Messianic musician Troy Mitchell recently released his new album, Awake. Eden, his daughter and longtime 12-21er and a three-year camp Tzadi camper, helped her father with his album artwork.
We sat down with her and asked her some questions.
How long have you been an artist?
I have been into art for as long as I can remember. Art has always been a part of me, and it’s a mechanism that I use to understand the world around me. As I’ve grown in my art, I’ve used it more to express how I feel about my faith, the world and the ideas around me.
What inspired you for the artwork on your dad’s album?
I’d say the album name is what really inspired me. I did not have any inspiration for the longest time. Nothing was coming to me until I found out the album was going to be called Awake. I came across a really pretty picture of a sunrise and suddenly I was just filled with inspiration and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. What better represents being awake than a sunrise?
Did you sing with your dad on this album? If so, which song?
I did not sing with my dad on this album, although I did on his previous album! I think my sister would be mad if I got to sing twice…haha! But I do love singing and the days that I get to sing with my dad are the best days!
What inspires your creativity?
My creativity is inspired by the world around me. I love bright colors and nature. When I look at how beautiful the world is and see all the sunsets that are different every day, the mountains, and so many different types of flowers, how could I not be inspired? God’s creation is a masterpiece and something that I attempt to bring forth in my own art.
Was it fun working with your dad on this project?
Yes! I didn’t even know I was going to be a part of it until about a month before the album was finished. My Dad just let me do whatever I wanted with the album cover so I guess if you don’t like it you can come to me…haha! It was really inspiring to work on the artwork though, especially during this time of COVID-19.
What type of music is your favorite?
I like acoustic, very chill music mixed with some oldies every once and a while. And if you know me, of course Taylor Swift.
Do you write songs like your dad?
I wish I could write songs! When I was younger, I liked to think I could, but they were really just all over the place. Singing is more for me.
Explain to us the meaning behind the cover, what led you to that artwork?
The meaning behind the cover is just being awake and the sunrise is what I used to represent that. Almost every song in the album has to do with waking up. I chose to include the Hebrew letter ayin because it is the first letter of the Hebrew word for awake. The ayin is made up of flowers, which also represent the springtime when the earth is waking up as well as the resurrection.
What is something funny/unique about your art?
I don’t know why, but when I was really little, I used to draw everything upside down.
What’s are your hopes for the future as an artist?
My hopes for the future are to be able to go into art therapy and use art to help other people.
Join Troy Mitchell's Lag Ba'Omer live concert on May 12 at 7:00 PM CDT HERE!