Brigitte Mitchell exhibits her versatility with a daring grace. Her voice is beautifully crisp and unencumbered, a combination of jazz classics like Ella Fitzgerald and the deep resonance of her gospel upbringing. The daughter of a pastor, Brigitte first learned her craft singing in the church choirs of her home in Cape Town, South Africa. Beginning at the age of four, she quickly ascended the ranks to choir leader and went on to win singing awards and participate in local competitions. “I come from such a wide range of musical interests”, she says, “I continue to explore and grow in new directions every day”
In 2010, Brigitte released her debut album ‘Don’t Explain’ (Silva Records / P-Vine) and was nominated for a South African International Music Award. The album charted internationally, especially in Hong Kong, where it lived on the jazz charts for several months. Since then she has performed at some of the most prestigious and storied jazz venues in Hong Kong, where she currently resides. The move has offered a sense of creative liberation. “Taking that step to leave my comfort zone was one of the best decisions I’ve made,” she recounts fondly.
In 2014, Brigitte’s global musical exploration finds her combining the beauty of her sizzling voice with the wonderful grooves of Brazilian bossa novas and sambas, working with some of the top musical names in Rio de Janeiro. This process of reimagining Brazilian classics with new arrangements by Ney Conceycao led to her ‘In Brazil’ EP – capturing the authentic sound of Brazil, that is only possible when in Brazil! The first of her 2015 releases, the EP is a vital and exciting testament to Brigitte’s expanding international perspective.
Her upcoming release ‘Let’s Call It Love’ is the sound of a world-traveller landing in a legendary location. The album was recorded at the historic Capitol Studios in LA by Al Schmitt with new arrangements by 6 time Grammy-nominated arranger, Chris Walden. Let’s Call It Love has a cast of veteran musicians to be reckoned with including: Russell Ferrante (the Yellowjackets) on piano, Jeff Hamilton (Diana Krall) on drums, Ed Livingston (Natalie Cole) on bass, Dean Parks (Steely Dan) on guitar, Arturo Sandoval on trumpet, and Bob Shepherd on the soprano sax.
‘Let’s Call It Love’ is the culmination of years of vital growth and momentum coming to a head. It’s clear that Brigitte is on the path to international stardom.