"Love" placed in the finals of the UK Songwriting Contest (2012)
"Committed" placed in the semifinals of the UK Songwriting Contest (2015)
"Human" placed in the semifinals of the UK Songwriting Contest (2015)
"Phoenix Hill" received a runner-up placement in the Song of the Year Contest (2013):
Singer-songwriter and pianist Phillip E. Mitchell’s LP, Therapy, should keep you on the couch for the duration of its forty-five minute running time—about the time of a typical session of therapy, but for a reduced fee. Athens music magazine, The Flagpole, called Mitchell’s music “soulful” and “mellow” with a “theatrical edge” while on tour with the Colorful Quiet in 2009. Therapy continues this tradition.
After raising money on Kickstarter.com
, Mitchell recruited a stellar line-up of musicians to help him realize his vision. Gerry Hansen, drummer and producer of Shawn Mullins’ newest album Light You Up, came aboard to play drums. Famed Nashville producer and former member of Fleming and John, John Mark Painter (Ben Folds & Gabe Dixon Band), contributed horn tracks, Grammy nominated John Keane (Widespread Panic & R.E.M.) played bass, and Andy Carlson (R.E.M & the Cowboy Junkies), whom the New York Times called “demon fiddler,” arranged and played strings.
Mitchell’s music avoids easy point-by-point comparisons to other artists in the piano pop pantheon. While he cites Folds, Jimmy Webb, Elton John, Billy Joel, Randy Newman, and Leon Russell as influences, his songs, both in melodic sensibility and style, are all his own.
released April 13, 2013
All songs written by Phillip E. Mitchell
Produced by Phillip E. Mitchell
John Amoss: Accordion
Andy Carlson: Violin and viola
Gerry Hansen: Drums and percussion
John Keane: Bass
Jason Kesler: Background Vocals, guitar
Cora Kuyvenhoven: Cello
Shannon MacMahon: Backgrounds on "Love"
Matthew Mitchell: Backgrounds on "Committed"
Phillip E. Mitchell: Piano, vocals, organs, background vocals, and trumpet solo on "Avalon"
John Mark Painter: baritone sax, trumpet, trombone, french horn, and flugelhorn
Mialy R: Backgrounds on "Human"
Carole Rakotovelo: Choir and solo on "Warm"
Engineers: Nick Curtis, Lucas Dorier, Gerry Hansen, John Keane, John Mark Painter, and Phillip E Mitchell
John Keane Studios, Athens, GA
IHOF, Nashville, TN
Earthwork Studio, Newark, OH
Creekside Studio, Lawrenceville, GA
P.M. Studios, Jefferson, GA
Ready, Set, Record, Franklin, TN
Additional tracks recorded in:
Brussels, Belgium and Dole, France
String arrangements: Andy Carlson
Strings recorded at Earthwork Studio, Newark, OH
Horn arrangements: John Mark Painter
Horns recorded at IHOF, Nashville, TN
Mixed and Mastered at Ready, Set, Record by Nick Curtis
Additional editing by John Keane
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