Canadian Joni Mitchell has had one of the most successful and influential careers of any female singer-songwriter. From her early days writing introspective, literate folk ballads (the album Blue is a highlight) through increasing sophistication and musical exploration (The Hissing of Summer Lawns is brilliant), Mitchell is a hugely talented and restless explorer of the human journey. Musically, Mitchell has incorporated pop, jazz, folk and fusion styles using her piano skills, curious guitar tunings, and support from stellar musicians.
Lyrically, Joni Mitchell’s songs often investigate aspects of male-female relationships, but never from a clichéd or antagonistic perspective (check out “Coyote” from Hejira). She rejected the label ‘feminist’ yet stands as a shining example of a fully formed, self-determining woman in an era of strutting male ‘superstars’. One cannot imagine a Katy Perry or a Taylor Swift without Mitchell’s influence. No lesser icon than Madonna has said, ‘I worshipped her when I was in high school… of all the women I've heard, she had the most profound effect on me from a lyrical point of view.’