She has been called “Country’s Adele,” and now London, Ontario singer/songwriter Jessica Mitchell is beginning to put up the numbers to back that up. Less than two weeks after its digital release, her latest single “Don’t Love Me” was the #5 Canadian country song according to national airplay, sales and streaming data, and had been included on the highly coveted “Wild Country” Spotify playlist with more than half a million followers.
It followed on the success of Mitchell’s 2016 breakthrough hit, “Workin’ On Whiskey,” and her EP Hold Onto The Light, which helped earn her a Canadian Country Music Association Roots Artist of the Year nomination.
On top of that, Mitchell performed with the likes of Kiefer Sutherland, Terri Clark, Royal Wood and Ron Sexsmith, and participated in this year’s Country Music Association of Ontario Awards in her hometown.
Now based in Toronto, Mitchell’s rise began after signing with Slaight Music Publishing that led to several writing trips in Nashville where she found inspiration collaborating with top-notch songwriters including Stephen Kozmeniuk (Jennifer Hudson, Kendrick Lamar), Todd Clark (Phillip Phillips, Tim Hicks), and John Goodwin (Brad Paisley).
With another new single, “Tear It Down,” also now available, Mitchell has a busy summer ahead with major appearances scheduled at Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Sawdust City Music Festival, and Boots And Hearts. You can find out more here
Your latest two singles have been getting a great response. Do you feel as though you're hitting your stride as an artist?
I think it's amazing that people respond in such a wonderful way. It's really an honor to have people listening. I think I'm constantly trying to evolve in whatever way I can and continue to write my story in the most universal and best way possible. I'm really proud of the work that I've been doing the past few years. I hope it's just the beginning.
How would you describe your overall vision as a songwriter?
I try to stay very truthful to the lyric; melodically it just sort of flows out. Thinking too much can be a big pain so I try and stick to whatever feels right first. It's a process regardless, and a very rewarding one once the song is finished.
Who are some of your biggest influences?
I grew up listening to a lot of singer-songwriters like Tori Amos, Sheryl Crow, and Peter Gabriel. Radiohead has been a major influence on my musical and personal growth. I'm grateful I was surrounded by amazing music as I grew up, and I have my Dad to thank for that.
What was it like to be a part of the CMAO Awards in your hometown of London?
It was great, I'm so happy they're expanding the music scene in London right now. It's always been there but it's nice to see the city being recognized for it now.
What are your next immediate goals?
Getting through the wonderful, hectic schedule that is my summer. There's nothing I love more than playing live, and I'm so happy to be doing it both alone and with my band.