Mindy Smith performing in 2005
|Birth name||Mindy Smith|
|Born||June 1, 1972|
|Origin||Long Island, New York|
|Genres||folk, country, americana, rock, bluegrass, alternative, pop, indie|
Mindy Smith (born June 1, 1972 on Long Island, New York) is an American singer-songwriter. Her music can be classified as folk, country, Americana, bluegrass, pop, rock, and even alternative. Her voice and musical sound have been compared to that of Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Norah Jones, and Alison Krauss.
Smith was adopted at birth by a pastor and his wife. She has a brother and two sisters (Shannon, Kim and Don), and she grew up on Long Island, where she developed a passion for music and began singing at an early age. After her mother's death from cancer in 1991, Smith moved to Cincinnati for two years and then to Knoxville, Tennessee and, in 1998, she moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music.
Rise to fame
Smith gained popularity in 2003 when she was asked to contribute to the Dolly Parton tribute album Just Because I'm a Woman by her label, Vanguard Records. Her contribution to the project was a cover of Parton's classic "Jolene". Dolly Parton followed by adding backing vocals to a new mix of the song, which was then featured on Smith's debut album One Moment More, that was released in January 2004. The pair also performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
"Come to Jesus" was Smith's second single and biggest hit, receiving airplay on country music, Christian, AAA and adult contemporary radio. The song charted at No. 32 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart. "One Moment More" was the album's final single.
During her tour supporting One Moment More, Smith regularly sang a cover of Susan Ashton's song "No One Knows My Heart", which Smith has not yet released on an album.
Back to Long Island Shores
In October 2006, Smith released "Out Loud", the first single from her second album Long Island Shores. The song was well received by AAA rock radio and CMT. On January 10, 2007, she performed "Please Stay" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Smith included Buddy Miller as a duet vocalist for "What If the World Stops Turning".
In October 2007, Smith released a Christmas album, My Holiday. In addition to several standards, Smith wrote six original Christmas-themed songs. A song Popmatters describes as "standout", "I Know the Reason" includes duet vocals by Thad Cockrell.
In August 2009, Smith released her fourth studio album, Stupid Love. She appeared on The Early Show on August 15, 2009 to perform the first single, "Highs and Lows". On September 29, 2009, while promoting the album on the syndicated radio show World Cafe, Smith disclosed she had dealt with obsessive compulsive disorder.
In June 2012, Smith released an independent studio album, Mindy Smith, her fifth overall. With a hand-drawn cover and consisting of eleven tracks, the album was led by the single "Closer", which saw its music video aired on CMT.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|One Moment More||143||2||6||—||—|
|Long Island Shores||
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2003||"Jolene" (with Dolly Parton)||—||One Moment More|
|2004||"Come to Jesus"||32|
|"One Moment More"||—|
|2006||"Out Loud"||—||Long Island Shores|
|2009||"Highs and Lows"||—||Stupid Love|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2004||"Come to Jesus"||Sophie Muller|
|2005||"One Moment More"|
|2006||"Out Loud"||Traci Goudie|
|2011||"Taking You with Me" (with Daniel Tashian)|
|2012||"Closer"||Fairlight Hubbard/Ryan Hamblin|
|2013||"Anymore of This" (with Matthew Perryman Jones)||Fairlight Hubbard|
- Just Because I'm a Woman: The Songs of Dolly Parton (2003) - Track: "Jolene"
- Sweetheart 2005: Love Songs (2005, Hear Music) - Track: "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"
- This Bird Has Flown - A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul (2005) - Track: "The Word"
- Stronger Than Before - Olivia Newton-John (2005) - Track: "Phenomenal Woman"
- Those Were The Days - Dolly Parton (2005) - Track: "The Cruel War"
Awards and nominations
|2004||Americana Music Association||Best New/Emerging Artist of the Year||Won|
- Gilstrap, Andrew. "Mindy Smith: My Holiday". Popmatters. Retrieved 2009-10-24.
- "Mindy Smith Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- "Mindy Smith Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- "Mindy Smith Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- "Mindy Smith Album & Song Chart History - Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- Betts, Stephen L. (June 14, 2012). "Mindy Smith Album Due June 26, 'Closer' Tour to Follow". The Boot. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
- "Mindy Smith Album & Song Chart History - Adult Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 27, 2011.
- "CMT : Videos : Mindy Smith : Anymore of This". Country Music Television. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
None recognized before
|AMA New/Emerging Artist Of The Year