Tonya Mitchell

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Tonya Mitchell
Birth name Tonya Jean Mitchell
Born (1982-08-21)August 21, 1982
Origin Tennessee, United States
Genres Country, Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, actress, model
Years active 1999–2002
Labels 1999–2001
Universal Records

Tonya Jean Mitchell (born August 21, 1982).


Early life[edit]

Mitchell was born in Madisonville, Kentucky to "Cowboy" Louie and Paulette Mitchell.

Mitchell grew up in Huron, Tennessee, a small town just north east of Memphis. In 1998, Mitchell was performing country music at a regional benefit for St. Jude's Hospital when Bill Bomar, Justin Timberlake's grandfather, heard the young teen sing. Excited by her voice, Bomar approached Mitchell and told her that Timberlake was his grandson and that he could help her break into the music industry.

Mitchell did not think much about this, but later it led to her signing with Timberlake's management company, JustinTime Entertainment, and being managed by Timberlake's mother, Lynn Harless. Mitchell was later signed to Universal Records and entered the studio to record her twelve-song debut album.

"I Represent"[edit]

On February 27, 2001, a few weeks after recording her album, Mitchell's first single, "Broken Promises", hit the radio stations. The song reached #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Mitchell released her debut solo album, "I Represent", on April 10, 2001.

In 2001, Mitchell was asked to be one of the opening acts for the NSYNC Pop Odyssey Tour. This helped her career as she began making appearances at venues and performing in front of large audiences. Mitchell shared the stage with acts that included Nelly, Boyz II Men, Lil Romeo, Dream and Tyrese.

After the tour ended, Mitchell performed at various radio shows throughout the United States, including a performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


In July 2001, Mitchell's father, Cowboy Louie Mitchell, died. Following the heartache of losing her father, Mitchell was dropped from Universal Records. She decided to step away from the recording industry to spend time with her family.

In 2002, Mitchell married Jason Essary, a car salesman. They had a daughter named Scarlet in 2004.



  • April 10, 2001 I Represent

Track listing

  • 1 I Represent (Brian Kierulf; Josh Schwartz; Nate Butler) - 3:07
  • 2 Broken Promises (Dino Esposito; Scot Rammer) - 3:36
  • 3 Stay (Cheryl Yie; Gen Rubin) - 5:16
  • 4 You're The One I Want (Chris Liggio; Kimberly Leadbetter) - 3:03
  • 5 Place Like This (Greg Charley; Mark Mueller) - 4:35
  • 6 Wasted Breath (Dino Esposito) - 4:08
  • 7. Little Too Late (Brian Kierulf; Josh Schwartz) - 4:02
  • 8 I Don't Wanna Fall In Love (Denise Rich; Gen Rubin) - 4:47
  • 9 Only One (Denise Rich; Gen Rubin) - 3:32
  • 10 Turn Around (Denise Rich; Gen Rubin) - 4:39
  • 11 I Cry Real Tears (Linda Thompson-Jenner; Reed Vertelney) - 4:03
  • 12 Should I Stay (Dave Katz; Steven Wolf) - 4:02


  • Release Date: February 27, 2001 Broken Promises
Year Title Chart Positions Video Director Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop UK Singles AUS Singles
2002 "Broken Promises" 38 5 - I Represent

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