The Great Work of Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell was born Roberta Joan Mitchell in 1943 in Alberta, Canada. Joni Mitchell is a very talented singer/songwriter who has been active for over 30 years. Joni Mitchell is considered by many to be one of the best female artists of all time, and her album “Blue” is widely recognized as one of the best albums ever made by a female artist. Not only is she a great singer but she can also play the piano and the guitar as well as being a terrific songwriter. She in fact won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 2002.

Early Career

She began her career by playing in nightclubs in Saskatchewan, Canada. After moving to the United States and touring, she recorded her first album in 1968. She was awarded a Grammy Award for best folk performance for her album “Clouds” recorded in 1969. She has since received seven more Grammy Awards in various other categories including a lifetime achievement award.

Work as A Folk Singer

During the 1960s and 1970s she became a popular folk singer. Much of her music during this time reflected the social events of the time. The songs were very lyrical and easy for people to relate to. She explored and experimented with other music genre including jazz and pop music. Her album “Court and Spark” which was recorded in 1974 showed her movement into jazz fusion music. This album received four Grammy Award nominations, of which she won one award. Her vocal range changed over time. At first she was singing with a mezzo-soprano voice then later changing to a lower contralto voice. BY 1975 she was exploring different music genre such as rock, rhythm and blues and pop.

Newer Sounds

In the 1980s Joni Mitchell started to experiment and investigate the use of electronic music, and the use of drum machines and synthesizers in music. Her 1988 music album called “Chalk Mark in a Rain Storm” included collaborations with several other artists including Peter Gabriel, Tom Petty and Willie Nelson. The songs were political and influenced by the events that had occurred in the country; for instance, the song “Lakota” which was written about the battle that had taken place previously between the FBI and Native Americans on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

In 1994 her album “Turbulent Indigo” won two Grammy Awards. One of the awards was for Best Pop Album of the year. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2002, her album “Travelogue” was released, which contained a reworking of some of her previous songs. She produced more compilation albums in 2004 and 2005. In 2007 she was inducted into the Canadian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her album “Shine” that was released in 2007 contained new songs. This was to be her final album, which garnered much success and acclaim. Problems with her voice and other health problems prevented her from continuing to make more songs. Her contribution to music and influence on other musicians has been truly remarkable.