NAME: VaShawn Mitchell
DATE OF BIRTH: November 19, 1976
ORIGIN: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
OCCUPATION: Singer, Songwriter
VaShawn Mitchell is an American gospel singer and songwriter. He has produced several Stellar Award-winning projects and songs for Grammy Award winners such as Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Smokie Norful.
Mitchell began working with mentor Lonnie Hunter at St. Mark Baptist Church. At age 20, Mitchell‘s musical potential was noticed by Bishop Larry Trotter and he was hired as the Minister of Music at Chicago’s Sweet Holy Spirit Church.
He went on to produce what has become some of the most noted selections in the African American church, “Don’t Last” and “My Worship Is For Real”. VaShawn also produced and released his ﬁrst solo project entitled, So Satisﬁed.
In 2012, Mitchell started the Norman Youth and Arts Foundation, named in memory of his grandfather. The Foundation sponsors summer youth camps for the arts in the Chicago area. Mitchell is also one of the only Gospel artists who acts as a spokesperson and is active with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Foundation.
On December 31, 2016, it was announced that VaShawn Mitchell has been appointed as the General Overseer of Music & Worship Arts of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mitchell‘s single, “Nobody Greater”, was the most played gospel song of the year in 2011 and spent a combined total of 9 weeks on Billboard’s Gospel songs chart.
Mitchell was the most nominated artist at the 27th Annual Stellar Awards; receiving 11 nods and walking away with 6 statues.
He was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards for Best Gospel Performance for “Nobody Greater” and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album Triumphant.
Triumphant was also acknowledged by the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards with 2 nominations for the album Triumphant and hit-single, “Nobody Greater”.
Mitchell was honored by his hometown of Harvey, Illinois when they named one of the streets in his neighborhood “VaShawn Mitchell Street”.
His recent single, “Turning Around For Me” from the follow-up release “Created 4 This” entered in Gospel’s Top 5 albums chart and R&B Top 25.
In 2013, “How Sweet The Sound” invited Mitchell to sit at the judges’ table for their popular choir competition.
- So Satisﬁed (1998)
- Another Chance (2002) as VaShawn Mitchell & New Image Ensemble
- Believe in Your Dreams (2005)
- Promises (2007) as VaShawn Mitchell and Friends
- Triumphant (2010)
- My Songbook (2011) (compilation album)
- Created 4 This (2012)
- Unstoppable (2014)
- Live in Africa (2016)
- Cross Music [EP] (2018)