Shane Yellowbird at Grizfest August 2

In just a few short years, Yellowbird has gone from quietly pursuing a Fine Arts degree at Red Deer College to one of Canada?s hottest country music stars. He has a hot selling record, three Top 10 radio and videos hits to his credit, and a number of major awards and nominations, including the most nominations at the 2007 CCMA Awards, where he took home the coveted ?Chevy Rising Star? trophy.

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 future. 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. 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. Catch Shane Yellowbird live at Grizfest, August 2 at 7:00 pm.

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