We featured a quick chat with VaShawn Mitchell in the September/October 2012 issue of Gospel Today. The “Nobody Greater” gospel star releases his newest album, Created4This, on August 28, 2012. We talked about the new record and how he’s been handling his relatively new stardom.
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We had so much content that we couldn’t squeeze it all into the magazine– here’s MORE of our chat!
GT: Is it hard to remain humble, especially as your reach and profile continues to grow?
VM: Well, I always think about how I started. I started behind the scenes. I started as a songwriter and I served other ministries, and I think my story keeps me humble. It was only God that could do this– after so many years of singing, writing, directing and doing for others since I was 16 or 17 years old. To be 35 now, and to see what God has done in the last three years, I can only confess that all I am is solely because of God.
VM: I’m still a worship leader at my church, even though it’s becoming a bit difficult to maintain my schedule. But I believe that a lot of what we do has to be fed and grounded in our local ministries.
GT: Now that you’ve got this larger platform, how are you pouring into younger, aspiring artists? Do you feel the burden to do that?
VM: I don’t think of it as a burden– it’s a calling. I’ve already reached out to partner, even at this stage (because I don’t think I’ve reached the top of my potential yet). I’ve partnered with Tyscot to release Anthony Brown’s upcoming album, I produced Tasha Cobbs’ new project, just because I believe she has what it takes. There’s a myriad of young writers reaching out to me for advice and I never hold back to help them if I can. I think Noel Jones said that a man is not known by what he’s done, but by what he’s produced. When I leave this Earth, I would love to have been a part of the succession of other artists that have come behind me– and alongside me.