MacNeil's distinctive voice and affecting songs have appealed to both pop and country music audiences on such albums as Home I'll Be (1990), Thinking of You (1992) and Porch Songs (1995). She has also recorded 2 popular Christmas albums, Now The Bells Ring (1988) and Once Upon a Christmas (1993). She began hosting a top-rated CBC television program, The Rita MacNeil Show, in 1994 which consistently drew audiences of 2 million viewers. The show was eventually cancelled while at the height of its popularity, amidst much controversy. However, MacNeil continues to tour and record such albums as Music of A Thousand Nights (1997). A 3-time Juno Award winner, MacNeil was presented with the Order of Canada in 1992.
Author JEFF BATEMAN
Links to Other Sites
The official website for Rita MacNeil features her biography, discography, album notes, lyrics, and audio clips.
Rita MacNeil, Cape Breton singer, dies at 68
A CBC obituary for beloved Cape Breton singer Rita MacNeil.
An obituary for Rita MacNeil, who was "known as Cape Breton's first lady of song. From thestar.com.