Chris grew up in the rural town of Hagan, GA and is a singer / guitarist / songwriter / composer that is has been touring the southeast for the last fourteen years. Chris earned a BM in music from Georgia Southern University and has recorded two albums with his former band Wallace Green (Wonderllamasoup, 1996) and (evandrool, 1999).
While attending GSU Chris studied classical guitar and voice. Chris performed the first student Classical Guitar recital at GSU and was a key member in the development of the program. Works on Chris' senior recital included selections by Carcassi, Sanz, Randy Rhoads, and works of Mitchell's own composition.
Interested in visual art as well as performing arts, Chris began studying graphic design in 1996 and started a graphic design house (Pladd Dot Graphics) to meet the design needs for his musical endeavors. Pladd Dot Graphics currently handles all of the artist's printed and web publishing as well as a small host of regional clients throughout the Southeast.
Chris is currently touring with a new band aptly named the Chris Mitchell Band. The group was handpicked from the finest musicians in the area to form the new ensemble. Brian Hendrix, lifelong friend and band mate in Wallace Green revives his role as bassist extraordinaire. Chris finally found the missing link in percussionist Matt Fallin - who holds a doctorate in percussion performance and as J.J. Evans would put it - is DY-NO-MITE!. The final member of the group is Chris' wife, Ashlee. Ashlee has gained notoriety throughout the Southeast as a strong vocalist and has performed throughout the area in several touring ensembles.
Chris took a hiatus from recording in 2007 to produce an album for his former student and colleague, Mary Hannah Riggins. The collaboration resulted in Damsel in Distress-a-lot, Mary's debut album on Pladd Dot Records.
Currently, Chris is hard at work on his first solo album, the pieces of smalltown which as it's namesake suggests, will offer an edgier "americana roots" tour of the artist's soul - tracing Mitchell's history to the "small towns" he knows and loves. The band will be in the studio recording later this year. There are plans for a Christmas album in in the future, marking the artist's fourth album. Chris' first instructional guitar book lessons for life (and guitar) was published in February 2009.
Chris maintains a guitar studio of about 45 students a week and manages all aspects of Pladd Dot Music, Pladd Dot Publishing, and Pladd Dot Graphics. Pladd Dot Music currently has over 150 students enrolled in private lessons and has a retail division that caters to the Statesboro and Savannah area. In Fall of 2008, Chris took on the responsibilites as an adjunct professor at GSU to teach students enrolled in the guitar program.
Chris lives in Statesboro with his wife Ashlee and their cat, Sebastian.