AJ Mitchell

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AJ Mitchell
Born
Aaron Fredrick Mitchell Jr.

(2001-05-17) May 17, 2001 (age 18)
OccupationSinger-songwriter
Musical career
Genres
Years active2015–present
LabelsEpic[1]
Associated actsNina Nesbitt, Marteen
Websiteajmitchellmusic.com

Aaron Fredrick Mitchell Jr. (born May 17, 2001),[2] better known as AJ Mitchell, is an American singer-songwriter and musician who is currently signed to Epic Records. He gained a following in 2017 after posting clips of himself singing and performing covers on YouTube and Instagram. His first independent single, "Used To Be", was written by Mitchell at age 13 and has over 60 million streams. [3]

Mitchell has two songs which have reached the top 40 on the US radio charts, the July 2018 release "Girls",[4] and the March 2019 release "All My Friends", which reached No. 24.[5]

Early life[edit]

AJ Mitchell was born in Belleville, Illinois on May 17, 2001. His mother, Allison Mitchell, is a small business owner and his father, Aaron Frederick Mitchell Sr, is a traveling nurse. AJ is the couple's only son and youngest child, after their daughters Andrea and Addison (Addy).

Mitchell began piano lessons at 4, inspired by his father who was also learning to play piano and write songs. Mitchell attended Belleville West High School, where he played on the football team and sang in the school choir. [3]

Career[edit]

2015–2016: Career beginnings[edit]

By 13, Mitchell began performing at local open-mic nights in his hometown and posting covers on YouTube and Instagram, which helped him gain a significant following.[3] Mitchell's social media fan base helped him capture the attention of the LA-based artist manager that Mitchell has worked with since 2015.

Mitchell's videos on social media granted him an opportunity to relocate to Los Angeles in 2015 to collaborate with internet marketing agency Team 10. After a brief period together, Mitchell left the group to focus his energy entirely on music.[6]

2017–2019: Hopeful[edit]

In 2017, Mitchell released his first independent single "Used to Be", a song he wrote at age 13. The song was produced by hip-hop producer and engineer Mike Dean. "Used to Be" has now gained over 60 million streams.

After departing the social media group, Mitchell received interest from many different record labels but eventually decided to sign with Epic Records. He inked his first major deal with the label in February 2018.

Mitchell's first studio EP with Epic, Hopeful, was released in July 2018. Its lead single "Girls", co-written by Mitchell and Romans, reached No. 39 on the US Mediabase pop radio chart.[7] In November 2018, Billboard and Vevo named AJ one of the top 19 artists to watch in 2019.[8] AJ is headlining his first US tour in spring 2019.[9]

Epic Records CEO Sylvia Rhone referred to Mitchell's music as "exciting things to come", when discussing the growing talent roster at the record label.[10]

In 2018, Mitchell collaborated with Bay Area R&B singer-songwriter Marteen for the song "No Plans". Marteen later joined Mitchell in a support slot on the following year's 2019 Hopeful Tour.

In May 2019, Mitchell collaborated with Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt and songwriting duo teamwork. on the song "After Hours".[11][12]

2019: Upcoming debut album[edit]

In a May 2019 interview with Billboard, Mitchell announced that his forthcoming debut full-length album with Epic Records was nearly finished and would be released "very, very soon".

The mid-tempo single "All My Friends", which debuted on the radio charts in April 2019, was confirmed as the first single from the album.[6]

Artistry[edit]

Influences[edit]

Mitchell cites a wide variety of music as influential to his songwriting style, regularly noting his admiration of artists like Bruno Mars and Lil Wayne.[13]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details Track listing
Hopeful[14]
  • Released: July 20, 2018
  • Label: Epic
Track listing
  1. "Girls"
  2. "Hate That I Love You"
  3. "Hopeful"
  4. "I Don't Want You Back"
  5. "High Like You"
  6. "My Lover, My Friend"
Slow Dance
  • Released: August 23, 2019[15]
  • Label: Epic
Track listing
  1. "Slow Dance" (featuring Ava Max)
  2. "Out My Mind"
  3. "Move On"
  4. "Talk So Much"

Singles[edit]

List of singles
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
Pop

[16]
"Somebody"[17] 2018 Non-album singles
"Used to Be"[18]
"Mind"[19]
"Girls"[20] 39 Hopeful
"No Plans"
(featuring Marteen)[21]
Non-album singles
"All My Friends"[22] 2019 24
"Talk So Much"[23] Slow Dance
"Afterhours"
(with teamwork. featuring Nina Nesbitt)[12]
Non-album singles
"Without You Now"
(with Digital Farm Animals)[24]
"Move On"[25] Slow Dance
"Slow Dance"
(featuring Ava Max)[26]

Tours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Epic Records – Artist". Epic Records. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  2. ^ "AJ Mitchell | Biography". AllMusic.
  3. ^ a b c "s a former Belleville teen headed for singing stardom? His L.A. manager says 'yes'". Belleville News Democrat. May 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "AJ Mitchell's "Girls" Enters Top 40 at Pop Radio". Headline Planet. November 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "Billie Eilish, Bryce Vine, AJ Mitchell Songs Make Top 25 at Pop Radio". Headline Planet. May 12, 2019.
  6. ^ a b "AJ Mitchell Talks Breakout Single 'All My Friends' & Plans for His 'More Mature' Debut Album: 'It's So Personal'". Billboard.
  7. ^ "AJ Mitchell's "Girls" Enters Top 40 at Pop Radio". Headline Planet. November 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Billboard Reteams With Vevo to Announce 2019 DSCVR Artists To Watch List: Exclusive". Billboard. November 15, 2018.
  9. ^ a b "AJ Mitchell to Headline 2019 'Hopeful' Tour". Tiger Beat. November 17, 2018.
  10. ^ Halperin, Shirley (May 2, 2019). "Epic Records Chairman Sylvia Rhone: 'It's a Watershed Moment for Black Culture'". Variety.
  11. ^ "AJ MITCHELL & NINA NESBITT LIGHT UP SUMMER WITH JOINT SINGLE "AFTER HOURS" PRODUCED BY TEAMWORK". Epic Records. May 10, 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Afterhours – Single by teamwork, Nina Nesbitt & AJ Mitchell" – via music.apple.com.
  13. ^ "AJ Mitchell | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  14. ^ "iTunes – AJ Mitchell – Extended Plays – Hopeful". iTunes Store.
  15. ^ "Slow Dance – EP by AJ Mitchell". Apple Music. Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  16. ^ "Pop Songs: June 15, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  17. ^ "iTunes – AJ Mitchell – Single – Somebody". iTunes Store.
  18. ^ "iTunes AJ Mitchell – Single – Used To Be". iTunes Store.
  19. ^ "iTunes AJ Mitchell – Single – MIND". iTunes Store.
  20. ^ AJ Mitchell- Girls on YouTube
  21. ^ "iTunes AJ Mitchell – Single – No Plans". iTunes Store.
  22. ^ "iTunes AJ Mitchell – Single – All My Friends". iTunes Store.
  23. ^ "Talk So Much – Single by AJ Mitchell". iTunes Store. Retrieved May 17, 2010.
  24. ^ "Without You Now - Single by Digital Farm Animals & AJ Mitchell on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  25. ^ "Move On - Single by AJ Mitchell on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  26. ^ "Slow Dance ft. @avamax". August 7, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019 – via Instagram.
  27. ^ "AJ Mitchell announces winter headline tour". Epic Records. November 16, 2018.