Va Shawn Mitchell (born November 19, 1976) is an American gospel singer and songwriter.He has produced several Stellar Award-winning projects and songs for Grammy Award winners Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Smokie Norful.Mitchell was the most nominated artist at the 27th Annual Stellar Awards; receiving 11 nods and walking away with 6 statues.
The single held the #1 position for nine consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and crossed-over to the Urban Contemporary Adult charts.He has also been featured on popular magazines such as Essence.He was also nominated twice for a Grammy Award and GMA Dove Award for both the album and single.Billboard magazine declared “Nobody Greater” the #1 Most Played Gospel Song of 2011 and Mitchell was named Billboard’s #1 Gospel Radio Artist of 2011 and Triumphant was among the Top 5 Gospel Albums of 2011.The turning point came for Mitchell during his last prison sentence, and he asked God for clarity and direction.
"I began the process of not only rebuilding my relationship with God and getting my career on course, but of forgiving a father that I had never met," he wrote.
The Foundation sponsors summer youth camps for the arts in the Chicago area.
Mitchell is also one of the only Gospel artists who acts as a spokesperson and is active with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Foundation.
Mitchell also had the privilege of having the street where he grew up named after him, “Va Shawn Mitchell Street.” Mitchell was born in a small suburb of Chicago, IL called Harvey to a mother who was just 15 years old.
Mitchell did not live with his parents but was raised by his grandparents, who have been a strong pillar of support for him.
He wrote: "I looked to my uncles, preachers, and any men in the neighbourhood who looked like they were doing something or going somewhere." "Sadly, my quest brought the good with the bad.