Connie Mitchell

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Connie Mitchell
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Connie Mitchell backstage at The Voice
Background information
Birth name Connie Mitchell
Also known as Miss Connie, Feyonce
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, violin
Years active 1995 — present
Associated acts Sneaky Sound System
Primary (band)
Machine Gun Fellatio
Website Sneaky Sound System website

Connie Mitchell (also known as "Miss Connie") is an Australian pop singer and the lead vocalist with the Sydney band Sneaky Sound System. She appears on the band's singles "Pictures", "I Love It", "UFO", "Goodbye", "Kansas City", "When We Were Young", "16" and "We Love".

Before Sneaky Sound System[edit]

Mitchell attended Riverside Girls High School.

Jamie Fonti and Sean Fonti, members of the band Caligula met Mitchell in a recording studio in Sydney, beginning another new band called Primary. From 1995 to the early 2000s, Mitchell was the lead singer of this band.

Mitchell joined Machine Gun Fellatio as a vocalist for a short stint in 2004, appearing under the alias "Feyonce".

Sneaky Sound System: The Early Years[edit]

The band, Sneaky Sound System, evolved from Sneaky Sundays night club, launched by Black Angus (Angus McDonald) and Daimon Downey. Angus and Downey met Mitchell in a park one day as she was playing guitar with a friend and asked her to sing for them. "I thought they were a bit dodgy," recollects Mitchell. However, they did have a studio, and when Connie sang on what was to be their breakthrough single, "I Love It", Sneaky Sound System had their vocalist – and their debut album. Angus noted that "We were told by every label we might sell 10,000 copies and it wasn't worth it, so we decided to do it ourselves."

Mitchell also shares songwriting credits with Angus McDonald on "Pictures", along with almost all other Sneaky Sound System track. In the 2006 International Songwriting Competition, the song came second in the Dance/Electronica category.[1]

Current career[edit]

Their self-titled album went on to become their multi-platinum, ARIA-Award winning debut. Its successor, "2", entered the Australian charts at number one, and Mitchell has since appeared on albums by Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross.

Mitchell spent a couple of weeks in early 2007 recording vocals for Kanye West in Los Angeles.[2] She features on four tracks on Kanye West's 2007 album, Graduation, including the singles, "Can't Tell Me Nothing".[3][4] and "Flashing Lights".

Described as "a star in her own right" with a golden voice,[5] Mitchell also laid down tracks with Snoop Dogg during his extended stay in Sydney for the Good Vibrations Festival.[5]

With Sneaky Sound System, Connie Mitchell has supported Robbie Williams and Scissor Sisters, and played the Australian leg of the worldwide concert Live Earth in July 2007.[3]

As of 2009, Mitchell is the only singer in Sneaky Sound System after Daimon Downey announced he was leaving the band to pursue other interests.

In March 2013 it was announced that Mitchell would act as mentor to Seal's artists on the 2013 Australian season of The Voice. [6]

In April 2013, in a peer-voted survey conducted by Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper, Connie was named #18 on a list of Australia's greatest singers of all time.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Herald Sun: "Winning System", April 8 2007. Website accessed 17 April 2007.
  2. ^ The Daily Telegraph (Sydney): Connie hits hip-hop: "From Hugo's to Hollywood, independent Sydney pop phenomenon Sneaky Sound System are becoming one of the most sought after acts in the world", 10 March 2007. Website accessed 17 April 2007.]
  3. ^ a b George Palathingal: "Next stop: the world." Sydney Morning Herald, 21 July 2007.
  4. ^ JJJ Top Shelf Radio with Robbie Buck: Kanye West. September 11, 2007, accessed 24 September 2007
  5. ^ a b Channel [V] (Foxtel) Music News: "Sneaky Sound System tour Oz, website accessed 17 April 2007.
  6. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald 1 March 2013 Christine Sams "Ben Lee Joins The Voice". Website accessed 26 March 2013.
  7. ^ "John Farnham tops the list of Australia's greatest singers of all time". Retrieved 13 May 2013. 

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