Born in Hobbema, Alberta, Canada, 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. Eventually spotted by management group O'Reilly International, Yellowbird
scored a record deal and released his debut, Life Is Calling My Name
, in November of 2006. The album was a hit, spawning a number of singles and winning Yellowbird
the Aboriginal Entertainer of the Year Award at the 2007 Aboriginal People's Choice Music Awards. In 2007, Yellowbird
's single "Pickup Truck" hit the Top Five, and in 2008 he earned a Juno Award nomination for Canada's best in country music.