With "a healthy dose of refined torchy twang to her new batch of confessional, well-crafted pop," (Nashville Scene), Mindy Smith debuted #2 on June 26, 2012 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart with her first new album as an independent artist. Offering 11 original compositions - seven of which Smith wrote with the remaining four as co-writes with Daniel Tashian, Kate York, Tami Hinesh and Lori McKenna -the album was co-produced with Jason Lehning and recorded at Sound Emporium Studio in Nashville with Bryan Sutton (guitar), Lex Price (bass), Ian Fitchuk (drums), Joe Pisapia (guitar), Jason Lehning (guitar) and Dan Dugmore (pedal steel). The music video for the album's first single, "Closer" (directed by Fairlight Hubbard and Ryan Hamblin), was shot in the southern Gothic-style of Smith's previous videos, and continues in rotation at CMT Pure and CMT.com. To watch the official music video for "Closer", click here.
Prior to the release of her 2004 debut, the New York native charmed fans with her rendition of Dolly Parton's "Jolene" for the much-praised Dolly Parton tribute album Just Because I'm a Woman. Her Vanguard Records debut album, One Moment More, earned numerous accolades, featured the hit single "Come to Jesus" and sold over 300,000 copies. She subsequently released Long Island Shores (Vanguard, 2006), My Holiday (Vanguard, 2007) and Stupid Love (Vanguard, 2009). In August 2011, Mindy and longtime friend Daniel Tashian recorded "Taking You With Me," a duet featured in the film and soundtrack for Paul Rudd's film Our Idiot Brother.
"she balances light and dark themes, the temporal and the spiritual, in songs that are often disarmingly moving." -Los Angeles Times
"making music that's beautifully crafted and quietly intense." -Boston Globe
"one of the few singer-songwriters adept at exploring all that subgenre's respective components, from folk to country to bluegrass to pop." -Time Out Chicago
"Smith has always delivered beautiful, polished country/pop songs, and she continues that here." -Washington Post
"...she goes deeper into blues - of both slow-burning and countrified varieties…" -Nashville Scene
"Smith's achingly pure soprano drives the wistful track." -USA Today
"Smith has vocal moments here that would shame the strongest singers Nashville has to offer." -Arkansas Democrat Gazette
"Her talent cannot be questioned." -Birmingham News