Something to keep in mind while you are busy prepping for Christmas: it’s important to take some time out and catch some great holiday music with some friends. Danny Mitchell, Nashville based pianist and singer-songwriter is playing 2 shows in Stevens Point this month, so it should be easy to make some time for an event like this one.
Returning to his hometown for his 4th annual Music on a Mission concert, this “Boy Norah Jones” is ready to get his audience feeling warm, cozy and all sorts of holiday good. Held at the Frame Memorial Church in Stevens Point, the program will include Christmas music, both classic and original. Area musicians featured will be David Hastings on sax, Cully Swansen on bass, and Ryan Korb on drums.
Danny’s music bio has been stated as, “Fresh musical ideas + smart lyrics + catchy hooks = a sonic definition of Danny Mitchell the artist. This music calls to aural memory names like Norah Jones, Michael Buble, & Harry Connick, Jr. Like these artists, Danny incorporates elements of jazz styles while maintaining all the accessibility of mainstream pop music.” Fans have also quoted him as “Billy Joel sans crazy”.
Alas, among the whirlwind of the music industry, Danny manages to keep humble. “I’m just a 6-foot-high singing piano-playing Midwestern boy who never found a genre to call home. I have, however, found a way to put human emotions in poetic form, marry them to melodies, and sing them to strangers through a microphone. So that’s something.”
Danny’s 2nd most recent album titled “Shining Aromor” was released in 2012. “This collection of songs runs the gamut from up-beat catchy pop tunes to stripped-down piano ballads, and represents some of my proudest moments as a songwriter. Oh, and it’s worth noting that this recording only exists due to a lot of peoples’ generosity and a grassroots fan-funding campaign (thanks again, y’all).” Now, “Gone, Baby, Gone”, his latest album, along with his 2011 Christmas album, “Savior on the Way” will be available for purchase at the two shows.
Purchase tickets at Mitchell Piano Works or Frame Memorial Church as soon as you can. Cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students and youth. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be distributed by Frame Church’s Community Grants Program to non-profit organizations and charities around Central Wisconsin. A cookie/punch reception will follow both concerts. Money raised in past years has gone to Operation Bootstrap, Boys & Girls Clubs, and other non-profits.
Please visit Danny’s Website and Facebook pages. www.dannymitchellmusic.com for full bio, photos and audio/video.