Farmer's Daughter (band)

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Farmer's Daughter
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Years active1993–2002
LabelsStubble Jumper Music
Universal Music Canada
MembersJake Leiske
Angela Kelman
Shauna Rae Samograd

Farmer's Daughter is a Canadian country music group. Farmer's Daughter recorded three studio albums and charted sixteen singles on the Canadian country music charts. Their highest charting single was the Number One song "Cornfields or Cadillacs". Although sometimes referred to as a band, they do not play musical instruments as part of their act.


In the spring of 1992, Saskatchewan's Jake Leiske talked Alberta's Shauna Rae Samograd into forming a country music group. Jake and Shauna Rae had toured together before with their family's gospel group when they were 5 and 2 years old, respectively. By the fall of that same year, they joined forces with Manitoba's Angela Kelman, to form Farmer's Daughter.

In 1993, the Vancouver-based group independently released their debut album, Girls Will Be Girls, on Stubble Jumper Music. The album generated seven hits, including "Borderline Angel", "Family Love", "I Wanna Hold You" and a cover of the Dusty Springfield hit "Son of a Preacher Man". Girls Will Be Girls was named Album of the Year by the British Columbia Country Music Association (BCCMA) in 1994, and the group won the Vista Rising Star Award from the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) the following year. They swept the 1996 British Columbia Country Music Awards, winning Entertainer of the Year, Group of the Year, as well as Song and Single of the Year awards for "Borderline Angel".

In 1996, Farmer's Daughter signed to Universal Music Canada and released their second album, Makin' Hay, in September. The album went gold in Canada and produced five more hit singles, including "Lonely Gypsy Wind", "Now That I'm On My Own", "You Said" and the top 5 "Cornfields or Cadillacs". They were named Group of the Year by the CCMA in 1997, Best Country Group or Duo at the Juno Awards in 1998, and both Group and Entertainer of the Year by the BCCMA in 1997 and 1998.

In 1997, at WWE's In Your House 16: Canadian Stampede, Farmer's Daughter performed the Canadian National Anthem prior to the Main Event.

Their third album, This Is the Life, was released in October 1998, also by UMG Canada. They took a more hands-on approach, producing the album with Marc Ramaer (k.d. lang). Two singles from the CD reached the Canadian Top 10, "Freeway" and "Blue Horizon". Farmer's Daughter continued their domination at the BCCMA Awards in 1999, winning Entertainer of the Year, Group of the Year, Song of the Year ("Blue Horizon"), Single of the Year ("Blue Horizon") and Album of the Year (This Is The Life).

The group released their greatest hits album, The Best of Farmer's Daughter, in 1999. The CD included 11 of Farmer's Daughter's biggest hits, along with two new songs, "Walkin' In The Sunshine" (#8) and "You And Only You" (#12). They were once again named Entertainer of the Year and Group of the Year by the BCCMA, along with Single of the Year for "Walkin' In The Sunshine".

The original three group members did their last tour in 2001, and did not go public with any information as to why they decided to stop playing together. All three women have been working on solo projects and personal goals. On June 16, 2008, Farmer's Daughter played an exclusive reunion show at the Winspear Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. There is speculation that they may be recording together again, however there has been no official statement from the band.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
CAN Country
Girls Will Be Girls
  • Release date: 1993
  • Label: Stubble Jumper Music
Makin' Hay 11
This Is the Life
  • Release date: October 6, 1998
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Details Peak positions
CAN Country
The Best of Farmer's Daughter
  • Release date: 1999
  • Label: Universal Music Canada


Year Single Peak positions Album
CAN Country
1993 "Girls Will Be Girls" 82 Girls Will Be Girls
1994 "I Wanna Hold You" 50
"Family Love" 15
1995 "Son of a Preacher Man" 32
"Borderline Angel" 27
"Callin' All You Cowboys" 43
1996 "Fallin' Outta Love" 84
"Cornfields or Cadillacs" 1 Makin' Hay
"Lonely Gypsy Wind" 15
1997 "Now That I'm On My Own" 10
"You Said" 8
1998 "Inclemency" 28
"Freeway" 15 This Is the Life
1999 "Blue Horizon" 6
"Let It Ride" 30
"Walkin' in the Sunshine" 7 The Best of Farmer's Daughter
2000 "You and Only You" 11
2005 "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad" single only
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1994 "Family Love" Tony Pantages
1995 "Borderline Angel" Allan Jones
"Son of a Preacher Man" David Blood
"Callin' All You Cowboys" Allan Jones
1996 "Fallin' Outta Love" Allan Jones
"Cornfields or Cadillacs" Tony Pantages
"Lonely Gypsy Wind"
1997 "Now That I'm On My Own"
1998 "Inclemency"
"Freeway" Adam Sliwinski
1999 "Blue Horizon"
"Walkin' in the Sunshine" Terrance Odette
2000 "You and Only You" Adam Sliwinski

Farmer's Daughter - Lonely Gypsy Wind (November 17, 1995 – January 11, 2008)

Farmer's Daughter - Now That I'm On My Own (December 29, 1997 – June 10, 2009)

Farmer's Daughter - Freeway (May 12, 1998 – July 2, 2006)

Farmer's Daughter - Walkin' in the Sunshine (January 3, 1999 – October 10, 2003)

Farmer's Daughter - Blue Horizon (June 11, 1998 – August 2, 2003)


Canadian Country Music Awards[edit]


  • Vista Rising Star


  • Group or Duo of the Year

Juno Awards[edit]


British Columbia Country Music Awards[edit]



  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Group of the Year
  • Song of the Year, "Borderline Angel"
  • Single of the Year, "Borderline Angel"



  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Group of the Year


  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Group of the Year
  • Song of the Year, "Blue Horizon"
  • Single of the Year, "Blue Horizon"
  • Album of the Year, This Is the Life


  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Group of the Year
  • Single of the Year, "Walkin' In The Sunshine"


  • Group of the Year


  1. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Farmer's Daughter – Makin' Hay". Music Canada.