About Brett Mitchell


MI Singer/Songwriter, Brett Mitchell, 30, and his band, Brett Mitchell & the giant GHOST, are the buzz words in the Midwest. Brett, born (too late) and raised in Midland, picked up the sticks in his early teens & fell in love. Drumming professionally and touring by age 17 in a variety of bands, he began songwriting. To assist his writing, he taught himself guitar and by 2005 had recorded his debut album called {Stereo}, playing virtually all the instruments. One by one, musicians approached him to support his live performance & the giant GHOST, Brett’s talented and versatile backing band, was formed. In 2007, Brett released his 2nd project, Small House. His heartfelt & sincere songwriting and his appealing vocals, whether Brett’s singing lead from guitar or drums, are the draw and the live show is high energy and literally riveting. Brett’s 3rd album, Falling Apart At The Seams released 1-1-11 to rave reviews.

The giant GHOST:
Marko Musich - Electric Guitar
Bill Hall - Bass Guitar
Michael Cramton - Drummer (when Brett is on guitar), Back Up Vocals
Sara Eden - Occasional Lead and/or Back Up Vocals


Steve Ferra reviews Falling Apart At The Seams on http:// www.absolutepowerpop.blogspot.com: Mitchell’s third album is a great leap forward from his still-fine previous work, buoyed by help from fellow Michigander Andy Reed (a name that should be familiar). This is first-rate singer-songwriter power pop, from the rollicking title track to the insanely catchy "I Used to Think of Her" to the rocking "Dead End Lover" to the clever "You Could Be My Hat".

BrettMitchellGrand Rapids Press Music Critic, John Sinkevics, says: "As the new millennium’s version of Marshall Crenshaw, Midland’s Brett Mitchell continues his tuneful march into pop-rock glory, (with) his catchy, smartly constructed songs and gorgeous guitar work just aching to be played on a car stereo with the windows open on a sunny summer day."

Kara Gheldof, 360 Main Street: "...It’s not hard to wonder where Mitchell’s appeal comes from; his sound is an amalgamation of plenty of his favorite artists spanning a plethora of genres, with a particular focus on folk and alternative rock, with a dash of country thrown in. But despite the little hints of familiarity in his tunes, it’s hard to pinpoint Mitchell’s style to any one influence. He can go from the sweet, pop-rock sound of "Stay Home Tonight" to the more contemplative jazz-infused "Shake It Out" to harder, guitar- heavy tunes like "Dead-End Lover" with ease.

SPIN Magazine featured "Neighbors" from Small House on SPINearth.tv. Ian Kesseler said: Brett Mitchell & the giant GHOST Hometown: Midland, Michigan Despite an apocalyptic lyrical theme, (It’s the end of the world/ It’s the end of the world/ And there’s nothing left to burn/ Which way will you turn?), "Neighbors" isn’t as bleak as it is catchy. The toe-tapping acoustics are lovely and fit well, but the vocals play the biggest role. Like a mellow, more folksy Bad Religion, Mitchell’s well thought out words clearly convey his dedication to singing/songwriting. It won’t cheer you up on a rainy day, but listen to it a few times and you’ll probably be humming the chorus until, well um, the end of the world. Watch for Brett Mitchell & the giant GHOST on tour in the Michigan area as well as a new full length this year.

New Disease from the album Small House is one of the top 100 finalists (#38) in the Universal Pictures’ "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" contest.

Brett was selected to join the performing singer/songwriters on the Bluebird Cafe tent stage at The Country Throwdown Tour in Cleveland, OH.

Born Too Late, the video, was selected for the 2010 Chicago International Movies and Music Fest www.CIMM.org.

Latest review of Small House 3/1/10 by Pete Karoly

Brett Mitchell poses an interesting question on the opening cut of his album Small House. In a song titled "Born Too Late," he laments the fact that he was not there along with the others at Sun Studios when this thing called rock and roll was launched in earnest. "I could have been Elvis," he says. My question to him is, Presley or Costello, because I think you could be either or both.

