Joni Mitchell


Roberta Joan "Joni" Mitchell (née Anderson; born November 7, 1943) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter. Drawing from folk, pop, rock, classical, and jazz, Mitchell's songs often reflect on social and philosophical ideals as well as her feelings about romance, womanhood, disillusionment and joy. She has received many accolades, including ten Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. Rolling Stone called her "one of the greatest songwriters ever", and AllMusic has stated, "When the dust settles, Joni Mitchell may stand as the most important and influential female recording artist of the late 20th century".Mitchell began singing in small nightclubs in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and throughout western Canada, before moving on to the nightclubs of Toronto, Ontario. She moved to the United States and began touring in 1965. Some of her original songs ("Urge for Going", "Chelsea Morning", "Both Sides, Now", "The Circle Game") were recorded by other folk singers, allowing her to sign with Reprise Records and record her debut album, Song to a Seagull, in 1968. Settling in Southern California, Mitchell helped define an era and a generation with popular songs like "Big Yellow Taxi" and "Woodstock". Her 1971 album Blue is often cited as one of the best albums of all time; it was rated the 30th best album ever made in Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time", rising to number 3 in the 2020 edition. In 2000, The New York Times chose Blue as one of the 25 albums that represented "turning points and pinnacles in 20th-century popular music". NPR ranked Blue number 1 on a 2017 list of Greatest Albums Made By Women.Mitchell switched labels and began exploring more jazz-influenced melodic ideas, by way of lush pop textures, on 1974's Court and Spark, which featured the radio hits "Help Me" and "Free Man in Paris" and became her best-selling album. Mitchell's vocal range began to shift from mezzo-soprano to more of a wide-ranging contralto around 1975. Her distinctive piano and open-tuned guitar compositions also grew more harmonically and rhythmically complex as she melded jazz with rock and roll, R&B, classical music and non-Western beats. In the late 1970s, she began working with noted jazz musicians including Jaco Pastorius, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Pat Metheny as well as Charles Mingus, who asked her to collaborate on his final recordings. She later turned to pop and electronic music and engaged in political protest. She was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards in 2002 and became a Kennedy Center Honoree in 2021.Mitchell produced or co-produced most of her albums. A critic of the music industry, she quit touring and released her 17th and last album of original songs in 2007. Mitchell has designed most of her own album covers, describing herself as a "painter derailed by circumstance".


August 6, 2022

How Joni Mitchell Became a Millennial and Gen-Z Hero

In the afterglow of her Newport Folk Festival comeback, we pay tribute to her one-of-a-kind genius, with Cameron Crowe, guitarist Larry Carlton, and more weighing in

August 5, 2022

Joni Mitchell’s ‘Both Sides Now’ Returns to Charts After Surprise Newport Performance

The song leads LyricFind U.S. and Global and sees sales and streaming bumps.

August 3, 2022

Photos of the Month: July 2022

July was filled with ups, downs and plenty of music. First of all, the summer festival season is in full swing, as evidenced by so many of our favorite photos of the month — from Joni Mitchell‘s once-in-a-lifetime Joni Jam at the Newport Folk Festival to NOS Alive in Lisbon, Portugal, which featured performances by […]

August 1, 2022

Mo Ostin, Legendary Warner Bros. Records Chief, Dies at 95

The pioneering executive led the careers of Joni Mitchell, the Kinks, Jimi Hendrix and others at the label.

July 29, 2022

A new Joni Mitchell ‘Asylum Albums’ box set is being released

A remastered version of 'You Turn Me On I’m a Radio' has also been shared The post A new Joni Mitchell ‘Asylum Albums’ box set is being released appeared first on NME.

July 28, 2022

New Joni Mitchell Box Set Chronicles the Turn She Took After ‘Blue’

The Asylum Albums (1972-1975) features an essay by her friend and fellow Canadian Scorpio Neil Young

July 28, 2022

‘She Schooled Us All’: Inside Joni Mitchell’s Stunning Return to Newport Folk Festival

Festival organizers and performers share the joyful, surprising story behind Mitchell's first full set in 20 years

July 26, 2022

Joni Mitchell re-learned guitar after her brain aneurysm by watching online videos

Mitchell recently performed at the Newport Folk Festival for the first time in 53 years The post Joni Mitchell re-learned guitar after her brain aneurysm by watching online videos appeared first on NME.

