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Feel the wonder of Christmas time through Winter Moon: Mindy Gledhill’s much anticipated Christmas album. Unexpected instruments like banjo, ukulele, vintage organs, keytar and Mellotron lend all the quirk and charm that Mindy’s music is known for. Simple and well rounded in style and song selection, this album will invoke fun times around the Christmas tree as well as peaceful moments of reflection on the true meaning of Christmas. Winter Moon is a great companion to Mindy’s highly popular Anchor album and is sure to make the most thoughtful gift. Includes two original songs and a surprise bonus track!
About the Author
Since childhood, Mindy Gledhill has seen the world through curious, determined eyes. The eclectic entourage of musical influences surrounding her only fed her free spirit. Raised on the north coast of California, Mindy recalls her grade school music hours with Mr. Lindsay, and the marimba, drums, and flute she played in the school band. She was surrounded by the music of Native American pow-wows and blue grass bands, the Jewish fiddle of her fourth-grade teacher, and her mom singing the classics from the 20s and 30s—even lullabies from her older sister at bedtime. These are the memories Mindy claims to be the essence of the music she creates.
Mindy and her family moved to Spain when she was 13. This is where she first began to sing and perform. It also offered the introduction to yet another musical influence.‘Oh, the impact of Spanish music!’ Mindy says. ‘Spaniards are not timid singers. They praise God when they sing and I’ve always wanted to adopt that passion.‘
Passion is exactly what drives Mindy’s life. After returning from Spain, she realized she wanted to be serious about music. She dedicated herself to voice lessons and auditioned for every performing opportunity. She always made it to call backs and final heats – but never quite got the part. However, coming so close every time only fed the fire inside.
‘A persistent force continued to draw me towards music.’ Mindy says. ‘I learned that my free little spirit had to come down from the clouds for a while and be disciplined in order to handle the competition.’
Mindy had her first breakthrough when she was accepted into Brigham Young University’s School of Music, something she calls ‘a miracle.’
In September 2002, acclaimed producer and composer Kenneth Cope heard Mindy at a songwriter’s workshop. Impressed by the depth of her songwriting and the emotion in her voice, Kenneth offered to produce Mindy’s first album and immediately began to mentor her. Mindy has toured with both Kenneth and Jenny Phillips and is now signed as a label artist with Lumen Records, a division of Excel Entertainment Group.
She is currently a student at Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, where she lives with her husband, Ryan, and their two sons.
Bring back the "old" Mindy
by Windy - reviewed on December 08, 2011
I first heard Mindy Gledhill sing at BYU Women's Conference, when she performed Emma in Joseph: A Nashville Tribute. Her voice was so mature and soulful. I was so excited when I saw she had a Christmas album. My husband bought it for me yesterday and we ripped it open to listen to it. I was dismayed at the first song - she sounded like a teenie bopper! I'm fine with the upbeat, rock-style rhythms but her voice is so different on this CD. I'm actually going to contact Deseret Book and see about returning the CD. Maybe if you have a 12 year-old girl, she might like the CD. But if you're used to the "old" Mindy, make sure to listen to some previews of this album on iTunes before you decide to make the purchase!
by Customer - reviewed on November 09, 2012
My family LOVES this Christmas album! It's peppy and uplifting. My daughter walks around the house and/or the grocery store... singing these songs. They are catchy and appealing to multiple generations. My Christmas collection would not be complete with out it! Good work Mindy!
This is a fun CD!
by Brian - reviewed on January 04, 2012
This is a fun Christmas CD. I buy Christmas CD's to enjoy the mood and tone of the holiday and this CD definitely added to that. With over 2000 Christmas songs in my library the "Winter Moon" track has become one of my families favorite. If you are looking for enjoyable versions of familiar holiday songs as well as a couple of great new ones then I highly recommend this CD. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was I wish there were a few more tracks.
Adore this CD
by Brent - reviewed on January 10, 2012
I adore Mindy's new CD, Winter Moon. It quickly became one of my favorite Christmas CDs this year and is now on my "Best Christmas" playlist. Her approach to music has changed the last few years and I LOVE IT! It is fun and whimsical, and yet at times touching and heartfelt. Thanks, Mindy!