Win Mindy Smith’s “My Holiday”, CD Giveaway

**NOTE: Contest is now closed. You can still participate but will no longer be eligible for the giveaway.**

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You could say that Mindy Smith was born to sing Christmas songs. The adopted daughter of a pastor and his wife who raised her in Long Island, NY. No doubt her Christian upbringing played into her interest to cut a Christmas record so early in her career. Prior to release this year’s My Holiday (released 10/09/2007), Smith had only released two previous records, the knockout debut album One Moment More featuring “Come to Jesus” and the solid follow up album Long Island Shores whose “I’m Not the Only One Asking” made one of my Best of ’06 playlists.

Now with the help of such artists as Alison Krauss (harmony vocals on “Away In A Manger”), Mindy Smith brings us her first holiday record consisting of five Christmas classics and six original tunes written or co-written by Smith herself to add to the countless number of songs that have been written for the holiday. So far, this is the Christmas album that excites me most in 2007. Listening to songs like “My Holiday”, “Santa Will Find You” and “I Know the Reason”, her vocals are simply breathtaking. The press release accompanying the album compares her to artists like Gillian Welch, The Sundays, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss and Lucinda Williams. I’d say that most of those comparisons are true from listening to her previous albums, but on My Holiday the folk pop comparisons are probably more accurate. There’s very little country here though there’s a few songs where she a dead ringer for Kathleen Edwards whose really more of a folk rocker anyway. The classic cuts “Away In a Manger”, “Silver Bells” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” are reason enough to buy this record, but you also have to love the original tunes like “Follow The Shepherd Dog” and “Come Around” the latter of which could easily sit next to some of the best alternative songs of the year.

Here’s a track from the record available for download:
Mindy Smith, “Santa Will Find You” (MP3)*

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Purchase “My Holiday” at Miles of Music, Amazon and iTunes

Thanks to Mindy Smith, Vanguard Records and the fine folks at On Target Media, I’m pleased to offer a promo copy of Mindy Smith’s “My Holiday” as a giveway from Twangville. Simply leave a comment below and name your favorite Mindy Smith song or any favorite holiday album (see Mike’s favorites) and we’ll randomly select a winner from the comment entries. Contest ends Wednesday, 12/05/07 at midnight EST.**

*MP3 posted with permission from On Target Media.

*By participating in this contest you agree to allow Twangville to post your name and city on our web site. We will never use your info for any other reason than getting the giveaway to you (of course).

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  • Lesha

    I really like Relient K’s new Christmas album ” Let It Snow Baby… Let It Reindeer” :)

  • Renae H

    I really liked Mindy Smith’s cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene”.

  • Anastasia

    Oooooh I have to agree with Renae there. I loved that Jolene cover! I didn’t even know who sang it until I entered this contest! :)

  • Bryan H

    I fell in love with Mindy’s voice ever since I saw her live at Bumbershoot in Seattle. Songs like Hurricane from One Moment More are a beautiful showcase for her ample talent. Thank you for the download link for the Christmas track — I look forward to hearing the whole album!

  • Boyhowdy

    Hurricane was a great one…I thought Tennessee, of her newer non-holiday album Long Island Shores, was also a marvel of simplicity and longing.

    As for holiday songs…I’ve enjoyed the two cuts I’ve heard off Mindy Smith’s new album immensely, and would care tenderly for a copy…but I’ve got 7 covers of Joni Mitchell’s River stuck in my head. :-)

  • kimberlu

    thanks for the song – can’t wait to hear the whole CD! my favorite song by Ms. Smith would have to be Come To Jesus. it’s such a great song and i never get tired of it. i love holiday music and have lots of favorites but one that stays in the player all season is Patty Loveless – Bluegrass and White Snow.

  • lindsay

    I absolutely love donny hathaway’s “this christmas” and I love mindy smith’s whole christmas cd her voice is just angellic.

  • Jay

    thanks for the great song…love the voice…I’ve recently enjoyed Leigh Nash’s Wishing For This EP from a year or two back…best I’ve heard in awhile…

  • Sam

    I’ve got to give another vote to “Jolene.” A beautiful rendition of that song.

  • Nick

    Love the opener on Long Island Shores – Out Loud. A hopeful, determined message and tune.

  • Tom

    Congratulations to Nick F. from Montevallo, AL the winner of our Mindy Smith “My Holiday” CD giveaway.

  • Nike SB

    Guess i got here too late :( congratz to the winner!


    “Come to Jesus” is my favorite Mindy Smith song

  • Island Vacations

    Isn’t she amazing? Love her.