This Alberta-born star is a true example of a triple-threat, and has been one from an early age. Born and raised on a cattle ranch, Porter quickly took an interest in music, learning to play violin, guitar and touring with her family band (which also included her brother, 2004 Canadian Idol winner Kalan Porter).

By 16 she was dancing, singing, and performing with string quartets, and soon began acting in film and television. But it wasn’t always easy. “Moving from Medicine Hat to a big city like Vancouver was very difficult,” says Porter. “To build a career in the entertainment industry was even more challenging.”

Since then she’s performed on some of Canada’s biggest stages, and worked in North American film and television alongside such notable actors as Patrick Swayze, Carmen Electra, Michael Madsen and Jason Priestley. She even garnered Best Actress in Alberta honours at the AMPIA (Alberta Media Production Industries Association) awards in 2010.

“I’m thankful for those vulnerable times in my life because they create amazing stories and allow me to write honest songs,” she says.

Porter also makes up half of the country pop duo The Black Boots, with fellow Albertan singer and guitarist Andrew Jenkins. She’ll be recording her debut solo album in 2012.