Lisa Mitchell performing live at the Falls Festival
|Birth name||Lisa Helen Mitchell|
|Born||22 March 1990|
|Genres||Indie pop, acoustic, folk|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, piano|
RCA Records UK
Lisa Helen Mitchell (born 22 March 1990 in Canterbury, England) is an English-born Australian singer-songwriter who grew up in Albury, New South Wales. Her debut EP, Said One To The Other topped iTunes in Australia and this success brought her to the attention of boutique London-based publisher, Little Victories, a subsidiary of Sony/ATV, with whom she signed in 2007. In 2008 Mitchell relocated to the UK where she spent time working on songs for her debut studio album, Wonder. Mitchell finished sixth in the 2006 season of Australian Idol.
Early years 
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Born to parents Angus and Ruth and with one sister, Mary, Mitchell moved to Australia at age three, growing up in Albury, New South Wales. She attended The Scots School Albury. Beginning guitar lessons at 12 and leaning towards the folk and rock genres, she played in local cafes and events as well as with the cover band Chrome, taking inspiration from artists such as Clare Bowditch and Joanna Newsom. She is now based in Melbourne, Victoria.
Music career 
2006–2008: Australian Idol and first releases 
From August to September 2006 Mitchell rose to national prominence as a contestant on Australian Idol Season 4, performing cover versions and two of her own compositions. She made the top six before being eliminated.
On 13 April 2007 Mitchell performed at a National Youth Week event in Parkes, New South Wales, supporting local and Australian country-folk family band The Lees, of which fellow Australian Idol Top 24 contestant Raechel Lee is a member. She performed eight original songs and then later joined The Lees onstage, where they performed her originals "Alice" and "See It In Your Eyes" and a cover of Ben Harper's "Diamonds on the Inside".
Starting in March 2007 Mitchell performed live from her home on her MySpace page, with her first performance reaching 10,000 viewers. During that year she performed as the supporting act on tours for Old Man River, The Hampdens, Bob Evans, Ben Lee and Evermore. She also embarked on her own headlining tour to release her first EP Said One to the Other which was released on 4 August 2007 via iTunes and physically one week later. It was released independently through Scorpio and Warner Music and peaked at #1 on the iTunes 'Top Albums' chart. It debuted in the ARIA Singles Chart on 20 August at #27. "Incomplete Lullaby" from Said One to the Other was used on the Australian dance reality TV show So You Think You Can Dance.
Mitchell began writing for her debut album with Ben Lee, Kevin Mitchell and Clare Bowditch. Later in 2007 she moved to London to continue writing for her debut album, collaborating with Ant Whiting, Ed Harcourt and Sacha Skarbek.
Her second EP, entitled Welcome to the Afternoon, was released on 31 May 2008 along with two singles; "Neopolitan Dreams" (as a digital single) and "See You When You Get Here". The "Neopolitan Dreams" official video made its debut on 5 September 2008 and was re-released on 6 September 2008 on iTunes. "Neopolitan Dreams" from the EP was used as the theme tune for popular online series The MySpace Road Tour. The song is featured on the platinum-selling Packed to the Rafters soundtrack, in a 3 Mobile television advert in July 2008, in a UK Surf Detergent advert in September 2008, in a large Deutsche Telekom ad, and in Spain in the El Corte Inglés Christmas ad. "Far Far Far Away" from Welcome to the Afternoon was used to promote the Olympic cliffhanger episode of Home and Away. "Neopolitan Dreams" has also had considerable airplay on Australian youth radio station Triple J, FBi 94.5 and Nova 96.9. It placed 91st in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2008.
In early 2010 Mitchell's song "Neopolitan Dreams" was performed by eventual Eurovision Song Contest winner Lena Meyer-Landrut, on the television show Unser Star für Oslo, when she was competing for the opportunity to represent Germany at the contest. The exposure generated by Meyer-Landrut's performance saw Mitchell's single reach #33 on the German singles chart.
2009–2011: Wonder 
In July 2009 Mitchell released her debut album Wonder which debuted nationally on the Australian Charts at number 6 and then went on to reach Platinum status in sales within Australia. The album was predominately produced by Dann Hume at The Stables Recording Studio in country Victoria. On 8 October 2009 it was announced that Mitchell has been nominated for 3 ARIA music awards. Promotion for the album includes an extensive tour across Australia. In October 2009, Mitchell toured with Newton Faulkner across the UK and RoI which included shows in Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle and several other cities across Britain and Ireland. Mitchell will also be playing at Australia’s Big Day Out festival in January 2010.
