BILLY YATES BIO 2022
Billy Yates is a Nashville based, Grammy-nominated, singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by artists such as George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Chris Young, Sara Evans, Gary Allan, Joe Nichols, John Michael Montgomery, Daryle Singletary, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Chesnutt, Gene Watson, Sammy Kershaw, Doug Stone, 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 also tours Europe extensively where he was recently named the European CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. With 13 number 1 singles on the European charts. Here at home, Yates has been featured on the world-famous Grand Ole Opry 50 times and has also appeared on TV shows such as Larry’s Country Diner and Country’s Family Reunion. In addition, Billy 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.
As a record producer, Yates has produced a number of major European and Australian artists, plus a few US artists including country music legend, Charley Pride's last record, "Music in My Heart".
Yates was recently honored by his home state of Missouri as they named a stretch of federal highway that runs through his hometown the "Billy Yates Highway".
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