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Country vocalist Lindi Ortega smoulders at the Empress

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Country roots chanteuse Lindi Ortega performs Saturday, March 17 at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod.

Country roots chanteuse Lindi Ortega brings her smoky vocals to the Empress Theatre on Saturday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Ortega, set to release her fifth album, Liberty, at the end of March, is a two-time Canadian Country Music Awards’ Roots Artist of the Year.
Ortega has toured with Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakam, k.d. lang and supported Carrie Underwood at the Country Music Awards.
With a voice that easily blends down-home country twang with old school rock and roll, soul and folk, Ortega enchants listeners with her soaring vocals, polished lyrics and electrifying guitar playing.
Now based in Calgary, Toronto-born Ortega spent nearly a decade as an independent artist in the Toronto music scene before moving to Nashville to hone her country chops.
Liberty is a concept album, with a central character who finally sheds the darkness of her past and emerges into the light.
Ortega’s personal experiences are reflected in the lyrics.
“I’ve had so many people tell me my songs helped them through really hard times in their life,” Ortega said. “If I can provide some sort of solace with my music, then that gives me every reason to make music. I wanted this record to be all about helping people through the darkness.”
In 2012, Ortega was nominated for two Juno Awards for New Artist of the Year and Roots and Traditional Album: Solo.
Her albums Little Red Boots and Cigarettes & Truckstops were both long-listed nominees for the 2012 and 2013 Polaris Music Prizes, respectively.
Ortega was also nominated for two Canadian Country Music Association Awards — Female Artist of the Year and Roots Artist of the Year in 2014.