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Aaron Fredrick "AJ" Mitchell Jr. (born May 17, 2001),[2] is an American singer-songwriter and musician who is currently signed to Epic Records. He gained a following in 2017 after posting clips of himself singing and performing covers on YouTube and Instagram. His first independent single, "Used To Be", was written by Mitchell at age 13 and has over 60 million streams.[3]

Mitchell has three songs which have reached the top 40 on the US radio charts, the July 2018 release "Girls", which reached No. 39,[4] the March 2019 release "All My Friends", which reached No. 24,[5] and "Slow Dance" (featuring Ava Max), which broke into the Top 40 charts in October 2019.[6]

Early life

AJ Mitchell was born in Belleville, Illinois on May 17, 2001. His mother, Allison Mitchell, is a small business owner and his father, Aaron Fredrick Mitchell Sr, is a traveling nurse. AJ is the couple's only son and youngest child, after their daughters Andrea and Addison (Addy).

Mitchell began piano lessons at 4, inspired by his father who was also learning to play piano and write songs. Mitchell attended Belleville West High School, where he played on the football team and sang in the school choir. [3]


2015–2016: Career beginnings

By 13, Mitchell began performing at local open-mic nights in his hometown and posting covers on YouTube and Instagram, which helped him gain a significant following.[3] Mitchell's social media fan base helped him capture the attention of the LA-based artist manager that Mitchell has worked with since 2015.

Mitchell's videos on social media granted him an opportunity to relocate to Los Angeles in 2015 to collaborate with internet marketing agency Team 10. After a brief period together, Mitchell left the group to focus his energy entirely on music.[7]

2017–2018: Hopeful

In 2017, Mitchell released his first independent single "Used to Be", a song he wrote at age 13. The song was produced by hip-hop producer and engineer Mike Dean. "Used to Be" has now gained over 60 million streams.

After departing the social media group, Mitchell received interest from many different record labels but eventually decided to sign with Epic Records. He inked his first major deal with the label in February 2018.

Mitchell's first studio EP with Epic, Hopeful, was released in July 2018. Its lead single "Girls", co-written by Mitchell and Romans, reached No. 39 on the US Mediabase pop radio chart.[4] In November 2018, Billboard and Vevo named AJ one of the top 19 artists to watch in 2019.[8] AJ is headlining his first US tour in spring 2019.[9]

Epic Records CEO Sylvia Rhone referred to Mitchell's music as "exciting things to come", when discussing the growing talent roster at the record label.[10]

In 2018, Mitchell collaborated with Bay Area R&B singer-songwriter Marteen for the song "No Plans". Marteen later joined Mitchell in a support slot on the following year's 2019 Hopeful Tour.

2019–present: Slow Dance and Skyview

In May 2019, Mitchell collaborated with songwriting duo Teamwork and Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt on the song "After Hours".[11][12]

Later that month, in an interview with Billboard, Mitchell announced that his forthcoming debut full-length album with Epic Records was nearly finished and would be released "very, very soon". The mid-tempo single "All My Friends", which debuted on the radio charts in April 2019, was confirmed as the first single from the album, titled Skyview.[7][13]

On August 23, 2019, Mitchell released his second EP Slow Dance, which includes his singles "Talk So Much", "Move On", and the title track featuring American singer Ava Max.[14]



Mitchell cites a wide variety of music as influential to his songwriting style, regularly noting his admiration of artists like Bruno Mars and Lil Wayne.[15]



Title Details

Extended plays

Title Details Track listing
  • Released: July 20, 2018
  • Label: Epic


Slow Dance[14]
  • Released: August 23, 2019
  • Label: Epic



List of singles, showing year released, selected chart positions and album details
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Somebody"[19] 2018 Non-album singles
"Used to Be"[20]
"Girls"[22] 39 Hopeful
"No Plans"
(featuring Marteen)[23]
Non-album single
"All My Friends"[24] 2019 24 Skyview
"Talk So Much"[25] Slow Dance
(with Teamwork and Nina Nesbitt)[12]
Non-album singles
"Without You Now"
(with Digital Farm Animals)[26]
"Move On"[27] Slow Dance
"Slow Dance"
(featuring Ava Max)[28]
"Down in Flames"[29] Skyview
"Like Strangers Do"[30]
"Say It Again"[31]
"Spring Break"
(featuring Rich the Kid)[33]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released.

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"After You" 2020 Meghan Trainor Treat Myself



  1. "Epic Records – Artist". Epic Records.
  2. "AJ Mitchell | Biography". AllMusic.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Maddox, Teri (May 3, 2019). "Is a former Belleville teen headed for singing stardom? His L.A. manager says ‘yes’".
  4. 4.0 4.1 "AJ Mitchell's "Girls" Enters Top 40 at Pop Radio". November 25, 2018.
  5. "Billie Eilish, Bryce Vine, AJ Mitchell Songs Make Top 25 at Pop Radio". May 12, 2019.
  6. "Songs By Ariana, Miley & Lana, Maroon 5, AJ Mitchell & Ava Max Reach Top 40 At Pop Radio". 2019-09-22.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "AJ Mitchell Talks Breakout Single 'All My Friends' & Plans for His 'More Mature' Debut Album: 'It's So Personal'".
  8. "Billboard Reteams With Vevo to Announce 2019 DSCVR Artists To Watch List: Exclusive". November 15, 2018.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "AJ Mitchell to Headline 2019 'Hopeful' Tour". November 17, 2018.
  10. Halperin, Shirley (May 2, 2019). "Epic Records Chairman Sylvia Rhone: 'It's a Watershed Moment for Black Culture'". Variety.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Afterhours – Single by teamwork, Nina Nesbitt & AJ Mitchell".
  13. 13.0 13.1 Maddox, Teri (May 3, 2019). "Is a former Belleville teen headed for singing stardom? His L.A. manager says ‘yes’". Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "Slow Dance – EP by AJ Mitchell". Retrieved August 24, 2019.
  15. "AJ Mitchell | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  16. AJ Mitchell on Skyview, 'Used To Be' and 2020 plans
  17. "iTunes – AJ Mitchell – Extended Plays – Hopeful".
  18. "Pop Songs: June 15, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  19. "iTunes – AJ Mitchell – Single – Somebody".
  20. "iTunes AJ Mitchell – Single – Used To Be".
  21. "iTunes AJ Mitchell – Single – MIND".
  22. AJ Mitchell- Girls on YouTube
  23. "iTunes AJ Mitchell – Single – No Plans".
  24. "iTunes AJ Mitchell – Single – All My Friends".
  25. "Talk So Much – Single by AJ Mitchell". Retrieved May 17, 2010.
  26. "Without You Now - Single by Digital Farm Animals & AJ Mitchell on Apple Music". Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  27. "Move On - Single by AJ Mitchell on Apple Music". Retrieved July 26, 2019.
  28. "Slow Dance ft. @avamax". August 7, 2019. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
  29. "Down In Flames - Single by AJ Mitchell on Apple Music". Retrieved 2020-04-14.
  30. "Like Strangers Do – Single by AJ Mitchell". Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  31. "Say It Again – Single by AJ Mitchell". Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  32. "Unstoppable – Single by AJ Mitchell". Retrieved November 22, 2019.
  33. @ajmitchell (March 4, 2020). "sneak peek" (Tweet).
  34. "AJ Mitchell announces winter headline tour". Epic Records. November 16, 2018.

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