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Cloverdale Reporter, Entertainment

"Joe Given gets Wired ... Cloverdale is a hotbed of young musical talent, and one of its brightest rising stars will be appearing at a coffee house Friday.

Singer-songwriter Joe Given, 20, has recently taken time off from his university studies to focus on his music career, and to support his new album, So Much More. ..."

Arts Council of Surrey - Spotlight on the Arts

"Joe Given has "So Much More"

Joe Given, a young Canadian singer/songwriter, released his new album, "So Much More". ... The music reflects the theme of the album as it relates to love, heartbreak and self-discovery.  He promotes a message of individuality, believing that, when people are true to themselves, they become "So Much More" ... 

...  (half page write-up is on page 12 of ACS Spotlight on the Arts, January 2013.)

24 hrs Vancouver - Entertainment - Music

Surrey's Joe Given finds his musical style with latest album release

By Joe Leary, Team 1040

In juggling school, acting and music, Surrey’s Joe Given leads a very hectic life for a 20-year-old. With his second album, So Much More, recently released, Joe Leary spent 24 Seconds with the talented singer/songwriter.

24: What inspired you to pursue music?

JG: Music is one of the only arts that are (pretty much) universally appreciated. I’ve always loved music and listening to and creating it is one of my favorite things to do. The magical thing about music is that it moves people. When people write songs, they can write about anything and give that song whatever sound they choose. Songwriting is a powerful way of expressing one’s self and people can often relate. A person’s playlist is the soundtrack to their lives. What keeps me inspired is the idea that music is such an essential part of everyone’s lives and has the power to do such great things. When I get up on stage and connect with the audience it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world. It’s that connection that keeps me going.

24: What was your very first gig and how did it go?

JG: My first gig was a voice recital for my first music school (Heartland School of Music). I got up and performed Fly by Lenny Kravitz. By the time I got on that stage I didn’t want to leave, knowing ‘this is what I want to do.’ I wasn’t nervous, just really excited. I knew that was where I wanted to be and that attitude has never changed.

24: As you’ve matured how have you changed musically?

JG: I have definitely changed musically over the years. When I began performing I was covering a lot of Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra. When I began songwriting it was very much inspired by the style of Jack Johnson and the early Beatles. I’ve gone through many different phases with my music though my current style feels most true to where I want to be. I’m currently inspired by a lot of indie rock and some synth-pop. With anything in life, you’ve got to move forward and keep changing.

24: Tell us about the new album, So Much More.

JG: The message of my album is very much about being true to oneself. Often times people are afraid of being themselves or being different; it’s about breaking away from those fears and letting life unfold as it should. That being said, there are also a lot of love songs. I felt like I finally found a style that I was passionate about and reflected everything I wanted my music to be. The use of synthesizers and organic instruments made the creative process so much more powerful. The few performances I’ve done with my new sound has been energizing and inspiring. My co-producers (Ron Irving and Luke Isaac) and I got to experiment with new sounds and new technologies in building the album’s sound. So Much More is very electronically driven, while also being grounded with organic instruments. This last year has definitely been my favorite creative period thus far. Music is art and art is always changing, so I hope to see my music keep evolving.

24: Who do you view as your musical heroes?

JG: That is a tough question as my songwriting is very much inspired by a lot of different artists ranging from The Beatles to Lady Gaga. My musical style is a mixture between Mumford and Sons and the Black Eyed Peas. My vocal inspirations are Jeff Buckley, Bruno Mars, and Lana Del Rey. I have many inspirations and it is difficult to sum it up into a list.

Peace Arch News - Entertainment - The Scene

Joe Given

Catch a rising star this month at McJac’s Roadhouse Grille.

Acclaimed young singer-songwriter-actor Joe Given will be featured in intimate performances Friday, Dec. 9 and Saturday, Dec. 17 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night) at the restaurant ...

The 19 year-old performer, by day a business management major at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, will showcase his golden voice – and charisma to match – in sets of originals and covers in the pop and R&B idioms (with a little rock and soul thrown in for good measure).

