2020 is a year many of us want to forget. But “2020,” the latest single by fast-rising singer/songwriter Mitch Rossell, will long remain in the hearts of country music fans.
Accompanied only by celebrated studio ace Gordon Mote on piano, Rossell’s masterful solo composition is a prayer for healing after “the devil’s … been bullying us all year” and a plea to “bridge the line that’s drawn across this country before hindsight’s 20/20.” Its eloquent simplicity resonated quickly in the wake of its Dec. 29, 2020 release. Within days it had rocketed to No. 1 on the iTunes Country Genre Chart and lodged at No. 6 on its All Genre Chart.
“It’s been absolutely incredible watching “2020” explode across social media. Lately, it’s hard to find much positivity in the climate of division we’re living in. But seeing people from all walks of life rally around this song has shown me that we can be Americans first, once again. At the end of the day, I think we’re a lot more alike than we realize, and it’s my hope and prayer that we continue to see that truth. I’m so humbled and honored that God gave me the privilege of being a vessel for this song,” Mitch said.
The young artist’s star is already ascendant throughout the country music community. Having relocated to Nashville from East Tennessee and paid his dues in honky-tonk gigs and writing sessions, he began sending unsolicited demos to Country Music Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks. Two years later Rossell wrote “Ask Me How I Know” on his own. A year after that, Brooks cut and released it — and it became his first No. 1 hit in seven years. Subsequently Brooks would release two more singles: “All Day Long” and a duo with Blake Shelton, “Dive Bar,” both of which Rossell had a hand in writing. Rossell and Brooks also collaborated with Bryan Kennedy to write “That’s What Cowboys Do,” which Brooks released on his album Fun.
Rossell is well into his own performing career. Since opening for Brooks on his 2016 world tour, he released four singles. The first, “All I Need To See,” was included on five major editorial Spotify playlists and streamed more than 8.8 million times. His YouTube channel has drawn more than 9 million views. He has also joined the prestigious Wrensong Publishing firm, whose roster of writers has included Trevor Rosen (Old Dominion), Ashley Monroe (Pistol Annies), Jacob Davis, Colin Elmore and other hit-making writers.