Joni Mitchell: b. 1943; Joni Mitchell is a Canadian musician, singer songwriter, and painter. In 1965 she moved to the United States and, after touring a few years, recorded her debut album in 1968. Her 1971 recording Blue has been called one of the best albums ever made. Mitchell has deeply influenced fellow musicians and her work is highly respected by critics. Mitchell's lyrics are noted for their poetics, addressing social and environmental ideals alongside personal feelings.