8 February 1973 (age 45)
Victoria Banks is a singer/songwriter from Port Carling, Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. Her self-produced debut CD "When You Can Fly" was released on the On Ramp/EMI Canada label in April 2009, from which her debut single "The Wheel" (co-written with Tia Sillers) entered the Canadian Country R&R chart at #44 in March 2009. The album also features a duet with Canadian country artist Jason Blaine.
Victoria and Canadian country artist Deric Ruttan both went to high school in Bracebridge, Ontario where they performed in a band together. Victoria went on to complete a degree in Zoology/Anthropology at the University of Toronto before moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1998, where she signed her first publishing deal. From 1998-2004 she was a staff songwriter for Fame Music (aka House of Fame), from 2004-2007 she was a writer for Full Circle Music (Circle C Songs), and in 2007 she signed a contract with Nashville's Sony/ATV Publishing.
As a staff songwriter in the country music market, Victoria has had songs featured in movies and TV and recorded by a variety of country artists including Jessica Simpson, Sara Evans, Cowboy Crush, Marty Raybon, 3 of Hearts, and Johnny Reid. She has won International Unisong and USA Songwriting Competitions in 2006 and 2007, played acoustic guitar for Pam Tillis, Crystal Shawanda and Rachel Proctor, shared the performing stage with Julie Roberts, Jamie O'Neal, Alabama and Billy Currington, and has cowritten with artists such as Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jessica Simpson, Gretchen Wilson, Danielle Peck, Amy Dalley, Julie Roberts and Gary Nichols. She is best known for her Jessica Simpson hit "Come on Over" (which was the highest debuting first single for a new country artist in the Billboard chart history) and her solo-written Sara Evans hit "Saints & Angels", which earned her a 2003 ASCAP Country Music Award and a SOCAN International Achievement Award.
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