About VaShawn Mitchell
Having grown up in the south suburbs of Chicago, VaShawn comes from a region that brags great songwriters and ministers of music. His professional music ministry journey began at the St. Mark Baptist Church where he served along with Lonnie Hunter for six years. While in college he landed at Bishop Larry Trotter’s Sweet Holy Spirit Church where he was a heavy contributor to Bishop Larry Trotter and the Sweet Holy Spirit Choir in hits such as "It’s Only a Test", "What’s To Come is Better Than What’s Been", and "My Worship is For Real".
VaShawn Mitchell builds on that experience in his debut CD "Believe In Your Dreams", (2005) on Tyscot Records.
His diverse writing ability shines on this effort. From encouraging ballads such as "Dreams", and "Your Tears Have Paid Off" (which features Evangelist Monique Walker) to the pure funk found on tracks like "Destiny" and "Grace and Mercy" to the worship-filled "Lost In His Presence" and "All Hail the Power", Mitchell proves that he can do it all. Of course, he’s helped by enlisting an all-star team of vocalists including Malcolm Williams and Voices of Great Faith, The Swift Mob and The New Image Chorale.
VaShawn demonstrates his expressive voice and the ability to maneuver deftly through the various sub-genres of gospel in his sophomore release, "Promises" released in 2007 on Tyscot Records.
“Promises” takes the listener from praise to promise. Rick Robinson and Danny Weatherspoon join in at the production helm to serve up a project that is sure to encourage the soul. “Crazy Praise” opens with a bang of energetic possibility, set around just what might happen if you let go. “I Worship” takes a CCM flavored turn with an anthemic proclamation; guitar and strings ease the soulful sound of Mitchell’s mix. Delicate worship balladry on “Lift My Hands” grows and winds to full-blown choral splendor. Up-tempo gems “Able” set the stage nicely for title track “For My Good” a contemporary soul-clapper that is inherently infectious. Songs like “It Passed Over Me”, which Mitchell wrote after missing a deadly accident, courtesy of a traffic jam, speak to God’s sovereignty and his hand of protection. Kim Burrell guests spots on “Over & Over”, penned by up and comer Jason Claybourne, whose flowing writing style is perhaps the ying to Mitchell’s yang. “Testimony” is literally that, personal healing testimonies wrapped around a traditional Chicago-style vamp. The extra special energy of Angie Spivey takes things over the top!
VaShawn pens eight of the eleven tracks on this project that focuses on the promises of God. He writes masterfully not only to encourage the saints, but to speak to the heart of the cynic who may be tired of the “guarantees” that come with each new year. “There are some promises that people have been waiting for God to release on them. And we have to know, that no matter what we go through God is thinking of us. No matter what our present situation is, the word of God promises that our end is going to be good. It may not be January. It may not be February. It may not even be December, but we have to live according to our expected end that God has promised us.”