Jason Mitchell “Stomp”
Funny how sometimes the things a person most fiercely resists later become the very things they embrace most completely. That’s certainly the case with Jason Mitchell, a dynamic young country singer whose music business childhood left him convinced he wanted nothing to do with being a performer.
“I was born in Nashville and grew up a total studio rat,” Jason explains. “My dad, Dan Mitchell, is a producer and songwriter (“If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have A Fiddle In The Band”) and mom, Cathy, made stage clothes for a bunch of stars.”
At the time, Dan, was working out of the famed Burns Station Sound, keeping the late night hours common to the recording industry. “Dad used to say, ‘Well, I’m headed out to Burns,'” Jason recalls. “I thought Burns was a person and I hated that guy.”
Jason moved to Ohio in grade school and developed an interest in soccer, martial arts and just about anything besides making music. “I loved music, but I wanted to listen to it, and that’s it,” he says. Two events in a two-year period changed his course forever.
Days short of his 18th birthday, Jason was in an accident and caught fire from his waist to his head. “I had first and second degree burns to my face and spent 10 hours in ICU,” he says. “I remember leaving the hospital later and driving across a bridge. I saw a big church and just started praying for healing and promising to give it back to God.”
He did heal, in half the time the doctors predicted, and went on to college. While attending classes he learned that his father had suffered a massive heart attack. “We talked after he was in the clear and he asked me what I was going to do with the rest of my life,” Jason recalls. “And I had no idea. He said he’d almost died once, and I had, too. And then he said I might want to start figuring it out so I don’t spend my life wandering.”
At the time the elder Mitchell was directing the entertainment at a local tourist attraction. “A couple months later I was sitting in economics class and got a text from him that said, ‘Heading to auditions, see you later,'” Jason says. He looked up from his phone to see students around him who he didn’t know and the teacher whose English he could barely understand and made a decision. “I picked up my books, walked out of the class, went to the audition and made the cast,” he says. “Dad was like, ‘I had no idea you sang.’ I was there for the next four years. We performed six shows a day and a musical show at night totaling about 1,300 shows a season. Talk about a great learning environment!”
Jason soon came to the attention of Dale Morris (legendary manager of Kenny Chesney, Alabama, Martina McBride, Jake Owens) and signed with Dale’s Morris Artist Management Group.
Jason and his band have since played hundreds of shows; averaging 150 to 200 self booked shows a year across the country, the Bahamas and Caymans and put over 250,000 miles on “Queen Mary” his Silverado pickup truck! And as promised, he’s giving back. Jason has partnered with the Vanderbilt Burn Center and Camp Hope and his Jason Mitchell Foundation helped raise several thousand dollars for many other charities.
Jason recently recorded “Undressed” written by Cledus T. Judd, with renowned producer James Stroud and is writing and working on a new project with his father, Dan and manager, Dale. Just wait until you hear the next cut!!
And Jason is not slowing down. “I saw so many artists my dad worked with squander their opportunity,” he says. “I’m not comfortable going to sleep at night thinking there’s somebody out there working harder than I am.”