Shane Yellowbird was a Cree-Canadian country music singer-songwriter, his “Pickup Truck” was one of the year’s ten most played country songs.
Shane Yellowbird: Cause of Death, Net Worth 2022, Age
Yellowbird released his debut album, Life Is Calling My Name, in 2006. The album includes the singles “Beautiful Concept,” “They’re All About You,” “Pickup Truck” and “I Remember the Music.”
In November 2006, Yellowbird won three awards at the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards ceremony, including Best New Artist, Single of the Year (“Beautiful Concept”) and Best Video (“Beautiful Concept”).
Shane Yellowbird Cause of Death
Cree-Canadian singer-songwriter Shane Yellowbird passed away Monday in Calgary at the age of 42, his family confirmed.
“It’s been a shock,” his sister Carmen Yellowbird said Tuesday.
“We’re just trying to support each other and be there for each other. We have people across Canada contacting us, in the States.
“We’re just trying to process this.”
The country music star was best known for his song “Pickup Truck,” one of the 10 most-played country music songs in 2007.
His second album It’s About Time was released in 2009, featuring the single “Bare Feet on the Blacktop.”
Shane grew up in Maskwacis, south of Edmonton, and went to Ponoka Composite High School.
“He struggled as a kid with stuttering,” Carmen recalled. “My mom had put him in speech therapy and that’s where he started singing.
“He went to a speech therapist and they told him to, when he can’t get out the words he was trying to communicate, just to sing it.”
Carmen is convinced this is where his love of music was sparked.
He grew up to become an award-winning artist, serving as an inspiration to Indigenous youth.
“Shane was our golden boy. He made me, as the older sister, so proud,” Carmen said. “My dad and my mother were so proud of him. Our family, Maskwacis as a whole, was so proud of him. The First Nations community across Canada was so proud of him.”
Shane received the Rising Star Award at the Canadian Country Music Awards in 2007 and three Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards that same year.
Net Worth 2022
His debut album, Life is Calling My Name, was released that year. He was also named Best New Artist, Single of the Year (Beautiful Concept), and Best Video at the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards ceremony in November 2006.
Shane had an estimated net worth of $3 million at the age of 42. He has been professionally involved in music since 2006.
The man best known for the 2007 song Pickup Truck, his cheerful dimples and overcoming a stuttering condition to become a Canadian star, was 42 years old. His cause of death has not been released.
“I was just charmed by him and his talent spoke for itself,” said Louis O’Reilly, who signed Yellowbird to his record label in 2003.
O’Reilly learned of Yellowbird’s death Tuesday morning and called several close friends to confirm. The manager knew his former artist had epilepsy and sometimes suffered seizures, but he did not know how Yellowbird died.
“He had a tremendous voice and a tremendous charisma, and kind of a shyness and an ‘aww shucks’ bashfulness that people saw in him and gravitated to him for that reason,” O’Reilly said.
“I never signed Shane because he was Indigenous. I signed Shane because of his talent. But the Indigenous community obviously embraced him and we were very grateful for Indigenous programs that brought him to the forefront.”
Yellowbird was a “sincere cowboy” who always stayed humble through growing notoriety and he liked quiet family time, O’Reilly explained. The pair parted ways in 2013, and Yellowbird hadn’t released any music since then.
Tributes to the singer from family and friends started pouring in on Facebook Monday night.
“He called me lil Sis and I called him Bro, we were just 2 Rez kids that decided to go for it and we’d behave as such whenever we saw each other,” wrote fellow Indigenous singer Crystal Shawanda.
“You will be missed by so many, buddy,” wrote country singer Aaron.
“He always believed in me as an artist and songwriter, long before a lot of people. A truly beautiful soul,” wrote country artist Aaron.