{Before reading this post, click HERE to open up Mindy’s website in a new window so you can listen to her fabulous tunes while reading all about her}

I’ve said it before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again, but this week I am extremely honored to feature the fabulous, Mindy Gledhill.  Mindy is a singer/songwriter based near my hometown of Salt Lake City.  I am a HUGE, adoring fan who has been touched and blessed by Mindy’s music.  I thought this description was perfect of her unique sound: “Music that recalls the sweetness of Ingrid Michaelson and the quirk of Regina Spektor, Mindy Gledhill will leave you floating like a scoop of vanilla cream in a strawberry soda.” Today you get to be completely inspired by Mindy!  Check her out:

A little about Mindy:
Mindy Gledhill spent most of her youth in Northern California where she was shaped by a wide range of music. At the age of 13, her family moved to Spain where she discovered that music is as much about passion as it is about style. At 16, her family once again migrated, this time to Utah. There she endured the awkwardness of high school, wrote her first songs and was snubbed by the high school chamber choir and school musicals. Determined to make something of herself in music, she continued to audition for a variety of things in her early college years. Most attempts proved unsuccessful until she was finally discovered at a songwriting workshop by Jeff Simpson, CEO of Excel Entertainment, who later signed her to Lumen Records. After a successful run as an award winning artist in the faith based market, Mindy declared independence from her label and released her first mainstream album, “Feather in the Wind.” Mindy is now collaborating with several acclaimed producers in L.A. and Nashville to release her second independent album releasing in 2010.

1. Why is creativity important to you?

As a mother, I live in a world where I must put others first a lot of the time. While there is something inherently wonderful about that, creativity is the means by which I find my way back to myself when I get lost in a sea of others’ needs.

2. What do you enjoy creating the most?

I love the process of writing a song, but I’m absolutely smitten with the art of recording music. Everything in the studio from tracking vocals and instruments to editing and mixing them fascinates me.

3. Do you have any fears when creating?

Who doesn’t have fears about creating? Creating is a most intimate offering of self-expression, often put on display for people to take or leave. Not all will take our offering and this is something perfectly normal, but somehow the notion can make us insecure. The famous dancer, Agnes De Mille said, “Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how . . . The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.”

I used to care about what my family and friends thought of my music and I suppose to a certain extent I still do. However, I no longer feel the need to obtain their validation regarding the music I create. I write songs for me, send them out to the universe when they’re finished and hope they land in the laps of those who need them.

4. How do you find time to create?

I use to just wait for creative time to appear, but have learned to schedule in creative time during the week. I don’t expect that it will always be productive, but it exercises my brain and stimulates my subconscious to go to work on things that later surface when I’m least expecting it.

5. Words of inspiration to creative chicks:

Each of us has gifts to share with the world and each of us is a creator in our own rite. Throw your insecurities to the wind. Put the kibosh on second-guessing. Trust yourself and take that leap into the dark. “Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.” -Goethe

(Mindy’s favorite books on creativity: “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach, and “Walking on Water,” by Madeleine L’Engle.)

Mindy’s music came to me at a difficult time in my life and has stayed with me as I’ve walked through more trials and hard times.  My favorite song of Mindy’s is “Feather in the Wind” because it verbalizes exactly how I’ve felt many times in my life (& I love the sound of it!).  I’ve included the music video in this posts so you can check it out.  I met Mindy at the Startup Princess Image & Media Academy Retreat last fall (seriously, guys.. GO to the Startup Princess events & meet amazing people like Mindy).  I’ve chatted with her here and there since then and I can honestly say that this music diva is just as sweet as she sounds (if not sweeter).  Thank you for inspiring us with your creativity today and always, Mindy (& Simple Abundance is one of my all-time favorite books, too)!

Check out Mindy’s BLOG (woot!!! so excited she has one!):

And her website here: MindyGledhill.com

I'm Speaking at the CBC! I'm Going to the CBC!And the GREATEST NEWS OF ALL is that Mindy is doing an exclusive concert for the Casual Blogger Conference on Friday night, May 28th.  Have you got your tickets for CBC ’10 yet?  If not, this is reason enough to go (besides the fact that the whole dang conference looks freaking AWESOME).