Joe Passion Biography

Originally from Toronto Canada, Joe has been a tribute artist for the past 8 years doing homage to Jerry Lee Lewis, John Lennon and Barry Manilow.

Passion’s portrayal of “The Killer” combines the energy and excitement of Jerry Lee Lewis with the humor and bravado of Dennis Quaid, featured in the film Great Balls Of Fire! Passion recreates the fifties and seventies eras of this rock and roll legend, with real fire and piano pounding expertise.

For Lennon, Joe honors the icon by playing guitar and performing songs from the Beatle Catalog such as “Twist and Shout,” “Revolution,” “Hard Days Night” and “Help” as well as classics from John’s solo years like “Imagine,” “Starting Over,” “Woman” and “Stand By Me.” Passion’s Barry Manilow tribute features all-time-favorites like “I Write the Songs,” “Mandy” and “Copa” plus more up-tempo hits, such as “Bandstand,” “New York City Rhythm” and “It’s a Miracle.”

Joe has toured across the USA, Canada, Australia, the Caribbean and Europe in a variety of tribute style shows.

In his early days Passion performed as opening act for: THE WHO, PROCAL HAREM, THE BAND, JOHNNY WINTER, SHA-NA-NA, POCO and JIM MESSINA.

Passion has recorded original songs for the following labels; A&M, K-TEL, CASINO RECORDS, SMILE RECORDS & ARCTIC EAGLE and has songs published with; WARNER CHAPPELL, MUSICAL FRIENDS & GIBBON MUSIC.

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Her first CD, “Feeling Good”, was released in 2004 at The Glenn Gould Studio, and featured a bevy of Toronto’s top jazz musicians backing her on a collection of original songs and the classic title track written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse. A lush video was shot in Costa Rica to support the single “Cali Alone” and Shelley transformed the album into a one-woman show that debuted to rave reviews at the Atlantic Fringe and Hamilton Fringe Festivals.

Shelley was the featured vocalist on Robert Michaels’ 2003 Juno Award-winning album “Allegro” and on the album “One World” by Jamie Bonk, which won Album of the Year and Best Instrumental Album – Acoustic at NAR Lifestyle Music Awards. She was honoured by a repeat invitation from the Canadian High Commission to return to the Caribbean for a jazz tour of the islands in 2006, including the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival in Jamaica, the Sugar Hill Resort in Barbados, and at jazz concerts and workshops in Trinidad in 2006 and 2007. During the summer, she is the featured host for international talent for Harbourfront’s Westjet Stage in Toronto.

Her broadcast credits include singing, voice work, and acting for CBC, CBC Radio, Treehouse TV, CTV, and The Comedy Network.

#ScotianToTheCore, Shelley is always thrilled to be “down home” to work, performing in the Africville Suite concert with Joe Sealy at Neptune Theatre, for the 25th anniversary of the Black Cultural Centre, in the play “Refuge” with Stage East Theatre Company in 2013, and at the opening of the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre in Birchtown, Nova Scotia in 2015.

Shelley’s passion is to uncover, recount and celebrate the lives and stories of forgotten Canadians. Shelley wrote and toured “A New Hope” a one-woman play about the first Black communities in Canada, and is a winner of the African Nova Scotian Music Association’s Artist of the Year for her writing and her CD and song “Connected”.

In early 2018 she co-produced the first concert celebrating African and Indigenous roots in Nova Scotia featuring celebrated artists including Chris White and George Elliot Clarke. Learn more about this unique project at

Shelley Hamilton Website