Artist Bios—Mindy Smith

Mindy Smith

Mindy Smith was scheduled to appear at the 2008 Santa Barbara Expo but a few weeks before the event she had a biking accident and broke her arm, sidelining her temporarily. But thankfully Mindy has healed and she will be making her first Expo appearance in Ashveville, NC in May 2008. Welcome Mindy!


No one—least of all Mindy Smith—expected her career to start like this.

As a contemporary singer-songwriter determined to record her music in a style that suits her self-written songs, Smith figured she’d start her recording career quietly and work to build it slowly. She didn’t expect to make a big, attention-grabbing splash right away. She certainly didn’t expect to gain exposure on late-night talk shows and cable music specials before her debut album came out.

But every once in a while the arrival of a remarkable talent gets the reception it deserves. Before releasing her debut album, One Moment More, Smith had already performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She appeared with a list of superstars on the Lifetime Network’s Women Rock special. She had a video in top rotation on CMT. And she had the lead-off single on the acclaimed Dolly Parton tribute album, Just Because I’m a Woman, which also had contributions from Norah Jones, Sinéad O ’Connor, Melissa Etheridge, Alison Krauss and others. “My head’s spinning,” Smith says. “It’s all been so far beyond my expectations. It’s been unbelievable, really. I feel blessed.”

But maybe Smith and her supporters shouldn’t have been so surprised. After all, she'd encountered similar over-the-top excitement when record labels and producers first heard her songs. At one point, Smith held meetings and fielded offers from several major labels. She responded by spelling out her priorities. “I told everyone the same thing, that even though I live in Nashville I don’t consider myself a country artist, but a singer-songwriter and I wanted to present myself as I am,” she says. “I wanted the record to sound as much like my live performances as possible. I didn’t want somebody else’s stamp on it. I didn’t want a producer to give me his sound. I didn’t want to spend two years waiting until someone thought I had a No. 1 single before they put my record out. That’s not why I make music. What I care about are my songs.”

Instead of accepting the major-label offers, Smith made the bold decision to sign with Vanguard Records. “As I kept discussing the other offers, I kept coming back to Vanguard. I believed that I could make the record I wanted to make, and that I could do all my own songs. I trusted that there wouldn’t be any pressure to be someone or something that I didn’t want to be. “As it turns out, she couldn’t be happier with the results of her debut album, One Moment More. “All those fears and horror stories I’d heard about making your first record, none of them happened to me, “she says. “I am completely overjoyed with my record. I’m very proud of it. It’s me....”

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