C.J. Mitchell’s Permission 2 Love

Published On July 2, 2014 | By Kymbo Slice | Music

C.J. Mitchell PittsburghC.J. Mitchell might be a Pittsburgh transplant, but his love for the city shines in his music. Originally from Bluefield, West Virginia, C.J. is a singer-songwriter and activist who “represents” Pittsburgh to the fullest degree while “putting the LGBTQ community on his back”. He began at a young age with piano, moving on to direct choirs in high school and eventually settling in Louisville, KY to study vocal performance. Self-described as “if John Mayer and Lauryn Hill had a big gay baby” Mitchell’s talent, personality and passion is hard to glance over. His recently released video for “Permission 2 Love” garnered over 3,500 views in just one week and is grabbing the attention of hearts and minds in Pittsburgh and beyond.

And what timing this release has, given the recent landmark decision by PA legislation to legalize marriage for the gay community, whose hard-fought battle is now being celebrated through unions all across the state. There have been some very emotional moments and high points with the culmination of Pride weekend back in June, another aptly-timed affair. Another noticeable tie-in is the video’s location. Check it out for yourself.

Yup, that sure is Hot Mass, another Pittsburgh institution getting recent attention for their “secret techno sex parties” and rising club scene. Nestled below a bathhouse, Hot Mass welcomes queers and allies through its doors every Saturday night from midnight until about 7AM. And yes, folks stay that late consistently and love every minute of it. We find the location to be quite a fit for C.J.’s big personality and soulful sound.

He recorded the single at Pittsburgh’s very own LAB Therapy, a studio responsible for everything from audio and video production, to live sound engineering, to artist management, marketing and more. They’ve worked other local acts like Instead of Sleeping and produce the 412Nite show.

There’s a lot of Pittsburgh love going around right now, and our creative communities are becoming more and more connected. C.J. Mitchell is a prime example of what local folks can do if they dream big.

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