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Mitchell Froom

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Mitchell Froom
Born (1953-06-29) June 29, 1953 (age 70)
OriginUnited States
Occupation(s)Musician, record producer
Years active1982–present
LabelsSlash/Warner Bros.

Mitchell Froom (born June 29, 1953) is an American musician and record producer. He was a member of the bands Gamma and Latin Playboys, and is currently the keyboardist for Crowded House. He has produced albums for several artists, including Richard Thompson, Los Lobos, Suzanne Vega, and Vonda Shepard.


Froom began his career as a keyboard player in Sonoma County, California. The band Crossfire featured two keyboard players; Mitchell on one side of the stage and brother David on the other with Gary Pihl on guitar. He also played keyboards on the Ronnie Montrose-led group Gamma's third album Gamma 3, as well as It's a Beautiful Day's David LaFlamme's 1978 solo album Inside Out.

He produced the first three Crowded House albums, which led to more production jobs with Richard Thompson, Los Lobos, American Music Club, Suzanne Vega and Paul McCartney. In 1982, Froom scored the adult film Café Flesh; his soundtrack was later released as the album Key of Cool. In the late 1980s, Crowded House leader Neil Finn invited Froom to join the band as an official member, but Froom declined due to his producing career.[1]

In 1987 he produced and wrote incidental music for the neo-noir film Slam Dance.

Between 1992 and 2002 Froom formed a full-time partnership with engineer Tchad Blake. Production credits include albums from American Music Club, Stevie Ann, Tasmin Archer, The Bangles, Peter Case, The Corrs, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Crowded House, The Ditty Bops, Tim Finn, Missy Higgins, Indigo Girls, Los Lobos, Robin Gibb, Maria McKee, Pat McLaughlin, Randy Newman, Nerina Pallot, Pearl Jam, Phantom Planet, Bonnie Pink, Daniel Powter, Bonnie Raitt, Ron Sexsmith, The Del Fuegos, Richard Thompson, and Suzanne Vega. Froom and Blake joined with David Hidalgo and Louie Perez of Los Lobos to form the experimental roots collaboration Latin Playboys.

Froom has produced over 60 albums[2] and has composed and produced music for numerous films.[3] He has been nominated for several Grammys including for Record of the Year for La Bamba by Los Lobos (1988) and Producer of the Year in 1993 for both Kiko by Los Lobos and 99.9F° by Suzanne Vega.[4] He was also nominated for the 1998 Golden Globe Award and the 1999 Grammy for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media for co-writing with Sheryl Crow the James Bond movie title song "Tomorrow Never Dies".[5]

As a musician, Froom has released two solo albums, Dopamine (1998) and A Thousand Days (2005). The song "Noodletown" from "Dopamine" won an Emmy when it was used as the theme for PBS' Sessions at West 54th.[6]

Froom was a judge for the 2nd annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers.[7]

In December 2019 Froom was announced as a member of the new lineup of Crowded House. The first album with this lineup, Dreamers Are Waiting, was released on June 4, 2021.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Froom is of Romanian ancestry.[9] His brother is David Froom, a classical composer and Department Chair of the Music Department at St. Mary's College of Maryland.[10]

His first wife was Connie Jester, with whom he had a daughter Charlotte Froom (born 1986). Charlotte was the bassist in The Like.

Froom married Suzanne Vega in 1995; they separated and divorced in 1998. Soul Coughing's 1994 album, Ruby Vroom, was named after their daughter, Ruby Froom (born July 8, 1994).

He married Vonda Shepard in 2004. They have a son, Jack Froom (April 15, 2006), named for Froom's late father, a physician and educator.[citation needed]


With Crowded House

With Vonda Shepard

  • The Radical Light (Reprise/Warner Bros. Records, 1992)
  • By 7:30 (Jacket Records, 1999)
  • Chinatown (Edel Records, 2002)
  • From the Sun (Redeye Distribution, 2008)

With Bob Dylan

With Bonnie Raitt

With Boris Grebenshchikov

With Daniel Powter

With Rita Coolidge

With Rufus Wainwright

With Indigo Girls

With Susanna Hoffs

With Tasmin Archer

With Randy Newman

With Maria McKee

With Tracy Chapman

With Marshall Crenshaw

With Roy Orbison

With Eddie Money

With Sheryl Crow

With Neil Finn

With Tracy Bonham

With Tim Finn

With Finn Brothers

With Paul McCartney

With Peter Gabriel

  • Up (Geffen, 2002)


  1. ^ "Finn's Mac experience leads to reconstituted Crowded House". AP NEWS. June 4, 2021. Retrieved November 30, 2021.
  2. ^ "Kontextrecords". Archived from the original on August 29, 2011.
  3. ^ "Mitchell Froom". IMDb.
  4. ^ "Rock On The Net: 35th Annual Grammy Awards - 1993". www.rockonthenet.com.
  5. ^ "Rock On The Net: 41st Annual Grammy Awards - 1999". www.rockonthenet.com.
  6. ^ Damn Fine Day Archived July 24, 2012, at archive.today
  7. ^ "Independent Music Awards – Past Judges". Archived from the original on July 13, 2011.
  8. ^ "Crowded House". Neil Finn. Retrieved December 10, 2019.
  9. ^ Vonda Shepard "My husband's grandparents are from Romania" Archived July 15, 2012, at archive.today, happyhour.protv.ro, 2009-02-16 (in Romanian).
  10. ^ "Directory | St. Marys College of Maryland". inside.smcm.edu.

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