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Hillbilly-folk songstress Jessica Mitchell is, at heart, a storyteller – an open book. Based in Toronto, and Nashville TN, she has spent the last decade digging deeper into her artistry, focusing on writing new music and crafting her richly unique sound, which has lead her to become country music’s best kept secret.
After years of experimenting and dabbling in the rock genre, her dream of becoming a rock ‘n’ roll queen quickly shifted towards the country maven she is today. Joining forces with Slaight Music, it wasn’t until this pivotal moment where Mitchell was inspired by the raw honesty and storytelling nature of the hillbilly music genre. Influenced by artists such as Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos and Radiohead, Mitchell’s music tells it like it is, while delivering emotional vulnerability that showcases a more mysterious truth.
Mitchell’s own vulnerability is felt through tracks such as “That Record Saved My Life” and the soul searching “Grown Up Things”, which was written during what Mitchell describes as one of her darkest periods.
After losing her mother to a long battle with cancer, Mitchell had her own epiphany about what kind of artist she wanted to become. As she puts it, “You’ll never see the light until it’s completely dark, and it got DARK for a while.” Staying true to who she is as a songwriter Mitchell believes that at the heart of every relatable piece of music is pain and loss. Her hope is that sharing these personal experiences will forge genuine bonds with her audience.
Being introduced to Todd Clark of Pilot Speed as a writing partner enabled Mitchell to explore new ideas through conversation, and in turn expand her repertoire. “I want to connect with people,” she says, “and create something that sounds real to someone. Something that might change someone’s life or help that person through a difficult time.”
When listening to Mitchell’s music, she makes it very easy for you to latch onto her inviting melodies and the genuine, soulful nature of her words. The rich tone and hopefulness in her voice grabs you and pulls you in – and once the song is over, you can’t help but feel as though you have personally connected with her on a deeper level.