Mitchell is a talent out of Midland and I would go so far as to say a formidable talent. The buzz on the web is that "Born Too Late" is in the running for some sort of brett mitchellaward, but I think that could be said for just about all of the cuts on this album. There is no disputing that he opens with a winner, but Mitchell goes through a variety of self-penned songs that more than hold their own both musically and lyrically.

What I find intriguing about this album is that each cut is different in style while maintaining an accessibility that is hard to beat. For instance, the second cut is the title track and, while Mitchell sings about sitting in a small house letting all his feelings out, I get visions of a modern version of the Beach Boys’ "In My Room." The difference is that Mitchell is there of his own accord and totally content. "Don’t Worry About Me" is reggaeish with a Midwestern mentality. My brother used to call this kind of music Rastabilly with an emphasis on the rasta. You still get the idea.

"New Disease" has a smart pop sound reminiscent of D.L. Byron, and I know just what disease this boy has. It’s the rockin’ pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu. There’s no vaccine for it, and nobody I know wants to be cured.

Mitchell just seems to be having fun making his music and, I have to admit, I had fun listening to it. From "OCD" (a harpsichord AND a sousaphone?) to "Neighbors" (a veggie shaker and two lap drums!) this album is full of pleasant surprises and lots of smiles. Just for the record, the last lap drum I remember is on Buddy Holly’s "Everyday" and, if it’s good enough for Buddy Holly, then it’s good enough for me.

Mitchell is backed live by the giant GHOST, which is made up of Rick Manges on electric guitar, Mike Cramton on drums, and Bill Hall on, no kidding, bass, do-rag and Frisbee. Whatever works for you, keep doing it because this works for me.

Going back to the first track, Mitchell complains that he could have been great but he was born too late. I think he was born at just the right time and, according to Shakespeare, some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them. With the right amount of luck, Brett Mitchell and the giant GHOST just might have all three.

"Last Chance" is a Top Five Finalist and "Born Too Late" is a Top Ten Finalist in Moody Blues member Mike Pinder’s Songwars Competition. Mike said Brett Mitchell’s song Born Too Late "was well crafted, with creative and catchy lyrics. I dug the whole thing."

"New Disease" was licensed for the Italian television show "Universication", episode 6.

"Neighbors" and "Onion" from Small House are licensed for Roadtrip Nation’s Miami and Australia trips’ dvds available for purchase at roadtripnation.com. "Empty Hearted" from {Stereo} was licensed for an episode, as well. We support the Green RV!

Born Too Late, the new video from Small House, won the Music Mix USA video contest and was picked up for national broadcast. It won the Best of HomeGrown Video contest, as well, selected by LiveMusicMedia (http:// www.livemusicmedia.net) to be broadcast on their Homegrown TV program in the New York City greater area, and by IndimusicTV for broadcast on their program on WLNY New York. It was also chosen to compete in the Digifest in Florence, Italy.

"Your bass player has good moves!" Mark Farner, Grand Funk Railroad

"Brett Mitchell & the giant GHOST is a TIGHT BAND. Brett is really great with a crowd - PRO". Martin Atkins, author of Tour Smart and drummer for groups Public Image Ltd., Ministry, Pigface, and Killing Joke.

"I went to 101 Main and was knocked out by Brett, Mike, Bill, and Rick. They were tight and groovy and Brett’s vocals were top notch - one of my favorite groups to see in this area. What a sweet night of music." William Jackson of Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise

"Mitchell can swing sweet and soft but he can rock yer socks off, too! And what a colorful musical landscape Brett creates on this disc (Small House). He’s the post-modern Georgia O’Keeffe of rock n’ roll, painting his songs with such vibrancy and erotic tension while still evoking a quiet beauty in the music. This is an artist in transition, maturing and reaching his enormous potential while still achieving balance and centeredness." -- Bo White

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