Canada's Folk Songwriter of the Year
Since first planting roots within the Canadian music scene in 2011, Ken Yates has steadily grown a reputation as one of the country’s brightest singer/songwriters. His sound offers the complete package—unforgettable melodies, emotionally charged storytelling, and top-notch guitar chops—all gloriously displayed on his new album, "Huntsville." Everywhere on the album, echoes of the Canadian songwriting tradition, from Gordon Lightfoot to Bruce Cockburn to Ron Sexsmith, are apparent, proving that with "Huntsville," Ken Yates is ready to join that exalted company. A native of London, Ontario (a few hours’ drive south of Huntsville), Ken studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. “At this point, touring still feels fresh to me, and at least half the songs on 'Huntsville' came out of experiences I’d had on the road,” he says. Ken Yates is a rare example of someone who, from the beginning, had clear intentions when he embraced the troubadour life, and the combined drive and talent to make it a reality. He was named Songwriter of the Year at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards.