As a pre-teen, Marie Bottrell joined her two older siblings paying her musical dues in their London, Ontario-based Whitestone County Band. At age 17, she began recording for The Mercey Brothers’ MBS label, releasing her first album in 1978 which yielded the debut hit single, ‘Just Reach Out and Touch Me’. Marie went on to chart more than 20 singles on the RPM Charts, including her signature song, ‘The Star’, one of five Top 10 hits.
Marie Bottrell has earned recognition as the CCMA ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ in 1983 and 1984, ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ in the 1982 Country Music News Fans’ Awards and RPM’s ‘Outstanding Female Performer’ in 1979, as well as four Juno Award nominations.
Marie began touring with her own band and together, Marie Bottrell & Cottonwood appeared on all of the popular shows of the day including; ‘The Tommy Hunter Show’, ‘The Joan Kennedy Show’, ‘Ronnie Prophet’, ‘The Family Brown Show’ and ‘Ray St. Germain’ as well.
Throughout her career, Marie has performed with Nashville stars like, Marty Robbins, Tammy Wynette, Tom T. Hall, and Minnie Pearl. She continues to perform on stage today in various Classic Country events, as well as her highly acclaimed, “Legends” tribute shows.