Shella



“Africadian Scotian”- Nova Scotia born, but Toronto based, Shelley is an award-winning artist (Juno, ANSMA) & vital part of the music scene both in Toronto and the East Coast, producing and managing her new band “Shella” with partner Stella Panacci. She is as well immersed in the Afro-Metis culture, working to preserve history through music and song.

Stella Panacci, a native of Toronto, got her start in the scene as a 90’s indie pop drummer and singer for the band Kat Rocket, going on to start her own record label, Hoodwink Records. At 23, she released 5 albums and went on to co-win the Grand Prize national songwriting competition for Standard Radio. Her songs have been featured in film and television shows on the USA Network and in CBC productions, such as Degrassi: The Next Generation.

After falling in love with Drake’s song, “Going Home,” Shelley decided to try her own spin on this iconic song, revamping it into a country/dance hall version sung from a female perspective. With the help of musicians Ben Healey & Tim Bovaconti, she was able to bring her vision to life. This release is the debut single for “Shella”, with their debut album soon to follow.

Bovaconti is a legendary Canadian musician, multi-instrumentalist and consummate producer, best known for his guitar work supporting Burton Cummings, Ron Sexsmith, and The Satellites, among many other Canadian acts.

Tim Bovaconti, Shelley Hamilton, and Stella Panacci have spent most of the winter woodshedding and recording the 11 songs that Shelley and Stella wrote, arranged and sang for their upcoming debut album. The album, Shella, is a well-balanced listening cocktail that combines just the right amount of folk rock, soul, and psychedelia that will keep you coming back for more!

Stay tuned for the debut release of Shella, due for release fall 2018.