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Joni Mitchell

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Joni Mitchell - Blue CD Cover

Joni Mitchell - Blue (1971) CD Cover

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Description of Joni Mitchell's Music:

Contemporary folk, singer-songwriter

Comparisons:

For folks who already know and love Joni Mitchell's work, it may be worth it to check out Janis Ian, Ani Difranco, or Dar Williams. She can also be compared to Joan Baez or Lucy Kaplansky.

Joni Mitchell Trivia:

Joni Mitchell has been smoking cigarettes since she was nine years old.

Artists Influenced by Joni Mitchell:

Joni's influence ranges all over the musical spectrum and includes rockers like Led Zepplin, Sheryl Crow, and Tori Amos, jazz singers like Diana Krall, and folksingers like Shawn Colvin and Ani Difranco. In 1998, Janet Jackson showed her Joni Mitchell influences by sampling "Big Yellow Taxi" in her hit "Got til it's Gone."

Recommended Joni Mitchell CDs:

Ladies of the Canyon (1970) Compare prices

Blue (Reprise, 1971) Compare prices

Shadows and Light (live) (Asylum, 1980) Compare prices

Purchase/Download Joni Mitchell MP3s:

Joni Mitchell Bigoraphy:

Roberta Joan Anderson (Joni Mitchell) was born in 1943 in Fort McLeod, Alberta, Canada. She began playing piano, guitar, and ukelele as a very young child, but was always primarily a painter.

In 1965, she was married briefly to the Folk singer Chuck Mitchell, from whom she took her name. During the mid 1960s, Joni enjoyed early success as a songwriter, while other artists took her original songs to the top of the charts. Meanwhile, she continued to play in folk clubs and coffeehouses around the country.

Throughout the next decade, Joni released several memorable and inimitable recordings that have been hailed as some of the best from a contemporary folk singer/songwriter. The influences of jazz and rock started creeping into her work toward the middle of the 1970s.

Since then, Joni Mitchell has displayed her wealth of talent by dabbling in genres ranging from rock to pop and jazz. She is best known for her emotive, poetic lyrics and her impressively wide vocal range.

She was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1981, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2002, she was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her life's work.

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