Mindy Smith
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Mindy Smith
Mindy Smith
Mindy Smith performing in 2005
Background information
Born (1972-06-01) June 1, 1972 (age 46)
Long Island, New York, U.S.
Genres Folk, pop, country
Singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Labels Vanguard
Website www.mindysmithmusic.com

Mindy Smith (born June 1, 1972, Long Island, New York) is an American singer-songwriter. Her first record deal came after she sang a cover version of the song "Jolene" by Dolly Parton.

Music career

Smith was adopted at birth by a non-denominational Protestant minister and his wife, who was choir director at the church. She grew up on Long Island, New York. After her mother died of cancer in 1991, Smith attended Cincinnati Bible College for two years.[1]

Smith and her father moved to Knoxville, Tennessee, where she began listening to folk and bluegrass music, Alison Krauss, and the Cox Family. In 1998, she moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. Two years later, she reached the finals of a contest at the Kerrville Folk Festival. This led to a contract with Big Yellow Dog Music.[2]

Smith attracted attention in 2003 when she sang a cover version of "Jolene" by Dolly Parton for the tribute album Just Because I'm a Woman. Soon after, she signed a contract with Vanguard Records, who released her debut album, One Moment More in 2004.[2] In addition to Dolly Parton, she has expressed admiration for John Prine, Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, Shania Twain, Kris Kristofferson, Buddy Miller, and Bill Gaither.[1]

"Come to Jesus" was her biggest hit, receiving airplay on country, Christian, adult album alternative (AAA), and adult contemporary radio. The song charted at No. 32 on the Adult Top 40 chart of Billboard magazine.[] In 2004 Smith appeared at the Cambridge Folk Festival in the U.K., which was broadcast nationally on BBC Radio.

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 Country Music Television (CMT). On January 10, 2007, she performed "Please Stay" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

In October 2007, Smith released a Christmas album, My Holiday. She wrote six original songs, including "I Know the Reason" with Thad Cockrell.[3]

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, she disclosed that she had obsessive-compulsive disorder.[4]

In June 2012, Smith released an independent studio album, Mindy Smith.


In March 2013, Smith worked with Anthropologie during an in-store performance to raise money and awareness for the Captain Planet Foundation, a non-profit organization. Anthropologie donated fifteen percent of sales made in the first hour after Smith's performance to CPF.[5]

Awards and honors


Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Heat
US Indie
US Rock
US Folk
One Moment More
  • Release date: January 27, 2004
  • Label: Vanguard
  • Formats: CD, music download
143 2 6 -- --
Long Island Shores
  • Release date: October 10, 2006
  • Label: Vanguard
  • Formats: CD, music download
167 6 15 -- --
My Holiday
  • Release date: October 9, 2007
  • Label: Vanguard
  • Formats: CD, music download
-- 8 -- -- --
Stupid Love
  • Release date: August 11, 2009
  • Label: Vanguard
  • Formats: CD, music download
122 1 -- 45 --
Mindy Smith
  • Release date: June 26, 2012[10]
  • Label: Giant Leap/TVX
  • Formats: CD, music download
-- 17 -- -- 15
"--" denotes releases that did not chart

Extended plays

Title Album details
Snowed In
  • Released: October 29, 2013
  • Label: Giant Leap/TVX
  • 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

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)[12] Fairlight Hubbard

Special appearances


External links

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

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