Mitch Emmons is a performing songwriter currently based in the Lake Martin area of East Alabama, but spends as much time in Nashville as he can manage.
“I have no grand ambitions as a recording artist,” he says. “I write songs. I’m not in Nashville fulltime, so I play and produce my own demos. What I am really trying to do is hone my craft, strengthen my catalog and build relationships. I play out to get my songs heard, to support my venture, and to have fun with folks who are enjoying what I'm doing.”
Mitch has been a musician most of his life and spent the past 20 plus years playing guitar, saxophone and even some pedal steel and bass with various local area bands covering the weekend tavern and party circuit. He now is devoting is full attention musically to improving and pursuing his songwriting.
“My primary performing ambitions are to get connected and involved with songwriters' showcase events and such, but my aspirations are to associate with an established Nashville-connected publisher/writers group and to develop my craft for use by true artists and performers,” Mitch says.
Beyond music, Mitch has had a successful career in the news media, public relations, marketing and training industries. With retirement within sight and the kids grown, educated, and launching successful lives of their own, he is preparing to devote his time, energy and resources to pursuing his songwriting ambition.
Mitch planned to make music his life’s work. Although he later completed graduate school in the communications field at Auburn University, Mitch studied and graduated among the first undergraduate class in the University of North Alabama’s new Commercial Music degree program in 1979. While still a student, he was fortunate enough to land a job at Wishbone recording studio -- at the time, one of the most successful recording studios and production companies in Muscle Shoals, Ala. During that period, Mitch had the opportunity to learn from some truly talented people and some real icons in the business.
“I tried to soak up as much as I could from session musicians such as Clayton Ivy, Larry Byrom, Bob Wray, and Roger Clark, just to name a few, but I learned real quickly that I didn’t have the kind of gift required to be a real studio musician,” Mitch says.
However, he also was able to associate with some really fantastic songwriters such as Mac McAnally, Donny Lowery, Walt Aldridge, Barbara Wyrick, and the late Robert Byrne and Tommy Brassfield.
“I knew then that the only thing I ever really wanted to do in music was write songs and hopefully hear others perform them,” Mitch says. “That's still true."
You can hear Mitch’s songs at a variety of online locations, including The Nashville Univese.com, at ReverbNation, Facebook, and on MySpace. Mitch can be contacted by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.