From American Idol to Lake City!
Jeneve Rose Mitchell learned her first song when she was 2 years old (The National Anthem), and has been playing stringed instruments since she was 3 (starting with the violin). Since she was 4 years old she has loved performing for audiences in any way she could... Including writing and acting in comedy plays that she and friends performed for family. When she was 11, she wrote her first song called "Rocky Mountain Hillbilly Girl", and has since written many songs. At 13 years old, she arranged a song for her and her dad to perform at the Western Music Association, and the two won Harmony Duo of the Year with her version of Cool Water on the cello.
At that same age, she recorded her first album on GarageBand. Her dad Tim has given her vocal instruction her whole life, but he says, "I’m not really a great singer... But I do show her how to become an actress every time she sings and fill her performances with emotion." And although her mother is not musical, "She gives me my on-stage attitude and charisma!" Jeneve says.
One of Jeneve’s achievements is how she helped raise enough money to build a new health clinic in her rural hometown near Crawford, Colorado, by performing benefit concerts with her multi-instrumental talents. Her father built the clinic, and her mother now runs it. She has performed these benefit concerts for five years.
Jeneve was born in the big city of Las Vegas, Nevada and lived there with her parents until she was 7. She then moved up to a wide expanse of wild land on top of Saddle Mountain in the Elk Wilderness, in Colorado, where she continues to live in a 5th-wheel trailer off the grid with no power and only mountain spring water. Jeneve makes money to buy her own instruments and music lessons by performing at senior citizen centers, birthday parties, festivals, and cowboy gatherings. This forced her dad to make an extension of the trailer by adding a new music room out of straw and clay so she could accommodate the rising multitude of instruments now infesting her small home. She is homeschooled so she has time to breed and train pack and trail horses, and play and write lots of music.
Not only does Jeneve play Country and Western music, but she considers herself an ambassador to American music and its origins of Gospel, Blues, Soul, Old-Time, Cowboy, Folk, Bluegrass, alternative, contemporary, pop and swing.
Jeneve’s inspiration for music comes from not only her dad and his side of the family, but from her late uncle Jay, who wrote songs for her to sing about her life up on the mountain. Before his passing, he wrote a very special song for her called "Colorado Skies", which she has on her first album.
Jeneve helps her family raise their own food by milking the goats, feeding ducks, turkeys, guineas, and other fowl, and taking care of the pigs, dogs, and mousing cats, along with training horses, gathering eggs, irrigating the hay fields twice a day, stacking the hay after cutting time, and tending the garden.
At the end of each day, when the sun goes down, and after the cows come home, out comes the Milky Way, and so do the oil lamps.