Six-time Stellar Award-winner and GRAMMY® Award-nominated recording artist VaShawn Mitchell shared to the top of the charts last year with his mega-hit single “Nobody Greater,” from his top-selling, award-winning album Triumphant. In 2011, Mitchell received 11 Stellar Award nominations, the most nominations received by an artist that year. Billboard magazine declared “Nobody Greater” the #1 Most Played Gospel Song of 2011. Mitchell was named Billboard’s #1 Gospel Radio Artist of 2011 and Triumphant was among the Top 5 Gospel Albums of 2011.
The single held the #1 position for nine consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart and crossed-over to the Urban Contemporary Adult charts. Mitchell also received two GRAMMY® and two GMA Dove Award nominations for both the album and single.
VaShawn started the Norman Youth and Arts Foundation, named in memory of his grandfather. As their first projects, they sponsored summer youth camps for the arts in the Chicago area because arts programs have been eliminated from so many schools and school districts there. Mitchell was recently honored by his hometown when they named the street where he grew up “VaShawn Mitchell Street.” It was an experience that he describes as “humbling and encouraging,” and one that offered him another opportunity to inspire young people to work hard and achieve their goals. He believes that he is a role model for young people, and that it is part of his calling. It’s a role that is both proud and happy to take on.