Nova Scotia’s Stars of Song

Portia White, Anne Murray, Carroll Baker, Rita MacNeil, Holly Cole and Sarah McLachlan

by Charlie Rhindress

Six women who shaped Nova Scotia’s musical landscape and put Nova Scotia on the musical map: Portia White, Anne Murray, Carroll Baker, Rita MacNeil, Holly Cole and Sarah MacLachlan.

Best-selling music biographer Charlie Rhindress presents the lives and music of Nova Scotia’s six most important and successful women singers: Portia White, Anne Murray, Carroll Baker, Rita MacNeil, Holly Cole and Sarah MacLachlan.

Rhindress draws on his intimate knowledge of Nova Scotia’s music and his interviews with many of the biggest figures in the Nova Scotian music scene to offer fresh insight into the lives and work of these six stars. His research included extensive conversations with the women he profiles, as well as their families, their friends and the musicians they played with and worked alongside.

He offers powerful new insights into how each of them was shaped by and contributed to Nova Scotia’s unique musical heritage.

About the Author

Charlie Rhindress

CHARLIE RHINDRESS, a best-selling author, playwright, actor, director and producer who has published two music biographies, I’m Not What I Seem: The Many Stories of Rita MacNeil’s Life and Stompin’ Tom. He has also worked on more than 100 theatre productions. His biography of Rita MacNeil, I’m Not What I Seem was shortlisted for Best First Book at the Atlantic Book awards. He has also written eighteen plays which have been produced across the country, including The Maritime Way of Life, which was nominated for a Canadian Comedy award as best new play, and Flying On Her Own, based on the life of Rita MacNeil. Charlie has received a lifetime membership from Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre for his support of Atlantic Canadian theatre and has received an Established Artist Recognition Award from Arts Nova Scotia. He lives in his hometown of Amherst, Nova Scotia and is a proud father of four.

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