Thursday, August 02, 2007

Canyon, Yellowbird lead country music nominees

Established country music stars including George Canyon, Emerson Drive and Paul Brandt have racked up multiple nominations for this year's Canadian Country Music Awards, but upstart singer Shane Yellowbird stole the spotlight Wednesday with an impressive five nods for a debut disc.

The Alberta-bred cowboy says he can barely believe he's up for coveted prizes including independent male artist of the year and the Chevy rising star award so soon after arriving on the music scene.

The Cree artist, originally from the small community of Hobbema, Alta., released his debut album, Life is Calling My Name, in November after getting his first taste of performing through a string of karaoke contests five years ago.

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