As the first of three children, Mitch started showing signs of artistic talent at an early age – whether he was drawing some comic book heroes or real life images or singing at church with the choir. It was clear from then where his path would be in life.
‘’My father gave me an acoustic guitar for my eight birthday and he taught him how to play. I was blessed growing up in a music environment, where my father’s record with singers like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Mahalia Jackson, Maya Angelou, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson would spin daily on the turntable. Actually I used to listen to a lot of other music than reggae, which wasn’t so normal. Besides going to church on Sundays me, my brother and sister would attend television-
and radio-programs for kids and by the age of ten, I wrote my first song”.
One evening after attending a volleyball tournament while heading home on a bus Mitch was happily singing and when a lady in the bus heard his voice and asked him if he would like to be a part of a group, his whole life changed and a new exciting chapter began. ‘’The group didn’t know much about harmonies – except for me, so I was given the task to teach them. A.R.P. started doing cabaret at hotels just to improve on our craft and after few years we entered a talent contest and came second. The prize was to record at 321 Cell Block Studio in Kingston for the well-known producer Syl Gordon, who at that time had stellar artists like Buju Banton, Shabba Ranks and many others connected to the studio. We began to draw the interest of producers and popular artistes and within a few years later we had our first hit and then another and another, “it was the best years of my life”.
His time with ARP not only sharpened his vocal skills, but also cultivated his collaborative approach to music, one that is shared by great singers and producers alike.
Citing a diverse collection of vocal influences including R. Kelly, Akon, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Babyface, Mitch singing is an international hybrid of different styles and musical influences, which also affects his song writing.
Today Mitch is an accomplished artist, who has worked with reggae music’s heavyweight producers Sly & Robbie, Donovan Germain, Don Corleone, Mickey Bennett, John John and of course Buju Banton.
His latest album ‘’Lucky’’ is produced by the creative forces of Pharfar and Jahdil and being released on the Copenhagen based Icedrop Rec. it fully shows Mitch’s artistic versatility and many