Alberta Pride Artist: Shane Yellowbird


April 16, 2019 at 1:38 pm - Home, Afternoons,
By Arielle Leslie

From Hobbema, Alberta.

Cree Shane Yellowbird was dead set on becoming a cowboy, before his stuttering condition indirectly landed him the rare privilege of being one of Canada’s young premier country singer/songwriters. He grew up immersed in Canadian cowboy culture, learning to rope and ride, and attending and participating in many rodeos.

Ironically, his treatment for said stuttering problem led him to a more musical future. Encouraged to sing his sentences rather than speak them, his talent for the vocal art took him away from the rugged life on the plains, instead leading him to vocal and singing contests, which he had no problem winning.

In 2006, he released his debut album; Life Is Calling My Name. The album was a hit, spawning a number of singles and won the Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2007 Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards.

In 2007, his single “Pickup Truck” hit the Top Five.

In 2008, he earned a Juno Award nomination for Country Recording of the Year.

Shane’s second album, It’s About Time was released in 2009, featuring the single, “Bare Feet on the Blacktop“.

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