He’s racked up an impressive record of playing more than 400 venues and special events over the past three years, plus a whole raft of awards and scholarships, and has also branched out into acting, this year earning a Community Theatre Coalition nomination for best actor in a leading role in a musical for the role of Schroeder in Surrey Little Theatre’s You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. ...

The Now Newspaper

"Surrey Youth Earn SASSY Awards" - Please see the link above, "The Now Newspaper", for more photos & info about The SASSY Awards.  

Photos below are from the hard copy issue of the The Now Newspaper - Front Page & Page 18.  

Kwantlen News (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Marketing and Communications)

"Two Kwantlen Students Receive SASSY Award for Outstanding Community Service ...      METRO VANCOUVER, BC – (October 24, 2011) They make a difference in their community everyday, and last week, Surrey students John Davidson and Joseph Given were officially recognized for their contributions. The two Kwantlen Polytechnic University students received a SASSY – Service Above Self Surrey Youth – Award, hosted by the Semiahmoo Rotary Club, for making a difference in the community by demonstrating the Club's model of ‘service above self'. ...

Given also knows a thing or two about working hard. The Kwantlen Business student has won numerous music-related awards and has performed at more than 400 events over the past few years. "It's a brilliant feeling to know that what you're doing is the right thing. It was a huge honour to be recognized in a room full of inspiring people who clearly make a difference everyday," says Given, who received the SASSY Performing & Visual Arts Award.

Each award winner received a $500 bursary plus $500 to be donated to the charity of their choice. ...  Given will be making his donation to Free the Children. ... "

August 2011 - Downtown Surrey BIA - "The New View"

Look Magazine (Spring 2011)

Joe Given ... Rising Star

"Making music:  Joe Given, 18 has performed at more than 350 events over the past few years, wowing crowds with his high, clear voice and mix of pop, rock, R&B covers/ originals."  ....

Look Magazine - Aritcle on Joe Given (by Tom Zillich)

Langley Times - Entertainment

Splinters on stage to Dec. 18

....Splinters, an award-winning play from the 2008 “Write On” playwriting competition ...

To round off the evening of original works, local songwriter/musician Joe Given will entertain the audience with a pre-show selection of music.

Given, along with 13 talented youth from the surrounding community star in the ensemble cast of Splinters.  ...

Cloverdale Reporter - Entertainment

Park bench perspective in 'Splinters' 

"The ensemble youth cast of Splinters, a one-act play written and directed by Elyse Maloway, includes Cloverdale singer-songwriter Joe Given.  ...  Dec. 8 to 18 at the Surrey Little Theatre venue ...

Local singer/songwriter Joe Given is joined by 13 actors in the ensemble cast.  

Given will also perform a pre-show selection of music. ..."


"....  On the main stage  .....  and for me the first time seeing our young local phenom Joe Given with the incredible range of his voice and a persona and stage presence that belies his age doing classic covers and making them his own. Watch for more from this fine young talent. …” - Joe Leary - Biz Blog

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.  See website link to article / review: 

The Surrey / North Delta Leader (newspaper)

“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.  See link to article:

Youth in 57 minutes - (article following radio interview)

“... 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 radio interview (Mar 22, 1010) - Posted on April 1, 2010.  See Link to article: 

Langley Advance (newspaper)

“Cloverdale teen offers a sideways point of view … 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 ...”

... Roxanne Hooper - Langley Advance - Friday February 26, 2010

Surrey / North Delta Leader (newspaper)

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

 His talent is a Given ... “

Peace Arch News (newspaper)

“Teenage musician garnering accolades....he’s possessed of a clear, unforced singing voice, a smooth and mature performance style and plenty of charismatic presence.“ “Cloverdale’s Joe Given is making waves with his mature style and gift for song ... 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. ... 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 Mowtown. ... While he has a loyal circle of school friends who come out to ... his coffee house performances ... - also has older generations sitting up and taking notice. It’s no wonder he was a crowd favourite at last year’s successful Vintage Affair wine-tasting fundraiser ...”