Bridging Continents with Country Music: Billy Yates, Recording Artist


Billy Yates: Grammy-Nominated Singer / Songwriter / Recording Artist (George Strait, Kenny Chesney, George Jones)

Prepare for an extraordinary episode of The Jay Franze Show as we welcome the incomparable Billy Yates, a Nashville-based Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, to our studio! With an astounding career spanning decades, Billy has left an indelible mark on the country music industry, and we’re diving deep into his fascinating journey.

From penning timeless hits for country icons like George Strait, Kenny Chesney, and Willie Nelson to co-writing George Jones classics like “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair,” and the Grammy-winning “Choices,” Billy Yates’ songwriting prowess has shaped the heart of country music.

Join us as we uncover Billy’s adventures touring extensively across Europe, where he was crowned the European CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. With an incredible 13 number-1 singles on the European charts, Billy has captured the hearts of fans worldwide with his soulful voice and authentic storytelling.

We’ll explore his remarkable experiences as one of the first American artists to perform in China’s former capital city, Xian, and his groundbreaking appearance on the popular Irish TV documentary Opry an luir. Discover how Billy Yates broke boundaries as the first American artist to record in the traditional Irish Gaelic language, bridging cultures through the power of music.

Not limited to his artistic talents, Billy is a skilled record producer, having worked with major European and Australian artists and producing the final record of country music legend Charley Pride, “Music in My Heart.”

As we delve into his illustrious career, we’ll hear about the honors bestowed upon him, including having a stretch of federal highway named “Billy Yates Highway” in his hometown of Missouri, an acknowledgment of his deep-rooted connections to his community and the impact of his music.

Tune in for a captivating episode filled with compelling stories, unforgettable performances, and a journey through the rich tapestry of country music history. Whether you’re a long-time fan or just getting to know Billy Yates, this episode is a must-listen for anyone who loves the essence of country music’s soul.

Show Information

  • Host: Jay Franze
  • Guest: Billy Yates
  • Recorded: July 31, 2023


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