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Lori Yates

Lori Yates
Origin Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Country
Alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer/Songwriter
Years active 1986 – Present
Labels Columbia Nashville
Virgin Music Canada

Lori Yates (born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian Juno Award-nominated country music singer and songwriter.


  • Biography 1
    • Early career 1.1
    • Nashville 1.2
    • Present 1.3
  • Discography 2
    • Albums 2.1
    • Singles 2.2
    • Rang Tango 2.3
    • Hey Stella! 2.4
    • Guest appearances 2.5
    • Soundtracks 2.6
    • Compilations & Tributes 2.7
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Early career

Lori Yates early music career was with Toronto-area bands such as The Last Resorts (new wave/punk) and Rang Tango (cowpunk/alternative country).


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. The album was produced by Colin Linden and John Whynot. 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.


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.

She moved to Hamilton, Ontario with her family 5 years ago, 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.[1]

She plays with Brian Griffith,(Daniel Lanois),Pete Sisk (Good Brothers) and Nick Burson as well as guitarist/singer/songwriter Duane Rutter and pedal steel player Steve Wood (Steve Parkinson and The Stoney Lonesome) as well as honky-tonk band The Nashville Rejects (Steve Miller, Ted Hawkins)and The Drugstore Cowboys (with Duane Rutter,Steve Wood and others). She has also developed and runs a very successful songwriting workshop - The Creative Genius Songwriting Workshop and is fast gaining renown and critical acclaim for her photography with shows ongoing throughout North America. Yates is working a novel and a stand-up routine.



Year Album Chart Positions
CAN Country CAN
1989 Can't Stop the Girl 26 51
1994 Breaking Point
1996 Untogether
2007 The Book of Minerva


Year Single Chart Positions Album
CAN Country CAN AC CAN US Country
1988 "Scene of the Crime" 77 Can't Stop the Girl
1989 "Promises, Promises" 45 78
1994 "Make a Liar Out of Me" 59 81 Breaking Point
"Li'l Darlin'" 32
"Rebel Angel" 38
1997 "Lost Highway" 46 42 Untogether

Rang Tango

  • Rang Tango (1987)

Hey Stella!

  • Hey Stella! (1999)

Guest appearances


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 & Tributes

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. ^ "2007 Dofasco Hamilton Music Awards Winners". Hamilton Music Awards. November 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 

External links

  • Lori Yates Official Web Site
  • Forever Knight soundtrack information
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