VaShawn Mitchell was born on November 19, 1976; he was Born and raised in Harvey, Illinois, Mitchell graduated from Thornton High School and earned a degree in psychology.
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.
As minister of music he was responsible for every aspect of the department. He went on to produce what have 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.
As a songwriter, Mitchell has penned hits for Smokie Norful, Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Bishop Paul Morton. He is also a worship leader and throughout the years he has written several top-selling choir recordings and spawned such memorable hits as My Worship Is For Real and Trouble Don’t Last.
On December 15, 1998, Manatee Records released So Satisfied by VaShawn Mitchell with the New Image Chorale. Tyscot Records released Mitchell’s second album, Believe in Your Dreams, on April 5, 2005, and it peaked at number 26 in the Billboard gospel chart. Promises, credited to VaShawn Mitchell & Friends, appeared on September 25, 2007, and reached number 20.
The same year, Mitchell relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, to head the music ministry at Higher Living Church. There he recorded his next album, the Grammy-nominated Triumphant, which was released by EMI Gospel on August 10, 2010. One of the album’s singles, “Nobody Greater,” found major success on Billboard’s gospel chart and became the most played gospel track of 2011.
Arriving in 2012, the Created 4 This LP found similar success and also crossed over to the R&B chart, opening up a new audience to Mitchell’s music. Following the success of his 2014 live album, Unstoppable, he recorded another live set, this time in South Africa. Released in late 2016, Secret Place was Mitchell’s seventh album.
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.
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.
On December 31st, 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.