Bio

Shelley Hamilton


 

Shelley Hamilton is an award-winning, critically acclaimed singer, actor, host and writer.

Her magnificent vocals have been described as “nouveau soul” and have been heard at The Toronto Jazz Festival, and in several of the hugely popular “Classic Albums Live” concerts. She is a regular in clubs and on stages in Toronto, and has also performed in Dubai, Japan, Germany, Holland, the Caribbean, as well as across Canada and the U.S. Shelley was a founding member of the African-Canadian a cappella trio The Delightful Divas and of the new group EVAlution.

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 afrometis.ca

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