Friday, February 12, 2010

Mindy Smith: My Favorite Christian Singer

I don't really listen to "Christian music," because frankly most of it sucks. There are of course some exceptions--I love Derek Webb, Sara Groves, and Jon Foreman's solo stuff--but for the most part Christian music is basically a carbon copy of whatever is popular, with the word "Jesus" replacing the word "baby." Instead, I gravitate more towards secular artists that have a lot of spiritual themes in their music. One great example is Mindy Smith.

You may remember her song "Come to Jesus" from a couple of years ago:



Even though her lyrics are explicitly Christian, she doesn't fully fit into the "contemporary Christian" label because she doesn't do "praise and worship" anthems. Instead, she writes from the point of view from a regular person trying to make sense of this crazy world. You know, real life.

My favorite song by her is "Out Loud:"



Hey friend why are we always hiding
It's no wonder why we're sinking down
Why should we stand in lonely shadows
With so much light around

Hey friend why are we always crying
So many tears are gonna dry us out
Whatever their selling we've gotta stop Buying
Cuz our pockets are empty now

And I've thought about it
And I've prayed about it out loud, out oud
And we can talk about it
We can pray about it out loud, out loud

Hey friend why are we always fighting
Who's left to hit when everybody's down
We know we're afraid but love is trying
To save us anyhow

And I've thought about it
And I've prayed about it out loud, out loud
And we can talk about it
We can pray about it out loud, out loud

Any time we need a change, need a change
A few things, a few things
I think its time we need a change a few things, a few things

And I've thought about it
And I've prayed about it out loud, out loud
And we can talk about it
We can pray about it out loud, out loud


Go check her out if you haven't already.

4 comments:

  1. Is this on her second album? I LOVE the first album and somehow never got around to buying the second - now I know how to allocate my iTunes gift cards...

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  2. Yeah, "Out Loud" is on the second album, "Long Island Shores." Great album!

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  3. I'm a big Mindy Smith fan too. I really like the Appalachian vibe she brings to her music.

    I bet you like Patty Griffin - She's one of the best songwriters out there.

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  4. Oh yeah, love the Patty Griffin! Have you heard her new gospel album yet? It's a mixture of classic hymns and original songs about her feelings about religion (which, from what I've read in interviews, are mixed). Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller sing back up on a few tracks.

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