North American Country Music Hall of Fame.
In 2000, Ms. Smith and her husband, George Myren, launched the Association of Canadian Country Music Legends. The association is dedicated to keeping traditional country music alive across Alberta.