Where in the world is Hines Creek. North of Grande Prairie,
north of Fairview says Duane Steele, a Canadian Country Music Association
nominee for Male Vocalist of the Year.
Ask him the population of his hometown and he says "On a Saturday night?" And
then he answers himself. "450," he says.
Steele may have grown up in a small town, but his family's house was bursting
at the seams.
"Ten of us, 10 brothers and sisters," he says. "It was insane!"
But looking back, he says his growing up years were good training for the
patience needed to get to the top in the country music scene.
Steele can't remember a time when he didn't love music ... and
"I was a Canadian boy growing up in a small town, so of course I played
hockey," he says adding that for awhile he thought his career might be on the
He first performed in public in a talent contest at the age of nine, but his
first love continued to be hockey. Only in his late teens did he choose music
over the puck and except for a year or two as a trucker and sometime
reforester, he has made music his life.
After paying his dues in bars and honky-tonks all across Canada and after
co-writing Michelle Wright's hit Guitar Talk, he put out his first CD, P.O. Box
423, last February.
It's a combination of ballads like The Trouble with Love, rambunctious songs
like Anita Got Married and quirky ditties like Two Names On An Overpass. All
are love songs.
"Yes, I do think male country singers are singing a lot more love songs now,"
he says. "Maybe in the past it wasn't quite so easy for men to show that kind
Steele, along with Shania Twain, Terri Clark and Lisa Brokop, have aided in the
Canadian conquest of Nashville.
"Of course it's exciting and I am very proud to be a Canadian."