Jared Mitchell’s music is an infectious blend of smooth pop and vibe-y Americana, coming close enough to the edge of current country radio to make him right at home in Nashville.
His sound is, he says, “Not confined by a genre; the songs are allowed to breathe, to explore themselves.”
The singer/guitarist/piano player cites Jason Mraz, Gavin DeDraw, Maroon 5, Amos Lee, Glen Hansard and John Mayer as influences. People comment on his cadences and rhythmic phrasing, on his catchy lyrics and clear vocals. The subtle intelligence of the songwriter’s point of view settles in slowly as the songs ease by. This is a smart artist, with something to say, and people listen.
“Ninety-nine percent of my music is first-person, autobiographical, dealing with the ups and downs of love and love lost,” Jared says.
His current solo-artist CD, The Maiden Voyage, follows the arc of a relationship from the initial fall, through disillusionment to the inevitable end. A video of his song “Rust” was released in June 2013.
Jared signed recording and publishing contracts with Catch This Music LLC, with the CTM Records and CTM Writers Ink divisions in January of 2014. While at CTM, Jared wrote with hit songwriters such as Marc Beeson (We Are Tonight), Bryan Edwards (If She Could See Me Now), and recently signed Big Machine artist Levi Hummond.
As an Artist, Jared spent most of his year crafting his sound for a new record, but also played some big shows on the road including opening for Here Come The Mummies at The Cotillion in Wichita, KS in mid August.
Jared, who started singing as a toddler, comes from a musical family. His father plays music and sings in the church choir and Jared – the proverbial middle child – grew up singing with his brothers in school. He started playing piano at five and took up guitar at 15. He began writing songs as a high school freshman and hasn’t stopped his prolific output since then. Show choir, musical theatre and local shows all gave him confidence and stage presence.
Born in San Francisco, Jared spent most of his formative years just outside of Reno, then moved to Nashville to get his songwriting degree from Belmont University. He wrote songs for the last two bands he played with, John Flanagan from 2009 to 2010 where he played keys and synth, and Yours Truly, the band he fronted as lead singer, songwriter, keyboard player and guitarist from 2010 until 2012. He has played Nashville hot spots like The Bluebird Café’ and major cities, including Chicago, Austin, San Antonio, St. Louis, Little Rock and Denver.
“I love to immerse myself in music: writing it, listening to it, playing it. I love it all,” he says.
As the 25-year-old looks ahead, he says, “I’m confident about my music and artistry. It’s all about working with people you trust and care about. I can’t wait to see what surprises 2015 has for me .”