VaShawn Mitchell was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where, in his early teens, he became assistant music director of St. Mark Baptist Church, working with choir leader Lonnie Hunter. He then became Minister of Music at Sweet Holy Spirit Church under Bishop Larry D. Trotter.
As a songwriter, Mitchell has penned hits for a number of Gospel’s most well-known voices, including Smokie Norful, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, and Bishop Paul Morton. He is also a worship leader, and throughout the years, he has written several top-selling choir recordings and spawned such memorable hits as “My Worship Is For Real” and “Trouble Don’t Last.” In 2012, Mitchell started the Norman Youth and Arts Foundation, named in memory of his grandfather. The Foundation sponsors summer youth camps for the arts in the Chicago area. During the same year, Mitchell was honored by his hometown when they named the street where he grew up “VaShawn Mitchell Street.”