You can sum up JJ Shiplett's world with the line above (taken from his song Bluejay Highway). A songwriter in every situation and a dedicated player, JJ's passion for quality music and sincere songs, is only matched by his goal to get everyone dancing. It's CCR to Ryan Adams to the The Boss. Introducing JJ Shiplett.
Recently he was the recipient of Rawlco Radio's 10k20 Grant Program in his hometown of Calgary, Alberta. Following the grant, he recorded his first full length album which will be released April 17th, 2012. Recorded at Five Acres Studios in Aldergrove, B.C. with the help of producer Ryan Mcallister (Dakona, Cowboys and Indians, Maverick Records), the album showcases heartfelt moments full of life experience, right alongside bursts of boisterous feel-good rock and roll. Sometime this spring/summer, JJ Shiplett will be coming to a Canadian city near you to play some new tunes from the album. Stayed tuned for more details.
In 2007, JJ released 'Colours'. It was his first recording released to the publc. Titled for its diverse emotional journey, the album is an honest and expressive portrayal of an artist's heart. Recorded in the basement of a Calgary church with the help of producer Adam Gill and Jason Graham (Barrage, Shane Yellowbird), the album was followed with shows across Canada. JJ opened for Canadian artist such as Jeremy Fisher, Zaac Pick and Hello Beautiful, as well as for international artists such as Thomas McCleary of The Commodores.
In 2009 JJ started a society with friend, Daniel Huscroft called "The Hus and Banger Society For Kids Who Can't Afford Musical Instruments" The title says it all. With a desire to help Canadian kids whose families might not be able to purchase quality instruments to help them learn the fundamentals and to assist in the learning of one of life's most important aspects, art.