VaShawn Mitchell, the acclaimed American gospel singer and songwriter, recently became an honorary member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. at the fraternity’s 2023 conclave in Houston. Mitchell’s induction as an honorary member of the fraternity celebrates his exceptional contributions to gospel music and his profound impact on the industry.
Mitchell took to social media to make the announcement that he is now an honorary member with a photo of him standing next to the fraternity’s International President Chris Rey.
With a career spanning two decades, Mitchell has garnered widespread acclaim for his moving musicianship and impassioned lyrics. He has produced several Stellar Award-winning projects and songs for Grammy Award-winning artists Vanessa Bell Armstrong and Smokie Norful. His talent earned him two Grammy nominations for Best Gospel Performance and Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album.
Hailing from Harvey, Illinois, Mitchell’s musical journey has been deeply influenced by his upbringing in Chicago. Through his experiences as a choir director, teacher, and international performer, Mitchell has honed his unique sound and become a source of inspiration for both established and emerging artists.
The induction of VaShawn Mitchell as an honorary member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. further solidifies his legacy as an exceptional talent within the gospel music community. His contributions to the genre and his ability to inspire through his artistry continue to leave an indelible mark. As Mitchell joins the esteemed ranks of the fraternity, his presence serves as a reminder of the transformative power of gospel music and its ability to touch lives.
The announcement was made on Sunday via the fraternity’s social media channels.
The ceremony, held during Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.’s conclave, brought together fraternity members to celebrate Mitchell’s achievements. The event showcased the fraternity’s commitment to recognizing outstanding individuals and underscored Mitchell’s enduring impact on the industry.
Other inductees of the 2023 conclave include pastor/gospel artist Bishop Hezekiah Walker, US Representative Maxwell Alejandro Frost, actor William Stanford Davis, and NASA astronauts Benjamin Alvin Drew, Jr. and Ed Dwight.
As VaShawn Mitchell’s induction amplifies his influence, his journey continues to serve as an inspiration to others, encouraging them to embrace their own personal elements and harness the power of music to create positive change.