My Holiday

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Mindy Smith's first Christmas album is quite the seductive affair. Her feathery, coquettish voice is imbued with a smoky sensuality that lends a lusty edge even to spiritually oriented originals such as the languid "Follow the Shepherd Home," a co-write with Chely Wright (who also penned the gently swinging wintry love song "It Really Is a Wonderful Life"). Co-produced by Smith, My Holiday takes an intimate, fireside approach to Yuletide balladry, as she surrounds herself with a tight, basic band lineup of no small repute. The foundation is Eddie Bayers on drums, Michael Rhodes on bass, Bryan Sutton on acoustic guitar, Kenny Vaughn on electric guitar, Lex Price on ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Mindy Smith's first Christmas album is quite the seductive affair. Her feathery, coquettish voice is imbued with a smoky sensuality that lends a lusty edge even to spiritually oriented originals such as the languid "Follow the Shepherd Home," a co-write with Chely Wright (who also penned the gently swinging wintry love song "It Really Is a Wonderful Life"). Co-produced by Smith, My Holiday takes an intimate, fireside approach to Yuletide balladry, as she surrounds herself with a tight, basic band lineup of no small repute. The foundation is Eddie Bayers on drums, Michael Rhodes on bass, Bryan Sutton on acoustic guitar, Kenny Vaughn on electric guitar, Lex Price on mandola, and Steve Cox on piano, supplemented at times by other Nashville studio stalwarts. Smith keeps the emotions tantalizingly reined in, the better to achieve an atmosphere at once sultry and saintly. It's a terrific balancing act, and she never wavers on the high wire. Her dreamy, saloon-style take on "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" boasts an attitude that's somewhere between melancholy and doe-eyed optimism. She follows it with a plaintive, rustic treatment of "Away in a Manger," with Allison Krauss adding a crystalline harmony vocal. At the end, Smith cuts loose, unambiguously, on her original tune "Come Around." A forthright appeal to children, fathers, and mothers to "put all your faith in the Father," it features Will Kimbrough on guitar, fashioning the finest Roger McGuinn lines this side of, well, Roger McGuinn, in a driving, swirling, decidedly Byrds-ish arrangement. May we all have such holidays as this.
All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Christmas albums are usually the province of veteran artists wanting to make all warm and fuzzy, or pop stars eager to reap some end-of-the-year royalties, which makes the appearance of Mindy Smith's My Holiday a bit of a surprise. My Holiday is only the third album from the young singer/songwriter, and while she's established a loyal following, she's hardly topping the charts just yet. However, while most holiday albums sounds like they were tossed off without a much of an effort, My Holiday sounds like it has some real business being Smith's third album. Smith's original tunes on this set are sweetly heartfelt without getting sticky, and the child's eye images of "Santa Will Find You," the real world love song "I Know The Reason" and the simple but fervent faith expressed in "Come Around" and "Follow The Shepherd Home" are superb examples of Smith's very real gifts as a songwriter. Smith isn't afraid to put her stamp on the Christmas standards included on this set; she reworks the vocal melody to "Away in a Manger" with impressive results, there's a lovely sense of longing in her take on "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," and she strips away the outer layers of sentimentality from "I'll Be Home for Christmas" without robbing it of its power. My Holiday is dominated by simple, tasteful mostly acoustic arrangements that dovetail nicely with Smith's rich whisper of a voice, and the result is an album that's every bit as compelling and well-crafted as her first two discs, and might even stay in your personal playlist after the holiday decorations make their inevitable return to the attic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707983822
  • Catalog Number: 79838
  • Sales rank: 196,754

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mindy Smith Primary Artist, Vocal Harmony
Alison Krauss Vocal Harmony
Eric Darken Vibes
Scott Baggett Acoustic Guitar, finger cymbals
Eddie Bayers Drums
Steve Buckingham Percussion, Tambourine
Steve Cox Piano
Paul Franklin Pedal Steel Guitar
Paul Griffith Drums
Sam Levine Clarinet
Michael Rhodes Bass
Kenny Vaughan Electric Guitar
Chely Wright Vocal Harmony
Andrea Zonn Violin, Viola
Will Kimbrough Electric Guitar
David Jacques Bass
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Jen Cohen Vocal Harmony
Lex Price Mandola
Greg Woodruff Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Buck Ram Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Scott Baggett Engineer
Steve Buckingham Producer, Audio Production
Neal Cappellino Engineer
Kim Gannon Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Gary Paczosa Engineer
Chely Wright Composer
Georgette Cartwright Creative Services Coordinator
Traditional Composer
Thad Cockrell Composer, Duet
John Thomas McFarland Composer
Mindy Smith Arranger, Composer, Producer, Author, Audio Production
Eric Tonkin Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    what an amazing voice! Mindy Smith wrote a great album of soon to be holiday classics. I mainly stick to the classics around this time of year, but i have to say, she really does a fantastic job of capturing the spirit of the holidays!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Holiday Music

    Top notch CD for the holidays. Mindy is a talented singer and I'm looking forward to her next record. This is def. one of the best holiday CDs out there this year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awesome!!!!

    awesome!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    With an eclectic mix of Christmas music ranging from Gregorian Chant, Bluegrass and everything in between this album is an absolute must. It is with out a doubt one of the most original Christmas albums I have heard in years. Mindy's voice and arrangements are magical. Unlike other "original" pieces of new Christmas music that often fall flat all the new tunes (many of which she wrote) are I believe destined to be classics.

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