Mindy Smith

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Mindy Smith
Mindy Smith performing in 2005
Background information
Birth name Mindy Smith
Born (1972-06-01) June 1, 1972 (age 44)
Origin Long Island, New York
Genres folk, country, americana, rock, bluegrass, alternative, pop, indie
Instruments guitar, piano
Years active 2003–present
Labels Vanguard
Website http://www.mindysmithmusic.com

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 alternative.[citation needed]


Born to Sarah Christina Hoffman who was mentally ill and unable to properly raise Smith and her biological siblings, 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[edit]

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. Parton made a cameo Smith's video for the song, and 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.

In 2004 Smith appeared at the long-established Cambridge Folk Festival in the United Kingdom, which was broadcast nationally on BBC Radio.

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.

Charity Work[edit]

In March 2013, Mindy Smith worked alongside Anthropologie during an in-store performance to raise money and awareness for the Captain Planet Foundation, a non-profit organization. Anthropologie donated 15% of all the sales made in the first hour after Smith's performance to CPF.[1]

Back to Long Island Shores[edit]

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".

My Holiday[edit]

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.[2]

Stupid Love[edit]

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.

Mindy Smith[edit]

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.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heat
US Indie
US Rock
US Folk
One Moment More 143 2 6
Long Island Shores
  • Release date: October 10, 2006
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
167 6 15
My Holiday
  • Release date: October 9, 2007
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
Stupid Love
  • Release date: August 11, 2009
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
122 1 45
Mindy Smith
  • Release date: June 26, 2012[7]
  • Label: Giant Leap/TVX Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
17 15
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays[edit]

Title Album details
Snowed In
  • Released: October 29, 2013
  • Label: Giant Leap/TVX Records
  • Formats: CD, music download


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Adult
2003 "Jolene" (with Dolly Parton) One Moment More
2004 "Come to Jesus" 32
"One Moment More"
2006 "Out Loud" Long Island Shores
2007 "Please Stay"
2009 "Highs and Lows" Stupid Love
2012 "Closer" Mindy Smith
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2003 "Jolene" Trey Fanjoy
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)[9] Fairlight Hubbard

Special appearances[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2004 Americana Music Association Best New/Emerging Artist of the Year Won


External links[edit]

None recognized before
AMA New/Emerging Artist Of The Year
Succeeded by
Mary Gauthier