Lori Yates

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Lori Yates
OriginOshawa, Ontario, Canada
GenresCountry, bluegrass, alternative rock
Occupation(s)singer, songwriter
Years active1986–present
LabelsColumbia Nashville, Virgin Canada

Lori Yates is a Canadian country music singer and songwriter.


Early career[edit]

Yates early music career was with Toronto-area bands such as Rang Tango, Senseless and The Last Resorts.[citation needed]

Yates was influenced by varied artists including Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, and Pink Floyd.[1]


Yates became a Nashville-based artist on the Columbia Records Nashville label. Her debut album Can't Stop the Girl was released worldwide in 1989. She was nominated for a Juno Award in 1990 as Best Female Country Vocalist, and was also nominated for a CCMA Award. She toured with such artists as Big Sugar, Steve Earle, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Dwight Yoakam. Co-writers during this time included Guy Clark, Don Schlitz and Matraca Berg.

Yates recorded the duet "Brother To Brother" with Gregg Allman for his album No Stranger to the Dark: The Best of Gregg Allman and on the soundtrack to the Patrick Swayze film Next of Kin.

She later signed with Virgin Music Canada and released her second album Breaking Point in 1994, a collection of roots, rock and soul. Rick Danko (The Band) and Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) appeared as guest vocalists. She later toured with Blue Rodeo, Jann Arden, Colin James and Faith Hill. In 1996, Yates released her second Virgin Music Canada album Untogether, a complete musical departure into melodic trip-hop with Toronto's Opium Concepts. The album was recorded at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario.

During this time period, she also contributed vocals to numerous songs for the gothic-oriented sci-fi television show Forever Knight, eight of which later appeared on the series' two soundtrack volumes.[citation needed]


In 1998, Yates formed Hey Stella! with bassist Bazil Donovan of Blue Rodeo, David Baxter and Michelle Josef. The band remains active following the released of their 1999 self-titled CD. They won NOW Magazine's "Favourite Band" 2000.

She moved to Hamilton, Ontario with her family in 2002,[2] where she produced the 2007 album The Book of Minerva with artists such as Bazil Donovan, Justin Rutledge and Tom Wilson.

She won "Songwriter of the Year" and Alternative Country Recording of the Year" at the 2007 Hamilton Music Awards on 18 November 2007.[3]

She played with late Brian Griffith,(Daniel Lanois, Emmy-lou Harris, Willie Nelson), Mike Eastman (Ronnie Hawkins), Jack Pedler (Teenage Head) and many notable Hamilton musicians. She is an original member of power pop/punk band The Eveyln Dicks with Chris Houston (The Forgotten Rebels) and Buckshot Bebee, Jimmy Vapid (The Vapids) and Cleave Anderson (Battered Wives, Blue Rodeo). She is the creator/ producer of popular variety shows: Johnny Cash - The Original Punk, & Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad with The Nashville Rejects (Steve Miller, Ted Hawkins) as the back up band . She is the creator/producer of popular on-going 6 week songwriting workshop which combines group work, studio recording and live performance - The Creative Genius Songwriting Workshop. Yates has gained a solid reputation as a photographer with her i-phone6, . As part of the i-phoneography movement, she shoots under the tag of #crazyates_xoxo. Has had 3 successful exhibitions: Killer Tomatoes, Hamilton’s Finest Female Vocalists, 2015 Framed, Hamilton Musicians & Creative Class, photo exhibit, 2014 Disappearing Hamilton, photo exhibit, 2013

"Sweetheart of the Valley" is Lori's 7th studio album. Released late Oct. 2015, it is receiving critical acclaim as Yates' best work yet. Recorded at Knob & Tube Toronto, QED Media and This Ain't Hollywood, Hamilton, she enlisted Hey Stella! (David Baxter, Bazil Donovan, Michelle Josef) as the recording band.[4] Additional musicians include; Steve Wood - pedal steel, Stephen Miller - guitar. Rita Chiarelli, Terra Lightfoot, and Ginger St. James are among a choir of back-ground vocals.

Grants and Awards

City of Hamilton Arts Award - Established Artist 2014 Ontario Arts Council - Songwriting Grant, 2014 Hamilton Spectator People's Choice Awards 2012 - Favourite Female Vocalist, silver Songwriter of the Year, Hamilton Music Awards 2007 Alternative Country Recording of the Year, Hamilton Music Awards 2007 for "The Book Of Minerva" Ontario Arts Council - Recording Grant, 2007 SOCAN Award for No. 1 song "Usure De Jours" NOW Magazine "Best Band" Readers Poll -2000 Kensington Market Community Awards - Best Female Artist - 1993 Juno Award nomination 1990 Canadian Country Music Association nomination 1990



Year Title Peak chart
CAN Country CAN
1989 Can't Stop the Girl 26 51
1994 Breaking Point
1996 Untogether
2007 The Book of Minerva
2015 Sweetheart of the Valley
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
CAN Country CAN AC CAN US Country
1988 "Scene of the Crime" 51 77 Can't Stop the Girl
1989 "Promises, Promises" 45 78
1994 "Make a Liar Out of Me" 59 15 81 Breaking Point
"Li'l Darlin'" 32
"Rebel Angel" 38
1997 "Lost Highway" 46 42 Untogether
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Rang Tango[edit]

  • Rang Tango (1987)

Hey Stella![edit]

  • Hey Stella! (1999)

Guest appearances[edit]


Contributed a duet with Gregg Allman titled "Brother To Brother"

Contributed vocals to "The Hunger", "Black Rose", "Touch The Night", "Dark Side of the Glass" and the intro to the Queen of Harps suite

Contributed the recording "The Future Is Here"

  • Forever Knight - More Music from the Original Television Soundtrack (1999)

Contributed vocals to "The Night Calls My Name", "Heart of Darkness" and "Destiny's Edge"

Compilations and tributes[edit]

Contributed a cover of the Neil Young composition "Helpless"

  • Classic Country, Vol. 5 (2000)

Contributed the recording "Scene of the Crime"

Features Allman and Yates' duet "Brother To Brother" from the Next of Kin soundtrack


  1. ^ "Greater Hamilton Musician Annual 2013". issuu. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  2. ^ "Lori Yates | Lori Yates | Biography". loriyates.com. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  3. ^ "2007 Dofasco Hamilton Music Awards Winners". Hamilton Music Awards. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-01-12. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
  4. ^ from an interview on Americana Music Show #282, published January 19, 2016

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