In her sophomore album, Love Will Remain, San Diego-based country artist, Vanessa Mitchell, showcases quite a storytelling range as she musically examines intense grief following the loss of her father to pancreatic cancer in January 2022. 

While her debut solo album, Nice To Meet You was released back in 2010, Vanessa states, “I didn’t have anything to say… Until now.” 

This new album to be released in January 2023 focuses on a different love story – that of a father & daughter. 

Vanessa says, “I’m dealing with my grief in the only way I know how, which is being creative. It’s quite cathartic to hear music that acts as a soundtrack to your feelings. 

My Dad was AMAZING – A best friend and mentor. I honestly can’t believe that now he’s someone ‘to be remembered.’ 

I didn’t think I had the energy to write another song being nearly 40 years old raising three kids, nurturing a marriage, and running a business where team members and clients rely on me. 

But as Martina McBride sang, ‘The pain’s gotta go somewhere.’ 

After Dad was diagnosed, our family talked all day about what needed to be done medically, but the elephant in the room was the fact that he might not survive this. There were a lot of hidden tears to be strong for each other. 

Music allowed me to express the unsaid. 

Having a ‘project’ allowed me to feel some sense of control during a time when I otherwise didn’t have any. 

My Dad's in Heaven now, but releasing this album feels very On Purpose and In Service. 

Someone will hear my songs and feel less alone. 

It’s incredibly powerful if you can give someone the gift of feeling understood.  It's a GOOD thing. 

And if we're not doing good things, what ARE we doing?”


Vanessa graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Jewelry Design from the University of Michigan in 2001. 

A passionate storyteller, Vanessa is an accomplished artist dedicated to honing her craft regardless of the medium.

In 2005, Vanessa pressed the gas pedal on investing her time as a diamond setter.  

Following a diamond setting apprenticeship with a Russian master jeweler, she began creating custom diamond rings for clients worldwide.  

She built a company, Vanessa Nicole Jewels, from the ground up with no outside funding, surpassing milestones only 2% of female founders achieve.  

YouTube changed everything for me. A jeweler I revered didn’t think I was the one setting the diamonds because my hands looked too nice, so I set up a camera and started making rings in front of the world. By that time I’d already been in the industry since 2002 and my prospects were… Less than desirable. It’s disheartening when you have a skill with very few people to serve.  

The first video released on Thanksgiving 2011 turned on a faucet of future clients – I’m EXTREMELY grateful for that.” 

Vanessa has received nearly 2 million views on YouTube for her educational ring videos, and she is the author of the #1 Bestselling book, The Perfect Custom Engagement Ring. 

Working 1:1 with clients, Vanessa infuses their love story into each custom ring.  

This new album to be released in January 2023 focuses on a different love story – that of a father & daughter.