EP review: Mindy Smith – Snowed In
Snowed In is a five song EP, that Smith is releasing at the end of this month. This will be ten years since Mindy began her journey as a singer- songwriter almost exactly ten years ago, she already was a songwriter for a company in Nashville. She has released four full CDs during that time from the emotion laden “One Moment More” in 04 to “Long Island Shores” in 06, to her first Christmas Album “My Holiday” in 07 and the more pop sounding “Stupid Love” in 09 ,all on Vanguard Records. During this time, she has sold one half million CDs on her CDs from Vanguard. Not too bad at all for an independent artist.
This EP is on Giantleap/tvx records. This recording has two original songs and three traditional Holiday songs which almost has a sacred sound to them. Smith has vocals that are original, fresh as a mountain stream, and she writes some interesting melodies with some sweet hooks and beautiful lyrics which she has a reputation for.
The First original song is “Tomorrow Is Christmas Day”, which is a sweet mid-tempo Christmas ballad, the melody just stays with you once you have heard it a couple of times. Then she sings a stunning version of “What Child Is This”. Her voice sounds like it has improved over the years. The music for this disc contains the same Nashville studio guys, that helped her on the first Christmas CD.
Her other original song “Snowed In” is my favorite about the Christmas she Dreams of is just being snowed in with her favorite person, a very emotional, fun tune, that has a great melody. It also has some nice acoustic guitar and piano.
Then she goes into a very sweet version of “Silent Night”, sparse instruments, heavenly voice. She ends with a great version of “Auld Lang Syne”. She is reunited with producer Steve Buckingham on this disc. Smith comments on the season, “In Truth, we are all searching for ONE very powerful gift.” This ranks up there with some of the best stuff she has ever done. Check out where you can get a limited edition of the CD at her website.