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Anaïs Mitchell
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Background information
Born March 26, 1981 (1981-03-26) (age 40)
Origin Montpelier, Vermont, U.S.
Genres Folk, Indie folk
Instruments Guitar
Years active 2002–present
Labels Righteous Babe Records
Associated acts Bon Iver, Ani DiFranco

Anaïs Mitchell ( born March 26, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Early life

Anaïs Mitchell is the daughter of a novelist and a college professor. She started writing and performing songs at the age of seventeen. As a child, she grew up on a farm in Addison County, Vermont. She also traveled to the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. She later studied at Middlebury College.


In 2002, Mitchell recorded her first album The Song They Sang When Rome Fell.

In 2003 Mitchell won the "New Folk" award at the Kerrville Folk Festival.

Her album, Hymns for the Exiled, was released on Chicago's Waterbug Records label in 2004. This recording caused her to be noticed by singer/songwriter, Ani DiFranco. DiFranco signed Mitchell to the Righteous Babe Records label.

In 2008 Mitchell was nominated in the Contemporary Artist category of the third annual Folk Alliance awards show broadcast. In September that same year Righteous Babe Records released country e.p.

Mitchell released an album called Young Man in America, on her Wilderland Records label in 2012.


  • The Song They Sang... When Rome Fell (2002)
  • Hymns for the Exiled (2004) Waterbug Records
  • The Brightness (2007) Righteous Babe Records
  • Country E.P. (2008) Righteous Babe Records (with Rachel Ries)
  • Hadestown (2010) Righteous Babe Records (with Ani DiFranco, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Greg Brown and Ben Knox Miller)
  • Young Man in America (2012)
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