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'I wanna be a Canadian,' American singer changing her tune

An accomplished American singer-songwriter has a Canada Day wish of changing the tune of her citizenship.

Musician Deborah Holland pays tribute to Vancouver in latest album

Singer-songwriter Deborah Holland is waiting for the Canadian government to approve her application for citizenship.

An accomplished American singer-songwriter has a Canada Day wish: changing the tune of her citizenship.

Deborah Holland made that clear in her recent self-explanatory single, "I Wanna Be A Canadian."

"I want to live in a country you don't claw your way to the top," Holland sings on the song. "And people genuinely seem to care about other people."

It may take a little bit longer, as Holland is still waiting for the government to respond to her application to become a Canadian resident.

The American musician has played with notable acts including Stewart Copeland, the drummer of The Police, and jazz-legend Stanley Clarke from the group Animal Logic.

Since then, she's had a number of solo albums, but her most recent album is named after her new home — Vancouver.

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Holland relocated from Los Angeles because she felt the Canadian school system was a better fit for her son, but Vancouver started to grow on her.

“I started to like L.A. a little less each time I went there and I missed Vancouver more,” said Holland. “Suddenly I realized I’ve fallen in love with Vancouver and I love my life here.”

She even began taking an interest in things she never imagined would have attracted her.

Holland said she never liked sports, but living in Vancouver changed that.

“People who have known me my whole life cannot believe that I am actually watching hockey games and care about hockey,” she said.

Athletics aside, one of the most endearing things about Canada to Holland is the courtesy.

“In L.A., when the buses are not working it says ‘out of service,’” she said. “In Vancouver it says ‘out of service — sorry.’”