Shane Yellowbird’s debut album, “Life is Calling My Name”, may have just arrived
in stores in November 2006, but the handsome young country singer is already creating
On a recent trip to Vancouver a flight attendant recognized Yellowbird from his
music video and announced to her fellow passengers a celebrity was onboard. Though
unaccustomed to the attention, the shy Yellowbird obliged his fans with autographs.
In just a few short years, Yellowbird has gone from quietly pursuing a fine arts
degree at Red Deer College to a budding country music star, with a hot selling record,
major awards and nominations, and two Top 10 radio hits and videos to his credit.
Growing up in Hobbema, AB, Yellowbird, who is Cree, was a typical cowboy. His parents
participated in the rodeo circuit and their son learned early on to rope and ride,
fully embracing the cowboy lifestyle and accepting that it would one day be his
A strange twist of circumstances, however, put Yellowbird on the country music path.
Born with a severe stuttering problem, he began seeing a speech therapist who suggested
that he sing his sentences to help him speak clearly. The technique proved successful
and also instilled a budding love of music in Yellowbird. After entering several
singing contests and winning, it seemed life was calling the young cowboy to fulfill
another dream, that of a country music artist.
Spotted by O’Reilly International, Yellowbird signed on with the management company
who had directed the successful careers of Brad Johner and Patricia Conroy.
“We knew Shane could sing and song write. But when we talked to him about his speech
impediment and realized what he had overcome to get this far, we knew he had the
drive and determination you need in this industry,” says Louis O’Reilly president
of the company.
“Life is Calling My Name” features radio-friendly tracks in the traditions of George
Strait or Garth Brooks and showcases Yellowbird’s amazing voice.
Yellowbird chose each track on his album much as he does everything in life – with
thoughtful care. “There’s no break up songs or unhappy songs,” Yellowbird says.
“The whole album is positive. It’s about having fun, being in love. I wanted the
first album to be positive.”
Close to his heart, the album’s title track “Life is Calling My Name” talks about
the freedom to just be oneself.
“This song really hits home for me,” explains Yellowbird. “Life is before you, leave
your problems behind.” He adds, artists like Mel Tillis – known for his noticeable
stutter – serve as a role model.
“(Tillis’ stutter) was part of who he was,” says Yellowbird. “And people liked that
about him. It made him unique and didn’t stop him from having a successful music
Yellowbird hopes to inspire others to pursue their dreams. Wherever you come from,
whatever obstacles you face, your dreams can come true – something Yellowbird knows
Yellowbird is proud of his country roots and still breaks horses and competes in
calf-roping whenever he can. But given the exceptional early fan response to his
songs, Yellowbird’s future seems destined to deliver more outstanding country music.
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