Singer-songwriter Jessica Mitchell has been lauded as ‘country’s Adele’ and likened to Sheryl Crow, and much like them, her genre-bending vocals and tone are universally appealing. She is, at heart, a storyteller – an open book, inspired by the raw honesty and storytelling nature of the genre.
Mitchell’s much anticipated debut album Heart of Glass, was released May 11, 2018 to much critical acclaim, and inclusion on Hello Magazine’s Most Beautiful Issue. She has spent the last decade travelling between Toronto and Nashville, collaborating with top-notch songwriters, focusing on writing new music and crafting her richly unique sound, culminating in an a raw, relatable record that embodies powerful and soulful melodies and lyrical brilliance. Mitchell has recently toured with the likes of Kiefer Sutherland, Terri Clark, Johnny Reid, Bonnie Raitt, and was recently asked to perform at the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame to honour Neil Young.
Julia Haggarty was born with music inside her. She’s the girl who could whistle before she could walk, and as the first-born to parents with no musical background or industry experience, they took note and started giving her opportunities to learn. When questioned, Haggarty responded, “I was so young, I didn’t know I could really do something with it. I never had a family member or anyone in my life pursue a career in the music industry so I didn’t even know there was a music industry! I just knew I loved it, and I sought it out wherever I could. But I always loved singing the most.”
Flash forward to today, and those years of piano, guitar and voice lessons, couples with years performing in competitive choir and orchestra that took her around the world, Julia is a seasoned performer with a strong moral and musical foundation. During her studies at Western University (BMus Hon. Voice Performance, ArtDp Voice Performance) this artist took time to explore her options. “Even though I’d had all these years of experience, my eyes were really just starting to open to the realm of possibilities”, she says. “My training was very formal and traditional, and there was a type of freedom I felt when I brought my focus to original music. Suddenly I wasn’t just a voice — I had a voice.” Haggarty is a founding member of the internationally-renowned a cappella group Six Vocal Ensemble (Six), with whom she sang lead and toured across Canada, the U.S., Europe and South Korea, focusing on arena shows and giving presentations and workshops at elementary and secondary schools. Six recorded two albums, the first nominated for 6 CARA awards and the second album winning folk album of the year (2015.) Julia recalls, “It was a bittersweet win as some of the members were starting to look at other careers. It was hard for me to celebrate knowing that the group was ending. I didn’t know exactly what I would do next, but I knew it would be music. It’s always been music.” Haggarty released her first self-funded EP “Day One” in 2015.