Billy Yates At Grand Ole Opry
Born into a musical family, country singer Billy Yates began singing with his father on a radio program in his hometown of Doniphan, MO. He grew up on a farm, which the whole family depended on for their livelihood and nourishment. As a young boy, Yates spent his time listening to Jim Reeves, Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb, and Buck Owens. After high school, Yates received his barber’s license and spent the next few years cutting hair during the day and playing music by night. At age 24, he made the big move to Nashville and signed a publishing deal. His first cut as a songwriter was the song “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair” for country legend George Jones’s 1992 album Walls Can Fall. His song “Choices,” which was also sung by George Jones earned Yates and co-writer Mike Curtis a Grammy nomination. In 2001, Yates decided to form his own label, M.O.D. and continued to release 8 albums over the next 10 years. Yates continues to write and record his own music under his label.