About Mindy Smith
No oneÃ¢â‚¬"least of all Mindy SmithÃ¢â‚¬"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 Ã¢â‚¬â„¢d start her recording career quietly and work to build it slowly. She didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t expect to make a big, attention- grabbing splash right away. She certainly didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 NetworkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m a Woman, which also had contributions from Norah Jones, SinÃƒÂ©ad O Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Connor, Melissa Etheridge, Alison Krauss and others. Ã¢â‚¬Å“My headÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s spinning,Ã¢â‚¬? Smith says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s all been so far beyond my expectations. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been unbelievable,really. I feel blessed.Ã¢â‚¬?
But maybe Smith and her supporters shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have been so surprised. After all,she Ã¢â‚¬â„¢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. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I told everyone the same thing, that even though I live in Nashville I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t consider myself a country artist, but a singer-songwriter and I wanted to present myself as I am, Ã¢â‚¬Å“she says. Ã¢â‚¬Å“I wanted the record to sound as much like my live performances as possible. I didn Ã¢â‚¬â„¢t want somebody elseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stamp on it. I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want a producer to give me his sound. I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to spend two years waiting until someone thought I had a No.1 single before they put my record out. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not why I make music. What I care about are my songs.Ã¢â‚¬?