Joe Given
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Joe Given

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada | SELF

Surrey, British Columbia, Canada | SELF
Band Pop Singer/Songwriter


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"Cloverdale teen offers a sideways point of view"

Joe Given, 17, will perform a few of his new tunes from his debut album on March 2 at McBurneys. .... it seems fitting to celebrate the young man's triumphs in the industry, his passion for music, and especially his new 11-song CD, during the first of the newly rescheduled Foodbank Tuesdays on March 2, said event organizer and host Elie Bryan Nelson. .... This youngster first came to the attention of many readers ... (Young musician pays it forward in song July 3, 2007, Langley Advance) when he joined the Pay It Forward campaign with the release of his single The Little Things, which was inspired by his view that more kindness and compassion is needed to make the world a better place. ... the Grade 12 student, a prolific songwriter, mixes R&B, pop, and folk-rock influences ...

by Roxanne Hooper - Roxanne Hooper, Langley Advance - Friday Feb 26, 2010

"15-year-old singer has a smooth, unforced performance style"

It's not hard to see why singer-guitarist Joe Given draws attention wherever he sits down with a microphone and one of his prized Gibsons.
A young looking 15, he's possessed of a clear, unforced singing voice, a smooth and mature performance style and plenty of charismatic presence.
Not rooted in self-conscious teenage angst and rebellion, his upbeat music - both originals and covers - crosses a lot of boundaries, from pop-rock to jazzy tunes, from folkish-sounding songs to a bit of Motown.
... his sound and his playlist - including such favorites as Stairway to Heaven, Imagine, Let Be, Under the Boardwalk, Unchained Melody, Only You and a slew of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly hits - also has older generations sitting up and taking notice.
It's no wonder he was a crowd favorite at last year's successful Vintage Affair wine-tasting fundraiser at Hazelmere Golf and Country Club - and he didn't find the crowded venue intimidating in the least.
"Vintage Affair was great - it was an awesome venue and lots of people," said Given, who while quiet, is also affable and self-possessed.
"I honestly find the more people there are at an event, the m ore comfortable I am."
... In 2006 and 2007 alone, he performed at the Merritt Mountain Music Festival, White Rock's Spirit of the Sea Festival, the Miss BC World pageants, the West Coast Women's Show, Ocean Park Days, the Surrey Shines showcases organized by the Youth Arts Council of Surrey and the Then and Now and Moving On shows featuring the Vaudevillians, who chose him to receive the Fran Dowie Vaudevillian Bursary in January of last year.
He's also scored first in a number of talent contests, culminating in first place in the Clayton Idol competition at his school, Clayton Heights Secondary.
... I'm hoping I can make a living in music," Given says.
"It's not always the way life works but it would be nice. but my goal in life is to use my music to help world peace - one of my songs off the CD, The Little Things, is completely about that. By Alex Browne - Surrey / North Delta Leader - March 16, 2008

"Joe Leary - Cloverdale Musician Joe Given Releases Debut Album at Age 17"

Cloverdale Musician Joe Given Releases Debut Album at Age 17
At just seventeen years of age, Joe Given is clearly beginning to hone his musical chops as his ever-growing network of fans similarly expands.
And with a musical maturity that truly belies his youth, it’s clear that this is one kid that was destined to perform.
… The Cloverdale teen recently released a full-length CD, Sideways Point of View, further showcasing his musical chops; all the while displaying a maturity and sensitivity simply beyond his years.
… This kid is good. You can see for yourself on ...
Joe Leary - April 6, 2010.
Link to article:
- Joe Leary - April 6, 2010

"A Given perspective ... His seemingly effortless, pop/rock style ..."

“A Given perspective
New album, high school graduation - things are moving forward for Cloverdale crooner
... Many may be familiar with Given and his sound from his frequent performances ... And now that
he’s released a new album, Sideways Point of View, fans can listen to him wherever they choose.
… His seemingly effortless, pop/rock style
includes songs such as Falling For You, So Many Reasons and Gotta Get Over You.”
Sheila Reynolds - The Surrey / North Delta Leader - Friday April 2, 2010
Link to article: - Sheila Reynolds - The Surrey / North Delta Leader - Friday April 2, 2010

"In the Spotlight ... Perennial audience favorite, Joe Given ..."