July 25, 2022

Joni Mitchell Is Still Singing “Both Sides Now”

The legend played her first show in 22 years at the Newport Folk Festival, imbuing her early masterpieces with lived experience

July 25, 2022

Watch Joni Mitchell Discuss Her Surprise Newport Folk Festival Appearance on CBS Mornings

She says she re-learned guitar after her 2015 brain aneurysm with “videos on the net”

July 25, 2022

Legendary Surprises, Rising Stars, and Powerful Voices: The Best Things We Saw at Newport Folk Festival 2022

Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon were just two of the performers who made the first full-capacity Newport since 2019 one to remember

July 25, 2022

Joni Mitchell Plays Surprise Newport Folk Festival Set With Special Guests

Marcus Mumford and Brandi Carlile were among the superfans who joined Mitchell for her first Newport set in 20 years this weekend.

July 25, 2022

Watch Joni Mitchell’s surprise performance at Newport Folk Festival

She joined Brandi Carlile onstage to sing 'A Case Of You' and 'Both Sides Now' The post Watch Joni Mitchell’s surprise performance at Newport Folk Festival appeared first on NME.

July 25, 2022

Watch Joni Mitchell Surprise Newport Folk Festival With Her First Full Set In Over 20 Years

Joined by Brandi Carlile, Marcus Mumford and other artists, Mitchell played guitar, told stories, and sang a dozen songs in a surprise Newport headlining performance

July 7, 2022

‘You’re a Mean Old Mama’: Hear Steely Dan’s Rare Cover of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Carey’

"Carey" cover was rumored to be cut from 2007 Mitchell tribute compilation

June 23, 2022

Jens Lekman Explains How Streaming Culture, And Joni Mitchell, Inspired Him While Re-Recording Two Beloved Albums

"I think of these records as portals, or tombstones that lead to the original records," the Swedish singer-songwriter says of his recently re-recorded full-lengths.

June 8, 2022

The Music That Made Cyndi Lauper

From classic Broadway musicals to Joni Mitchell’s vivid songwriting to the genius of Missy Elliott, here are the sounds that shaped the pop eccentric’s life, five years at a time.

June 2, 2022

Brandi Carlile Is a Queer Icon — And She’s Making the Music Business Better, Too

When her career thrives, so does her activism — be it championing her causes through ticket sales, speaking up for rising artists or ensuring living legends (like Joni Mitchell) get their due.

May 20, 2022

Kelly Clarkson Brings Some Joni Mitchell ‘Blue’ to Daytime TV With Tender ‘River’ Cover

Performance was part of the singer's recurring "Kellyoke" segment on The Kelly Clarkson Show

May 12, 2022

Lorde Delves Into Her Musical Journey on New Sonos Radio Station ‘Solarsystm’

The new station features songs from Radiohead, Cocteau Twins, Joni Mitchell, Black Star and more

April 4, 2022

Joni Mitchell Gets Her Flowers and Silk Sonic Serve Up Sin City Hits at the Biggest Grammy Parties

Check out these dispatches from the trendiest, wildest, most star-studded blowouts as the music industry descended on Las Vegas

April 4, 2022

Watch Joni Mitchell sing in public for the first time since 2013

She joined Beck, Brandi Carlile, Jon Batiste, Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Stills and more to sing her 1970 classics ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ and ‘The Circle Game’ The post Watch Joni Mitchell sing in public for the first time since 2013 appeared first on NME.

April 4, 2022

Brandi Carlile Performs “Right on Time” at the 2022 Grammys: Watch

Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt introduced Carlile at tonight’s ceremony

April 4, 2022

St. Vincent on Honoring Joni Mitchell, Nomination & More | 2022 GRAMMYs

Billboard’s Carl Lamarre spoke with St. Vincent on the red carpet of the 2022 GRAMMY Awards about her GRAMMY nomination, paying homage to Joni Mitchell and more.

April 3, 2022

Joni Mitchell Wins Best Historical Album and Gives Speech at 2022 Grammys

Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) won for Best Historical Album

April 3, 2022

Joni Mitchell to present at the 2022 Grammys

The iconic singer-songwriter is also nominated for Best Historical Album The post Joni Mitchell to present at the 2022 Grammys appeared first on NME.

April 2, 2022

Inside MusiCares Person of the Year Gala Honoring Joni Mitchell: ‘You are Immortal’

The evening's performers included John Legend, Herbie Hancock, Sara Bareilles, Leon Bridges and Stephen Stills.