BILLY YATES BIO 2020
Billy Yates is a Nashville based, Grammy-nominated, singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by artists such as George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans, Gary Allan, Joe Nichols, Chris Young, John Michael Montgomery, Daryle Singletary, The Oak Ridge Boys, Gene Watson, Rhonda Vincent, Willie Nelson, Leonard Cohen, and more.
Yates also co-wrote the George Jones classics, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” and the Grammy-award winning, “Choices”.
A seasoned entertainer, Billy Yates has performed as a featured artist nearly fifty times on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry. He has also appeared numerous times on the TV show, Larry's Country Diner and Country's Family Reunion.
In addition, Yates also tours Europe extensively where his traditional style of Country Music has created thousands of fans who attend his sold-out concerts in about every European Country. He was recently named the European CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. As an artist, Yates has had 13 number 1 singles on the European charts. Yates holds the distinct honor of being one of the first American artists to perform in China’s former Capitol city, Xian. He is also the first American artist to be featured on the popular, Irish TV documentary, Opry an luir and is the first American artist to record in the traditional Irish Gaelic language.
He currently stars in his own Branson, Missouri stage production, “Billy Yates’ Hit Songwriters in the Round”, at the legendary Shepherd of the Hills Playhouse Theatre in Branson, where Yates brings in two Nashville hit songwriters on select dates to perform their hits and share the stories that inspired them. This UNSCRIPTED, UNPLUGGED, and UNBELIEVABLE show runs three days each week this season thru mid-December. Learn more about the show that was voted "THE BEST OF BRANSON" in 2019 at www.HitSongwritersInTheRound.com.
Billy Yates has released eleven CD’s on his own M.O.D. Record Label, including his latest release, “Melodies and Memories” which was released in 2016.
THE STARS HAVE SPOKEN!
"I love Billy Yates' singing... I think he's one of the best country singers out there!" -- Kenny Chesney
"I just can't say enough about Billy Yates. I think he's a fabulous singer and a fabuous songwriter and someone who is going to be the biggest star!" -- Sara Evans
"When I asked the question, 'Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes', it was before I knew about Billy Yates. When it comes to great country singers and great country songwriters, they don't get any better than Billy. I guess you could say the ol' possum is a Billy Yates fan!" -- George Jones
"When it comes to Billy Yates, he's a hell of a songwriter and a hell of a singer. Keep your eye on him... he's gonna be there!" -- Montgomery Gentry
"I've known Billy Yates for a long time and I'm gonna tell you something... The thing I like about him is he's country, he's proud of it, and he's genuine. What you see with Billy Yates is what you get and what I see, I like a lot!" -- Bill Anderson
"Billy Yates is the real thing baby! If he keeps singing the way he is now, he's gonna be the one that fills the shoes of our great traditional country artists when the time comes. I love what he's doing!" -- Loretta Lynn