Full Page Photo of Joe performing - on the Front Cover of the "Spotlight on the Arts" newsletter - February 2008 issue.

Inside front cover states: "On the cover: Perennial audience favorite, Joe Given performing in Surrey Shines 2006. At Surrey Shines 2007, Joe was awarded the Fran Dowie Vaudevillian Bursary - Spotlight on the Arts - February 2008 issue

"Perspectives -15 year old singer-songwriter Joe Given (above), who charmed guests ..."

..... Helping make Vintage Affair an enjoyable evening were: .... ; 15 year old singer-songwriter Joe Given (above), who charmed guests with his voice and original songs; .....

- Peace Arch News - Nov. 2007

"Surrey Shines again ! ..."Last year's hit Joe Given ..."

"Last year's hit Joe Given with his version of "Crazy LIttle Thing Called Love".
(On the inside of front cover, under Joe's picture) - Spotlight on the Arts - Jan 2007

"Arts: Then and Now - Joe Given, who won a Vaudevillian scholarship after his performances at Surrey Shines...-"

... Young Joe Given, who won a Vaudevillian scholarship after his performances at Surrey Shines in January, will sing an Elvis song to bring the show into the 50's, .... ... and Given will come back crooning Michael Buble's Feeling Good.
.... "The Vaudeveillians are a great group of people," said given, a Grade 9 student at Clayton Heights Secondary. "They're very fun ... they rock, it's so inspiring."
by Sheila Reynolds - Surrey North Delta Leader - Apr, 2007

"Young musician pays it forward in song"

Fourteen year old Joe Given has just released a song talking about how a simple act of kindness can make such a giant difference in other people's lives.
The Cloverdale youngster, who has been writing and performing his songs for the past four years, released a three song CD two weeks ago. One song in particular, The Little Things, was inspired by his view that more kindness and compassion is needed to make the world a better place. ..... Music, and particularly his ability to play guitar and write songs, has helped this Grade 9 student from .... get through some of the ups and downs of life .... Very much a contemplative individual with an incredibly caring heart, Joe sought to turn a few bad experiences in his life into something positive.
He did that through his music. ..... He's performed at almost a 100 different events in the past few years, including many charity functions and the Merritt Mountain Music Festival.
In fact, this young man has been invited back to Merritt, performing next week on the Little Big Stage on Friday - the same night as singing sensations Reba McEntire and Carrie Underwood. by Roxanne Hooper - Langley Advance - July 3, 2007

"“... we had potential teen heart-throb Joe Given in studio.""

“... we had potential teen heart-throb Joe Given in studio.
At 17, this kid has already proven that he has keen pop sensibilities and
I figure it’s only a matter of time before teenage girls are crying when they
see him walking down the red carpet. ...
His songs are short, sweet, and satisfyingly predictable,
reminiscent of something that would probably dominate Top 40 Pop Radio. ...
Joe attacks his relationships with an unwavering realism. ... Already,
he has surpassed most expectations one could have for a 17 year old.
Now, I’ll continue to play Joe’s tracks ...”
- Jamie Cessford - music coordinator of Youth in 57 minutes ( Recap of Mar 22, 2010 radio i


Joe Given - LP: "Sideways Point of View" 2010
11 song CD, containing the following original songs:
"Falling For You", "I Believe in You", "Time", "Gotta Get Over You", "Dance Till the Break of Dawn", "So Many Reasons", "Friends", "Goodbye, Have a Nice Life", "Let Go", "A few words from Joe", "Home", and a "A Bigger Circle".
All above songs ©, 2009, Joe Given and Janet Given. All rights reserved.
All above songs available on the CD as well as on iTunes
For songwriting and producing credits, please visit

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Joe Given - EP: "Every Day" 2007
3 song EP, containing the following original songs:
"The Little Things", "Wherever You Are", and "Every Day" (These 3 songs were recorded when Joe was only 14.)

All above songs ©, 2007, Joe Given and Janet Given. All rights reserved.
For songwriting and producing credits, please visit

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Joe Given
Joe turns 19 in July, 2011 & is a singer, songwriter, performer, from Surrey, BC, Canada. He's won numerous music related awards, and recently was presented with the Artistic Achievement Award, from The Canadian Club of Vancouver, at the Canada SOARS Awards, 2010. He also won a Dogwood District Authority Award Scholarship, for excelling in the area of music, (awarded in Oct, 2010).

