Annie takes Centre Stage
The Mitchell family have a long history with Carey Baptist College. Des Mitchell was Carey’s first Principal and his wife Nicolé is a teacher at Carey Harrisdale. Together they have three children – Jacob, Harry and Annie – who are all graduates from Carey and are all musicians!
Annie’s Carey journey began in 2002 in one of the first Kindergarten groups at Carey Harrisdale. Since graduating from Carey in 2015, Annie has been studying Contemporary Voice at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in Mount Lawley. Now in her penultimate year at WAAPA, she has been singing and touring with various groups and bands including the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO). She even travelled to Japan last year where she studied at SHOWA University and performed and recorded with the students at their jazz festivals.
A huge career highlight came earlier this year when she performed with the Mace Francis Orchestra (MFO) at the Quarry Amphitheatre.
“I have admired MFO’s music for a long time so it was a great privilege to perform with them,” Annie said.
Annie also received high praise from the Weekend Arts newspaper about her performance at the Corner Pocket Jazz Festival.
“Opening a trifle understated, Mitchell soon asserted her art, a darkly delicious ballad voice rising effortlessly to a belt when needed.”
Annie’s future aspirations are to complete her studies at WAAPA in 2019 and continuing to teach, alongside songwriting with the aim to release an EP.
“I hope to produce music that not only connects with my experiences as a person, but also connects with other peoples too.”
If you would like to see Annie in action, she is singing with the Swing band ‘950 Local’ at the Mustang Bar in Northbridge on Friday 26 October at 7pm. She would love to see some friendly faces there!
Photos by Maria Brunn-Schmidt