Roots Rocker JJ Shiplett Dubbed “One To Watch” With Debut Release “The E.P.”‏

With a passion and reverence for the art of music and performance that has landed him countless descriptions in the media as “one-to-watch”, singer-songwriter and roots rocker JJ Shiplett delivers his signature gravelly and soulful sound to the masses with the February 1st release of “The E.P.”. Available now at iTunes, “The E.P.” is a four-song cut self-penned by Shiplett and co-produced along with friend, mentor and collaborator – Canadian superstar Johnny Reid, with whom Shiplett is currently on tour across the country.

Rugged, raspy and reserved, Shiplett often finds himself drawing comparisons to southern country rocker Chris Stapleton, and keeping with the Grammy winning artist’s laid-back vibe and honest lyricism it’s not difficult to see why. After Reid heard the Alberta-born Shiplett singing on another artist’s track he hunted him down and quickly offered a helping hand, taking him under his wing and working with him to rush “The E.P.” so that it would be ready for the start of the extensive and highly praised cross-country tour on which Reid invited Shiplett to perform.

While Shiplett’s sudden uprising may seem like a fortuitous stroke of luck, he has spent the better part of 12 years working in the music industry; touring incessantly, playing clubs and writing music – telling stories that mean something personal to him, like the uplifting track “Higher Ground” which was written after the devastating Calgary floods. “The E.P.” which debuted at #4 on the Nielsen SoundScan Canadian Country Albums Chart, is the perfect testament to Shiplett’s range and depth as an artist, and to the maturity and perseverance of someone unwilling to compromise on the path they were always meant to follow.

For more information:



1. Darling, Let’s Go Out Tonight

2. Higher Ground

3. Always For You

4. Something To Believe In


What Love Is All About 2016 National Tour w/ Johnny Reid:

February 24 – Cold Lake, AB – Imperial Oil Place

February 25 – Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

February 26 – Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

February 27 – Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

February 29 – Cranbrook, BC – Western Financial Place

March 1 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

March 2 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

March 3 – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

March 5 – Red Deer, AB – Enmax Centrium

March 7 – Brandon, AB – Westman Place

March 8 – Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Auditorium

March 9 – Sault Ste Marie, ON – Essar Centre

March 10 – Sudbury, ON – Sudbury Arena

March 12 – Oshawa, ON – GM Centre

March 13 – Kitchener, ON – Centre in the Square

March 14 – Kitchener, ON – Centre in the Square

March 15 – St. Catharines, ON – Meridian Centre

March 17 – Hamilton, ON – Hamilton Place Theatre

March 19 – Windsor, ON – The Coliseum Caesars Windsor

March 20 – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens

March 21 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall

March 22 – Peterborough, ON – Memorial Centre

March 24 – Kingston, ON – K-Rock Centre

March 26 – Ottawa, ON – TD Place

March 28 – Moncton, NB – Moncton Coliseum

March 29 – Saint John, NB – Harbour Station

March 30 – Sydney, NS – Centre 200

March 31 – Halifax, NS – Scotiabank Metro Centre

April 3 – St. Johns, NL – Mile One Centre

April 4 – Cornerbrook, NL – Cornerbrook Civic Centre

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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