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Mitchell Froom
Born June 29, 1953 (1953-06-29) (age 56)
Origin United States
Occupations Musician, record producer
Instruments keyboard
Years active 1982–present

Mitchell Froom (born June 29, 1953)[1] is an American musician and record producer.



Froom began his career as a keyboard player in Sonoma County, California. The band Crossfire featured two keyboards players; Mitchell on one side of the stage and brother David on the other with Gary Pihl on guitar . They rocked the SF Bay Area club scene for years much to the delight of their local fans. He played keyboards on the Ronnie Montrose-led group Gamma's third album Gamma 3.

He produced the first three Crowded House albums, which led to more production jobs with Richard Thompson, Los Lobos, American Music Club and Suzanne Vega, who is now his ex-wife. One early notable work, Key of Cool, later became the soundtrack for the adult film, Café Flesh.

Froom has partnered with engineer Tchad Blake. In 1994 Froom and Blake joined with David Hidalgo and Louie Perez of Los Lobos to form the experimental roots collaboration Latin Playboys. Production credits include albums from Tasmin Archer, The Bangles, The Corrs, Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Crowded House, The Ditty Bops, Tim Finn, Missy Higgins, Indigo Girls, Paul McCartney, Maria McKee, Pat McLaughlin, Randy Newman, Nerina Pallot, Pearl Jam, Phantom Planet, Daniel Powter, Bonnie Raitt, Ron Sexsmith, Richard Thompson and Suzanne Vega.

Personal life

His daughter Charlotte (born 1986) is the former bassist in The Like. Charlotte's mother, Connie Jester, was his first wife.

Froom married Suzanne Vega in 1995; they separated in 1998. Soul Coughing's 1994 album, Ruby Vroom, was named after their daughter, Ruby Froom (born July 8, 1994).

He married Vonda Shepard in 2004. They had their first child, Jack Froom, (named for Froom's late father, a noted physician and educator), on April 15, 2006.

His brother is David Froom, a prominent classical composer and Department Chair of the Music Department at St. Mary's College of Maryland.


  1. ^ Family Tree Legends [1]

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