Yelawolf was born in Gadsden, Alabama but moved often throughout his childhood.
His mother was only 15 when she gave birth to him. He is of Cherokee and White American descent.
Michael Wayne Atha
December 30, 1979 (age
Gadsden, Alabama, United States
Yelawolf explained that his father is Cherokee Indian, and that his stage name
is a combination of the Cherokee word "Yela," meaning "sun," and the English word "wolf."
This represents the duality between his intellectual "light" side, he said, and his aggressive,
survivalist "dark" side.
Did You Know
• Yelawolf was homeless at one point in his life living in Berkeley, California.
He specifically spent most of his time at a park in Berkeley known as People's Park.
• In early July 2013, Yelawolf got engaged to his girlfriend singer-songwriter