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Mindy Smith: A Chanteuse's Emotional Return

In this session with World Cafe, Nashville chanteuse Mindy Smith stops by for a performance and interview with Tracey Tanenbaum. Perhaps best known for her hit single, "Come To Jesus," Smith has worked to showcase her songwriting talents beyond the confines of the Christian country label that has followed her throughout her young career.

Stupid Love, her latest release, is an inviting collection of folk-pop pondering heartbreak, loss, frailty and love. In this interview, Smith opens up about coping with her mother's death, struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and spending the past two years confined to her home, all of which have contributed to both a new record and a triumphant return to the music scene.

The Long Island native continues to move beyond the boundaries of mainstream country by pairing sugary vocals with surprisingly dark lyrics. On the new album, Smith expands her musical palette with the addition of rich instrumental layers, all while exploring the turbulent nature of relationships. Smith's voice and music have been compared to that of Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Norah Jones and Alison Krauss.

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