Growing up in Hobbema, Alberta, Shane Yellowbird, who is Cree, was always a typical cowboy. His parents participated in the rodeo circuit and Shane was roping and riding from a very early age. Faced with a severe stuttering problem, a speech therapist suggested to Shane that he sing his sentences to help him speak clearly. The technique proved successful – so successful, in fact, that Yellowbird began entering and winning several singing contests. The life of this cowboy quickly turned away from roping and riding and moved toward that of another dream, being a successful country music artist.
Since the release of his hot selling debut album in Canada, Life is Calling My Name, Yellowbird’s had four consecutive Top 10 Canadian radio and videos hits and a number of major awards and nominations including the CCMA award for “Rising Star of the Year,” the “Best Country Recording” award at the Native American Music Awards (for North America), and the “Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year” award at the Aboriginal People’s Choice Awards (for North America).
Yellowbird’s 2009 sophmore release It’s About Time was two full years in the making, and a true labour of love. It’s release on November 17th, 2009 coincided with Yellowbird’s first appearance on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
“I’ve been really fortunate the past couple of years,” says Yellowbird. “My fans have embraced me and my music in a way I never expected. When I think about what I’ve overcome to make it to where I am right now, it blows me away. I couldn’t have done it without the support of the people who are there, watching me on stage every night.”
Yellowbird hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams. Speaking and mentoring troubled youth, visiting young prisoners, and organizing concerts to benefit those in need in his hometown, Shane knows the true importance of giving back.
Tickets are on sale at the Membertou Trade & Convention Centre box office or by calling 539-2300. Box office hours are from 10:00am – 6:00pm Monday to Friday.
Learn more about Shane Yellowbird at www.shaneyellowbird.com