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'The world has changed so much' ; Mindy Smith

June 28, 2013


HER music, a mix of folk, country, Americana, bluegrass and pop, has been featured on the TV shows Grey's Anatomy, Six Feet Under and Summerland. Long Island's Mindy Smith is now touring the UK following the release of her self-titled album and it includes a date at the Glee Club next weekend.

How did you get started? With $300 in my pocket, my guitar, and a dream, I moved to Nashville in 1999. Eventually I got my first publishing deal which then led to my first label deal with Vanguard Records. Vanguard and I released four albums before I decided to go independent. My current record is on my own label and I couldn't be happier!

How do you describe your music? I think of myself as a genre mutt: a mix of pop, roots, folk, and Americana. I find it hard to describe my music and I think others do, too.

Who has influenced you? Sarah Vaughan, Alison Krauss, Patty Griffin, Dolly Parton, Shawn Colvin, The Cure and The Sundays.

Who are you listening to at the moment? Gabe Dixon and Fleetwood Mac are mainstays in my car and in my home.

Where do you get your inspiration from? Everyday life. I typically write about my journey, difficult places, funny places... it's all relative.

When did music come into your life? When I was adopted at two weeks old. Music has always been in my life as my mom was the choir director at the church my father pastored. We didn't watch a lot of TV growing up because we were always listening to music.

What's your next move? Getting more new music ready to be released, touring, sharing, and keeping things moving. The world has changed so much since my first album, One Moment More, was released. Gone are the days of releasing an album every few years. I want to keep new music coming out so people do not forget about me.

Tell me something about your life that readers might be surprised to read I have a phobia of bare feet! Growing up, my siblings knew to keep their socks on when I was around. Mindy Smith plays the Glee Club on Sunday, July 7. Doors at 7pm. Tickets are Pounds 13, call 0871 472 0400 or go to

Sue Atkinson

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