( ENSPIRE Music ) VaShawn Mitchell Premieres “See the Goodness Featuring Donnie McClurkin
ENSPIRE Contributor: Wesley Tran
Worldwide gospel star and 7x Stellar Award winner, VaShawn Mitchell has been named the newest brand ambassador for St Jude during the “See the Goodness” Campaign! Inspired by his new single, ‘See the Goodness’ featuring 3x Grammy Award-winner Donnie McClurkin. Being hailed, as “the faith anthem of the year”, the song is already making a major impression around the world and it’s only the beginning! Mitchell is using this song to encourage listeners around the world, that no matter what the current circumstances are, “You will see the goodness of the Lord, WHILE YOU LIVE!”
Directed by Darnell Cauley in Detroit, MI, it was very important to Mitchell how this particular song would be portrayed. “That night was so electric that it was important to me we capture the worship experience as it was happening. The presence of God was so palatable that no one left the same way they came.” Mitchell, who was recently named as St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital’s newest brand ambassador, hopes that the message of the song brings healing and comfort to those that need it most.
ENSPIRE was given the amazing opportunity to interview VaShawn. Read about it below!
What inspired you to create “See the Goodness” and why?
It was a song birthed out of necessity. It’s more than a song, but a declaration. I purposely wanted to write music for those that are coming out and moving to the next place in life. I want to encourage and inspire the listener that “after everything you’ve been through you will see his goodness”.
What do you want listeners to gain from listening to “See the
I want the listeners to gain the understanding and knowledge that they can see the goodness of God while they’re still living. Often life’s situation can seem overwhelming, but I would like to encourage listeners that “you will see the goodness of The Lord while you live…”
What chain of events led you to create gospel music or music?
My mentor taught me a long time ago to know who you are and what your assignment is on the earth. When you walk out of your assignment, you define your success, and it won’t define you. I knew my assignment early was to sing, write, and produce gospel music that encourages worshipers throughout the world.
Why did you decide to create Gospel music over any other type of music?
I was called to gospel music. Even at a young age when I would venture into other genres, it always lead me back to gospel.
Do you believe it is necessary to believe in your faith to gain the overall message from “See the Goodness”?
Although faith is very important in all that I do, the message remains the same. Those who are not of faith will hear the sound, feel it, and will want to know more about this God that I’m singing about.
As St Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital’s newest brand ambassador, what are some things that you are hoping to accomplish?
I’m hoping to continue to spread the message in a big way to share the awesome work that St Jude does year-round. I’m encouraging people to continue to give to this incredible organization and I hope the songs that are created will inspire the family of those undergoing patient care.
Throughout the years, VaShawn’s artistic vision has grown, shaping him into a mature worship leader and a recognized Gospel songwriter. In 2010, his passion and talent for songwriting, producing, and singing led him to release Triumphant which became his best-selling album to date. After soaring to the top of the charts with his mega-hit single, “Nobody Greater,” Mitchell received 11 Stellar Award nominations (the most received by any artist that year) and took home 6 trophies in 2011. He also earned two GRAMMY Award Nominations and two GMA Dove Award nominations for both the album and single.
The first single from his latest project is an infectious song entitled “Joy” which held the #1 spot on radio charts for several weeks and earned VaShawn his first Dove Award as an Artist for Urban Worship Song of the Year. In 2019, VaShawn released his latest project entitled Elements, celebrating 20 years in the gospel music industry. A deeply personal offering, VaShawn invites listeners to become acquainted with the standard elements of God’s character, the very elements that have carried him through the difficulties of both life and career.
To watch “See the Goodness,” check out the video below!