In August 2009 "Coin Laundry" was featured in a Bell Canada ad for the Palm Pre. In September 2009, "Neopolitan Dreams" was featured in both a Deutsche Telekom ad and a Unilever Surf ad. In 2009, "Neopolitan Dreams" was used in the game LittleBigPlanet (PSP) and is the song of the customer service of Chilean telco VTR.
Her song "Coin Laundry" also placed number 7 in Triple J's hottest 100 for 2009.
Her song "Pirouette" is featured in an advertisement for the 2010 season of Bondi Rescue.
In the "To Have and to Hold" Season 2-Episode 11 airing of Showtime's The United States of Tara on 31 May 2010, her song "Neopolitan Dreams" begins playing at the end of the final scene, continuing for the entirety of the episode's final credits.
Her song "Clean White Love" is featured in the 2011 Australian Red Dog (film).
2012–present: Spiritus EP and Bless This Mess album 
Mitchell released the song "Spiritus" on 27 March 2012 and announced a national tour of church venues in June. She released the "Spiritus" EP, featuring four other new songs, to coincide with the tour. "Spiritus" charted at No. 17 on the ARIA Australian Artists Singles Chart and 66 on the ARIA Singles Chart.
Mitchell's second album, Bless This Mess, was released on 12 October 2012. The whole album was recorded at The Stables Recording Studio and was produced and mixed by Dann Hume. Following the release, Mitchell is intending to go on a national album tour supported by Alpine and Danco. The title track of the album was released in September. "Bless This Mess" can be streamed online in full.
Studio albums 
|Title||Album details||Peak chart
|Bless This Mess||7|
|Title||Album details||Peak chart
|Said One to the Other||
|Welcome to the Afternoon||
|2007||"Incomplete Lullaby"||—||—||—||Said One to the Other|
|2008||"See You When You Get Here"||—||—||—||Welcome to the Afternoon|
|"Clean White Love"||—||—||—|
|2012||"Spiritus"||66||—||—||Bless This Mess|
|"Bless This Mess"||92||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart.|
Awards and nominations 
APRA Awards 
|2010||Lisa Mitchell||Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year||Nominated|
ARIA Awards 
|2009||Breakthrough Artist (Single) - "Coin Laundry"||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Artist (Album) - Wonder||Nominated|
|Best Female Artist - for Wonder||Nominated|
|2010||Best Female Artist - for "Oh! Hark!"||Nominated|
|Most Popular Australian Artist||Nominated|
Australian Music Prize 
|2009||Australian Music Prize||Australian Music Prize - Wonder||Won|
- Quick and Juicy Facts Retrieved 21 September 2008
- MITCHELL'S ONLINE RESIDENCY Retrieved 21 September 2008
- Lisa Mitchell's new EP- Welcome To The Afternoon Retrieved 21 September 2008
- Lisa Mitchell on tour Retrieved 21 September 2008
- Surf Sunshine Lemon & Bergamot advert Retrieved 14 October 2008[dead link]
- Lisa Mitchell OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2008 Retrieved 21 September 2008[dead link]
- "Australian Chart". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
- ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2009 Albums
-  Retrieved 5 September 2009
-  ARIA. Retrieved 2012-04-01
-  FasterLouder Retrieved 2012-09-10
- "Listen: Lisa Mitchell streams new album 'Bless This Mess' in full online". Clixie. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
- ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2009 Albums
- Chartverfolgung / Michell, Lisa / Single. Musicline.de. Accessed 24 March 2010 (German)
- "Chart Log UK - M – My Vitriol". zobbel.de. Retrieved 28 September 2009.
- ARIA Top 100 Singles – Week Commencing 17 August 2009. ARIA Charts. Accessed 5 December 2012
- ARIA Top 100 Singles – Week Commencing 26 April 2010. ARIA Charts. Accessed 5 December 2012
- ARIA Top 100 Singles – Week Commencing 18 June 2012. ARIA Charts. Accessed 5 December 2012
- ARIA Top 100 Singles – Week Commencing 8 October 2012. ARIA Charts. Accessed 3 April 2013
- "APRA History". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 28 May 2010.
- "Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year - 2010". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 27 May 2010.
- Spotlight::2009 ARIA Awards. Mediasearch. Retrieved 2 January 2012
- Winners by year - 2010. ARIA Awards. Retrieved 2 January 2012
- ARIA Awards' public voting opens today.The Music Network. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2011
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- Official website
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- Review of Wonder on thedwarf.com
- ARIAA Awards 2009
- Lisa Mitchel interview at Groovin The Moo festival 2010
- Lisa Mitchell live concert recording from Metro Theatre (3 October 2009)