Mitch Franco: Young Swing Jazz Singer at Tommy T's
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The last date listed for Swing Jazz Singer Mitch Franco was Wednesday December 14, 2011 / 7:30pm.
Mitch Franco Smith was born and raised in Northern California. His mother, Gemma Franco once a professional recording artist in the Philippines and Father Mitch Smith got Mitchell into music at an early age. By the age of 3 Mitch was listening to a variety of music spanning from The Eagles, to Elton John, and many other artists.
At age 5 Mitch sung with his parents when they performed at various venues all across the Bay Area. Mitch was also a regular at his elementary school talent shows and performances.
At age 6 Mitch’s parents started him on the piano and got him familiarized with notes and playing music, and after months of lessons Mitchell developed an ear for music and could play anything he heard. He sang for every talent show, and sung at every ceremony from 1st grade to his 6th grade graduation.
At age 10 Mitch’s mom, Gemma bought a CD from a new artist named Michael Buble, now famous worldwide for covering hits from Frank Sinatra such as “Come Fly with Me” and “Summer Wind”. Mitch became fond of the new album and began researching jazz music immediately, discovering for the first time Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, etc. Mitch became soon obsessed with the era, watching ’50s films and becoming a big fan of Marilyn Monroe. Mitch had tried his voice at many styles, waiting for the right song to lock in with his style.
At age 13 after Mitch’s voice had changed, giving him a low bass tone, Mitch tried singing along to an old classic Sinatra tune entitled “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, and surprising himself and his parents the song was perfect for him, and Mitch has been singing jazz ever since. Mitch has also along the way picked up bass guitar and drums. Along the way, Mitch’s parents took Mitch to as many concert shows in and around town, to expose him to different artists and their performances.
Now at the age of 17 and a height of 6‘3, Mitch has been performing all over Sacramento and the Bay Area. His most recent performances include headlining at Tommy T’s in Rancho Cordova. In April 2012, Mitch is traveling to Beijing China to compete in the Shanghai International Song Fest.