Mitski Miyawaki (born Mitsuki Laycock) is a Japanese-American singer-songwriter.
She was born on September 27, 1990, in Japan to an American father and a Japanese mother. Her first language was Japanese, growing up in a small town in Mie Prefecture. She moved frequently while growing up due to her father's job at the United States Department of State, living in countries such as Turkey, China, Malaysia, the Czech Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo before settling in the United States. She sang in a choir in high school and was 18 when she wrote her first song on the piano
Mitski self-released her first two albums, Lush (2012), and Retired from Sad, New Career in Business (2013), while studying studio composition at Purchase College's Conservatory of Music. After graduating, she released her third studio album, Bury Me at Makeout Creek (2014), through Double Double Whammy. It was followed by Puberty 2 (2016) and Be the Cowboy (2018), released on Dead Oceans. Her single Your Best American Girl was named 13th best song of 2010s by Rolling Stones magazine. Mitski's 6th album, Laurel Hell was released on February 4th, 2022 on Dead Oceans.