The Coast To Coast Closeup is presented by The Eagle River Casino and Travel
Plaza in Whitecourt.
Duane Steele is among Canada’s top country recording artists
and songwriters with a professional career dating back to 1984. Born and raised
in the small Alberta Peace Country town of Hines Creek, music was a big part of
Duane’s life growing up. He fondly remembers parties at his parents home with
everyone sitting around singing and playing various instruments. As teenagers
Duane and his cousins started a band spending summers and weekends playing for
weddings and community dances.
In 1984 Duane’s professional career began, fronting the band
Rock ‘N’ Horse. Their album, Highways, was released in 1991. Despite top 20
singles, non stop touring, and a Juno nomination for Country Band of the Year
Rock ‘N’ Horse disbanded in 1993. Duane took this opportunity to pursue his
goals as a recording artist and songwriter, landing a publishing contract with
Warner Chapel in Nashville. This full time job as a staff songwriter allowed
him the privilege of working with and learning from some of the most talented
writers from the United States and Canada.
In 1995 a showcase at Canadian Country Music Week in Calgary
resulted in his signing a recording contract with Mercury Canada. Duane’s solo
debut album “PO Box 423” was released in February 1996 and saw his first three
singles go Top 5 on the Canadian Country Charts, including the #1 Hit “Anita
Got Married”. His sophomore release “This Is The Life” was released a year and
a half later and furthered his presence on the Canadian music charts with all
six singles released achieving Top 30 chart position (two becoming Top 10
hits). In support of both albums Duane released seven music videos on CMT
(three of which went to #1).
Touring and promoting became a way of life for Duane once
again. He was on the road traveling with his CCMA award winning band opening
for some of the hottest acts in country music including Shania Twain, Terri
Clark, Trisha Yearwood, Sammy Kershaw, and Prairie Oyster. In 1997 Duane was
the winner of the CCMA for Vocal Collaboration of the Year with Lisa Brokop for
the single “Two Names On An Overpass”.
In the spring of 1999 Duane returned to Canada to focus on
his recording career. His third solo album “I’ll Be Alright” was released in
August 2000 with seven singles released to radio and three videos released to
CMT. In 2001 Duane was rewarded for his first independently released album by
winning the Independent Male Vocalist of the Year Award by the CCMA.
2004 saw the release of “Set List”. A best of album
including 17 radio singles from his three previous solo albums and three new
songs that were released to radio. A video for the song “Better Man” was filmed
in Calgary for CMT.
2006 is the year that Duane released “Ghost Town” . He co- produced the album with recording artist, songwriter, and producer Steve Fox. It was his first time assisting with the production side of the recording process.