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Note-for-note, harmonies and riffs– every song is played live with nothing pre-recorded and to the standard set by McCartney himself in the early 1970s. Below is a look at the talent behind the world’s premier McCartney concert experience.

Yuri Pool as Paul McCartney (Lead vocals, bass, guitar, piano)

Lead singer and performer, Yuri Pool, began his epic musical journey as a little boy in Holland, listening to his dad’s treasured Beatles and Wings records and subsequently requesting a guitar for his 11thbirthday. Completely self-taught, Yuri made his professional musical debut in the UK, when he was cast in a major theatrical Beatles music production that toured the world, which allowed him to learn, experience, and perfect the nuances of Paul McCartney’s legendary music and performance style. After migrating to Canada in 2007, Yuri embarked as an entrepreneur – he single-handedly developed The McCartney Years into a period-true, technically stunning, and sonically explosive production. Whether he’s playing the iconic 1960’s Höfner bass or emulating the same wardrobe from the “Wings over America” mid-70s tour, Yuri is true to Sir Paul’s vocal stylings and presentation showcased in tracks like ‘Live and Let Die’, ‘Let it Be’, ‘The Long and Winding Road’ and ‘Jet’. His commitment to 100% live and accurate reproductions of McCartney’s concert experience and his tireless, passionate work creating and expanding TMY has received accolades from Wings guitarist, Denny Laine, and was famously praised by Beatles promoter, Sid Bernstein, as “the best on the scene today…” Yuri continues to dedicate all his work and time solely to TMY – meticulously studying the detailed essence of Paul’s legacy and the journey that resulted in the brilliance of Rockshow, which has set a new and undeniable precedence for all the other tribute-and-beyond bands of today.

Jennifer Pool as Linda McCartney (Backing vocals, keyboards, percussion)

Jennifer Pool, off-stage and on-stage wife to lead singer, Yuri Pool, was born and raised on a horse farm in Michigan, where she helped train and ride competitive show-jumping and dressage horses. The family farm currently serves as a rescue haven for abandoned and abused animals, including a zebra! Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in biological sciences from Cornell University, and she completed a PhD in public health from Walden University while she acted and modeled in California. She is the author of two children’s books, both of which benefit a slum school she works with in Nairobi, Kenya. Jennifer met Yuri and his sweet 8 year old son, Julian, in Canada in the spring of 2015, and the three of them were married the following year in an intimate ceremony in the mountains of Montana. Leaning heavily on her theatrical background and the musical guidance of the entire band, Jennifer joined The McCartney Years as Linda in the Spring of 2017. Yuri and Jennifer have a dog named “Mac” who was born on Paul McCartney’s birthday, Jennifer shares her birthday with Linda McCartney, and Jennifer and Yuri welcomed a baby girl on August 27, 2017, just a few hours shy of Mary McCartney’s birthday. Some people call that “next-level” commitment!

David Usselman as Denny Laine (Backing vocals, bass, guitar)

During his teen years, David explored many different styles of music and expanded his instrumental palette.  Realizing it would enable him to connive his way into more bands, he picked up bass guitar and began singing outside of the safety of his shower. In pursuit of his broad appreciation and understanding of music, David graduated from Fanshawe College’s Radio Broadcasting program in 2008 in London, Ontario, Canada, and its Music Industry Arts program in 2010. Both times he managed to accrue Academic Honours, as well as awards for Best Producer, and Best Performance. David currently teaches students how to turn their amps up to 11 at Walter’s Music School in London, Ontario. He also writes, records and performs his own original music, having shared the stage with acts such as ‘A Friend In London’, ‘Teenage Kicks’, and ‘Sarah Smith’.

Matt Haché as Jimmy McCullough (Backing vocals, guitar, percussion)

Matt has had music in his life from the young age of 5, when he started piano lessons for the first time. Growing bored of the instrument, he eventually became enamoured with the electric guitar around age 11, forgetting about his days as a young pianist. He was nearly obsessed with the guitar, taking lessons and practicing every day – sometimes up to 6 hours through his teen years. Eventually, Matt made the decision to take the instrument seriously, spending his post-secondary years at Western University’s Popular Music Studies program. While at Western, he played in as many bands and acts as he could think of. He had his hand in many pots, from playing in the pit for musicals such as Rent and Spring Awakening, to opening for Canadian rockers “Monster Truck.” Matt has played many different styles at some point in his life – from Motown to Heavy Metal, from Jazz to Punk. After Western University, Matt went on to study audio production at The Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology. Today, Matt uses his audio production knowledge and guitar prowess to not only play Jimmy’s parts, but make them sound like the real thing. In addition, Matt freelances as a producer, recording engineer, and session musician, and plays in a Pop Punk tribute act called “Dropouts.”

Dean McKey as Joe English (Drums)

Dean – originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Canada – began performing and writing music early in life, while learning to play drums to accompany his musical brother and father in their band. These passions eventually led him to the Music Industry Arts program at London, Canada’s Fanshawe College. In 2010, he graduated on the President’s Honour Roll, receiving the Best Audio in Video award as well as the CARAS MusiCounts Scholarship. Shortly after, he began playing drums for the Juno-nominated band Neverending White Lights. With this band, Dean has shared stages with some of the biggest names in Canadian music, including: Sloan, The Trews, Colin James, Treble Charger, Ron Sexsmith, Andy Kim, Mat Joly (Mobile), and Todd Clark (Pilate). In addition, with Neverending White Lights, Dean has performed live on Much Music, had a #1 music video, and won a Much Music Video Award (Best Independent Video in 2011). His drumming can also be heard on releases by acts including Bed of Stars, David Usselman, and Jessica Allossery.

Scott Wilkinson (Backing vocals, keyboards)

Scott Wilkinson, born and raised in South Western Ontario, Canada, was introduced to the piano at the age of 3. With strong influence from his grandfather, jazz pianist Grant Graham, it was clear at an early age that music would be an important part of his life. At age 9 Scott was accepted to Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts where he studied piano, string bass and vocal music. As a member of the Amabile Boys Choir he performed for the Queen of England at the 1997 Canada Day Celebration in Ottawa, Canada. In 2002 as a member of the St. Paul’s Cathedral choir in London, Ontario he spent a week as the resident choir for St. Paul’s Cathedral London, England. Scott’s pursuit of music lead him to be accepted to Western University in London, Ontario for the string bass. While there he played piano in the Western Jazz Band and later he would audition and be accepted into the Jazz Piano program at Humber College. In 2014 Scott started playing keyboard for Canadian Country Music artist and CCMA Award winner Eric Ethridge. For the last 5 years Scott has been spending time on the road with Eric playing festival stages for crowds upwards of 40,000 people. In July of 2016 Scott and his wife Elizabeth welcomed their daughter Billie (named after his grandfather’s biggest influence, jazz pianist Bill Evans) into the family. Billie has a tremendous love for music and is already spending time at the keys!