Vernessa Ann Mitchell is a contemporary Christian and Gospel recording artist whose vocal versatility has been heralded by R&B and House audiences. She began her career at the young age of 16, after being discovered by Berry Gordy of Motown Records. She and three other young ladies became a teen girl group called High Inergy and were signed by the label during the late ‘70s. Their first album went gold and produced the hit single “You Can’t Turn Me Off (In The Middle of Turning Me on).”
The group was featured on American Bandstand, Soul Train and television shows hosted by Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore, and Mike Douglas. Billed as the next-generation Supremes, they worked with noted artists, such as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson.
Vernessa’s solo debut album, “Higher Ground”, was released in 1985and quickly established her as a singer’s singer. The title cut on the project garnered Grammy and Dove Award nominations. The 1987 follow-up album, “On A Mission”, which included the hits “Stand Up and Be Counted” and “Someone Loves You” was much anticipated and built upon the success of “Higher Ground” and her critically acclaimed live performances that included Presidential Inaugurations and Salvation Army youth crusaders. However, it was her 1992 release, “Destiny”, which won the hearts of urban audiences throughout America and gained the attention of Dick Clark Productions and The Christian Athletic Association. “Destiny” acquired crossover success as its driving urban tone aggressively crossed religious barriers. Hits such as “Reap” and “You Took My Life” caught the ear of renowned DJ, Junior Vasquez; and were remixed–becoming anthems within major urban clubs throughout the United States, Europe and South America.
Vernessa’s voice became a soaring instrument of hope and joy as her music climbed the Billboard charts. Singles such as “Took My Life” which peaked at number one on the Dance Music/Club Play charts and “Love Will Find A Way” peaking at number five, were followed by more than a dozen singles that dominated the dance charts from 1999 to 2010. Her single, “This Joy,” went triple platinum and was declared to be the most influential dance song of 1999.Artist…vocalist…minister, and friend…each describe what audiences around the world have felt about Vernessa, but there is so much more. Those who have been touched by her life and music will attest to such. Many are gifted, but few are a gift freely presented to the world.