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Mindy Gledhill is a popular singer and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon or LDS Church). Mindy spent her early years in Eureka, California, surrounded by musical genres from classical to rock. When she was 13, the family moved to Spain, where her father was a mission president for the Church. In Spain, Mindy's cultural horizons broadened, and she was exposed to passion in music. The family relocated to Utah when Mindy was 16.
In Utah, Mindy began voice training. She majored in media music in college. She met and married Ryan Gledhill, and together they have three beautiful blond sons.
- Mindy's first album, The Sum of All Grace, proved to be an inspirational, faith-based endeavor—an artistic response to the challenges of being a wife, mother, student, and a spiritual being. It also reflected her “less is more” aesthetic, presenting arrangements that focus more on vocals and lyrics than on ornamentation. Her effort resulted in two Pearl Awards (Best Inspirational Album, New Recording Artist) in 2005, followed by another Pearl Award (Best Inspirational Song) in 2006 for her contribution on a compilation album. Consequently, some assumed that Mindy only wanted to be a Christian artist. But our heroine felt there was more to music—and to personal experience—than could be contained by a single musical category. So she left her label to explore new avenues as an independent artist (Official Website).
Her second album, Feather in the Wind, explores a greater range of musical and vocal styles. That album was followed with Anchor in 2010, which she self-released, as were her next two albums, Winter Moon (2011), and Pocketful of Poetry in 2013. Pocketful of Poetry was produced by Cason Cooley and recorded in Nashville.
Gledhill performed at 2009 Monaco Film Festival, 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and Durango Songwriters Expo 2011.
She signed an international distribution deal that took her music into Korea, where she had a number one single for two weeks. That led to a distribution deal in Japan, where she has toured and performed. She plans to tour there again in 2014. With three sons, the longest she has toured is ten days.
In July 2013, Anthropologie offered a free download of her new track “Trouble No More.” Mindy also provided piano and vocal tracks for an AAA 2014 Super Bowl Commercial.
In 2012, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Dance/Electronics Album” for Kaskade’s Fire & Ice. And her songs debuted on primetime TV on So You Think You Can Dance, Bones, and 20/20.
Gledhill leads a creative retreat for women called Vagabond Creative Society. The first was held in Morocco in October 2012 and twelve women attended. The second was held in Kenya in 2014 to foster creativity and international awareness.
Her song "All the Pennies" was featured on an episode of "Jane by Design" on ABC (July 31, 2012).
Selections from her 2012 album, "Anchor," can be heard on her official website.MormonMusic.org