Ohio native Jimmy Yeary began playing Bluegrass music as a young boy, honing a skill that would be the soundtrack to his life’s journey. As fate would have it, Yeary says one show in particular stands out in his mind. While playing a concert in Beattyville, Kentucky in 1985, as a wild-eyed, 15- year-old kid, he was introduced to a budding star, Sonya Isaacs–both were playing in family bands at the time. He fell in love on the spot, though lost touch with her afterwards–but more to this story in a moment…
Jimmy moved to Nashville in October 1994 to start his professional music career. His authentic, acoustic-driven sound landed him two major record deals, with Dreamworks and Atlantic records, but they never materialized into their full potential due to regime changes. Disheartened, maybe a little. But you cannot change the course of fate. Yeary put pen to paper and went on to cultivate an illustrious songwriting career that has so far resulted in 7 #1 Country singles and countless top 40 songs, with cuts that include…
George Strait – Cold Beer and Conversation
Randy Travis – Day One
Tim Magraw – I Called Momma ‐ #1 2020
Balsam Range – Richest Man – #1 most played song for 2020.
Joe Diffie – In Another World and If I Lost Her
Kenny Chesney – Till It’s Gone – #1
Kenny Chesney/David Lee Murphy – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright – #1
Sammy Shelor – I’m On To You
Dan Tyminski – I Wish I Didn’t Like the Rain
Rascal Flatts – Why Wait – #1 (A total of 7 cuts by the Flatt’s & 10 Million records sold.)
Martina Mcbride – I’m Gonna Love You Through It – #1
Blake Shelton – Can’t Afford Not To
Billy Droze – When I Get Over You and When Daddy Drank
Jake Owen – Anywhere With You – #1
Lee Brice – I Drive Your Truck – Grammy nominated ACM & CMA #1 song of 2014.
Plus over 20 songs recorded by the famed Isaacc’s.
Speaking of the Isaac’s, in 2009 he was reacquainted with, you guessed it, that beautiful girl he’d met so many years ago in Beattyville. They quickly fell in love and now live in Nashville, where they’re living the dream and raising 3 beautiful children.
Though finding success in mainstream Country music, Yeary’s Bluegrass roots run deep. Along with staying relevant in the industry as a triple threat singing, playing and writing, he spent a short stint with the Lonesome River Band in the 90’s under the direction of Dan Tyminsky. And went on to take over Bluegrass and Country star Marty Raybon’s position as lead singer for the supergroup Shenandoah for over five years. That’s where he met rising star Billy Droze and passed the lead singing torch to him. Little did he know that years later in 2021 he would sign his first Bluegrass recording deal with Billy and his newly founded label RBR Entertainment, finally getting to fulfill a lifelong passion and dream.
Jimmy has just finished recording his first three singles for RBR, with the first release, Bone Dry, available now, and says he is beyond excited to be back home in Bluegrass music. With an all-star band and productions he believes fit like a glove, he looks forward to the opportunity to let the Grass community hear all he has to offer! Stay tuned for more on this future Bluegrass star!