Description of Elizabeth Mitchell's Music:
Recommended CDs by Elizabeth Mitchell:
You Are My Little Bird (Smithsonian Folkways Records, 2006) compare prices
You Are My Sunshine (Little Bird Records, 2002) compare prices
Purchase/Download Elizabeth Mitchel MP3s:
"This Little Light of Mine" (from You Are My Flower)
"Keep on the Sunny Side" with Levon Helm on drums (from Sunny Day)
Elizabeth Mitchell Biography:
Finally, in 1998, Mitchell recorded her first album in a single afternoon at her friend's house. It was intended to be a fun day of music-making but word got out and the album eventually was released on that friend's independent label, Last Affair Records. That recording, You Are My Flower earned her considerable praise and attention and, along with its follow-up You Are My Sunshine (both of which she eventually released on her own Little Flower label) earned her the attention of children's folk music veteran Dan Zanes. He recommended her to the folks at Smithsonian Folkways, with whom she soon inked a deal. Excepting a collaborative album she made with singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb in 2004 (Catch the Moon - an album which accompanies a picture book), Mitchell has remained with Smithsonian Folkways since Zanes recommended her that way.
Over the years, in addition to her collaboration with Loeb, Mitchell has also made music with the likes of Ziggy Marley, Levon Helm, Jon Langford, the Children Agape Choir of South Africa, and others. She now lives in upstate New York with her husband Daniel Littleton and their daughter Storey. Storey wrote two songs for Mitchell's 2010 release Sunny Day.
In addition to her work as a children's folksinger, she is in a more adult-angled band called Ida. She has performed all over the US and is a darling of festivals like the Newport Folk Festival and has shared stages with everyone from Natalie Merchant to Pete Seeger.
In the summer of 2012, Mitchell has announced the release of a collection of Woody Guthrie's folk songs for children. The disc, titled Little Seed: Songs for Children by Woody Guthrie (7/10/12) was released by Smithsonian Folkways Records as a way of commemorating Guthrie's 100th birthday.
Mitchell performs frequently with her family and fans can keep track of her ongoing performance dates by visiting her website at YouAreMyFlower.org.