* * * Please note that Joe now has a NEW EPK, which is replacing this EPK site. For Updates on Joe, his music, videos & Upcoming Show Listings etc., please visit Joe's NEW EPK: * * *

Joe's Album: "Sideways Point of View", is available on iTunes, & was recorded in 2008 & 2009. Since then, his voice & style have evolved & he's written many new songs. He's currently working toward his next CD.

Joe also has some live performance music videos on YouTube - see .

He was selected as one of the BC Musicians included in the Music BC promotional material, which was presented by Music BC, (on behalf of the BC Music Industry), at the Canadian Music Mission to Asia: a music trade mission to Japan, November, 2008.

Joe’s style is a mix of pop, rock, R&B, and Soul. His live performances (over 370 of them), range from 5 minutes, to 3 hours long, and often include cover songs and originals.

Joe has been a judge on panels for various music related shows and events, including: auditions for Surrey Shines 2009 and 2010. He was also one of the judges for City Jam in Surrey, on March 27, 2010.

Joe also has a keen interest in acting & has had roles in High School plays as well as Community Theatre Productions. He recently played Schroeder, in the musical: 'You're a Good Man Charlie Brown', which ran from Feb 3-26, 2011, (15 shows), at the Surrey Little Theatre. See on the shows page for more details.

His musical influences include The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Metric, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, and many others.

Joe is attending University, and is balancing studies, with his continuing passion for singing, songwriting & performing. He loves working with music in ways that help make a positive difference.


Eight nights of playing a 30 min. pre-show selection of music, for the play, 'Splinters', at the Surrey Little Theatre, Dec 8-18, 2010.
Grand Opening reception for the Newton Cultural Centre, in Surrey, Oct 2010.
He did a Showcase at the Vancouver Island Music Business Conference, June 2010.
The 2010 Canada SOARS Awards, through the Canadian Club Vancouver
Surrey 2010 Celebration Site at Holland Park
For the Luv of it Inspiration 2010 (at the Michael J Fox Theatre)
Surrey Shines 2010 (at the Surrey Arts Centre)
The YMCA Power of Peace Awards, Nov 23-09
The Railway Club, Vancouver - with IPO (International Pop Overthrow), Aug 26-09
For the Luv of It, Youth, 2009, (at the Granville Island Stage), 09
Vancouver City Limits - at the Beaumont Stage, Vancouver, 09
Summer Entertainment on Granville Island, Vancouver (SEGI performer), 2009 & 2010.
Surrey Children’s Festival 08 & 09
Spirit of the Sea Festival in White Rock, BC, 06, 07, 08 & 09.
Various Canada Day Celebrations, Langley and Vancouver, 05, 06, 08, 09
Numerous events through the Cities of Surrey, and Langley 07, 08, 09, 10
Numerous shows at the Surrey Arts Centre, Surrey BC, 06, 07, 08, 09
The Merritt Mountain Music Festival 06 & 07;
Miss B.C. World Pageants 06 & 07;
West Coast Women’s Show 06 & 07 (with Pizzazz International);
Peace in the City Concert (part of World Peace Forum);
World Kindness Concert in 05;
National Anthems at many official opening ceremonies, 06, 07, 08, 09
Weddings, and numerous festivals, shows, community events, charitable fundraisers, private events & more ....


1. The Little Things” ©, is on track 13 of the “Make a Case Against Racism” compilation CD, which was presented by the BC Ministry of Attorney General and Minister responsible for Multiculturalism (, and administered by Music BC (, in 2008.

2. “Every Day” ©, is on the Robbie Tucker Compilation Album for Parkinson's Awareness; Presented by “Musicians Against Parkinson’s” - 2008 . It was also awarded as one of the 2 winners on the album. See (

3. “A Bigger Circle” ©, will be one of the songs, on the “Dream On !” website (coming soon), which will include music in alignment with the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals of peace and justice, freedom, love and peaceful empowerment.

4. “Home” ©, was placed on the “Honorable Mentions” list, in the International, Independent Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA), Song Contest, 2008

5. “Home” ©, was one of the songs chosen to be included on the 2009 Music BC Compilation CD. (

6. “Home” ©, was pr