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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B000V9KE92
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Holiday
2. The Christmas Song
3. Santa Will Find You
4. Follow the Shepherd Home
5. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
6. Away In a Manger
7. I Know the Reason
8. Silver Bells
9. I'll Be Home For Christmas
10. It Really Is (A Wonderful Life)
11. Come Around
12. Bonus Track 1

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Recorded in Nashville and produced by Mindy Smith and Steve Buckingham, My Holiday is an 11 song collection that features six original tunes written and co-written by Mindy including Come Around , Santa Will Find You , Follow The Shepherd Home and the title track. My Holiday also features such classic Christmas recordings as Away In A Manger with Alison Krauss on harmony vocals, The Christmas Song , Silver Bells and I ll Be Home For Christmas

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The young country chanteuse offers a homespun holiday on a collection that mixes acoustic intimacy with supper-club sophistication. Though the title track isn't likely to rank with the standards, other originals, such as "Santa Will Find You" and the testament of faith, "Follow the Shepherd Home," rank with Smith's best. Acoustic guitar gives way to jazzier arrangements as she addresses standards, such as "The Christmas Song" and "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," while steel guitar highlights "Silver Bells." "I'll Be Home for Christmas" has more of a rock rhythm than usual, and the closing "Come Around" sounds Beatlesque in its guitar and harmonies. "Away in a Manger" benefits from Smith's vocal blend with Alison Krauss, with Thad Cockrell contributing a duet vocal on "I Know the Reason." Like chestnuts roasting on an open fire, there's a breathy warmth to Smith's vocals throughout. --Don McLeese

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I will listen all year long.
Robert J. Snelgrove
With her very personal renditions of classics and the new songs, it is a welcome addition to our Christmas playlist, and it will be to yours as well.
ABShaef
Mindy smith has a beautiful smooth tone to her voice.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Wow... what a nice album. Pop-folkster Mindy Smith really outdoes herself on this one. It's heartfelt, engaging, original and quite lovely to listen to... She sings a few standards, performing them with unusually rich sincerity -- her lingering, lounge-y rendition of Frank Loesser's "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" is a gem, and she croons religious tunes like "Follow The Shepard Home" like she really means it. It's Smith's original material that stands out here, though: the opening song, "My Holiday," is a gentle meditation on the season; "Santa Will Find You" is an inspirational anthem in five-and-dime drag, and "I Know The Reason" is simply a beautiful song about perseverance and quiet hope, closing with the stanza, "It's been a long, long year/it's coming to an end/Looking by my side/you still have my hand", a lyric that, for some reason, really jumps out at you. This is an disc I could roast chestnuts to for several seasons to come -- and for a Grinch like me, that's pretty high praise. Check it out! (DJ Joe Sixpack/Slipcue)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Martha Bajema on December 12, 2007
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If I could talk to Mindy Smith, I'd love to tell her that her music touches me like nobody else's. She's her own person, whether she's interpreting traditional favorites or speaking to us through her own simple (yet eloquent) songs. I keep buying her music because she always has me from the first listen!

There is wonderful musicianship here; American/Tennesee with a bit of young Rock.

Thoughtful work; the listener can enjoy her insights and/or simply relax and absorb the music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ABShaef VINE VOICE on November 7, 2007
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This is a beautiful blend of Christmas songs we know and love and new songs Mindy Smith has written. I have always loved Christmas music and the traditional songs have been my favorites for as long as I can remember, but the new songs she has given us will be a treasured part of our Christmases for years to come. With her very personal renditions of classics and the new songs, it is a welcome addition to our Christmas playlist, and it will be to yours as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Tollefson on December 22, 2007
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I keep a short list of my favorite Christmas CDs of all time. Move over Julie Andrews, Emmylou Harris, The Judds, Shawn Colvin, and Bruce Cockburn, because Mindy Smith's "My Holiday" is now at the top of my list. This CD is gorgeous in every way. The packaging is outstanding and worth the price of the CD. The production, arrangements, and musicianship are exceptional throughout. The music is truly stellar - - off-the charts beautiful. The absolute highlight, though, is Mindy's songwriting. Her songs, some co-written, are the stand-outs. Some of them could eventually be standards. Her melodies are especially strong, and her amazing voice is the perfect instrument for conveying their aching beauty. "Follow the Shepherd Home" is my favorite. It is simple but inspired. "I Know The Reason" is a lovely duet with a timeless melody. "My Holiday" is the perfect opener. Even "Santa Will Find You", which could easily become another silly Santa song, has a heart-wrenching warmth. Mindy Smith handles the Christmas standards with grace and style. "Away in A Manger", for example, is a superb duet with Alison Krauss. Mindy and Alison? It doesn't get any better than this. If you want a Chrsitmas CD for the ages, this is it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. David on December 27, 2007
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My son and his girlfriend turned me onto Mindy Smith's music months ago. When I learned that she had produced a Christmas album, I could not have been more pleased. It did NOT disappoint! I ended up purchasing 6 copies to give to loved ones for the holiday. Mindy's original works are brilliant as are her renditions of Christmas classics. I love the acoustic nature of the CD. And Mindy's voice is one I never tire of hearing. This CD is at the top of my list of favs & I look forward to listening to it for years to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bouldert on November 21, 2012
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I hadn't heard of Mindy Smith, but read a CD review in the newspaper about how good this album was. I purchased it based on that. Five years later it is still in my top 10 list of Christmas albums, and I am a Christmas album fanatic. Mindy's voice is what makes it, but the arrangements are classic, yet still seem modern. Not too jazzy, country, pop, or sentimental, but with elements of each, it never grows old.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Texas-exNN.Cal on January 19, 2008
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Outstanding!!! Vocals are pure and moving. It is a lovely collection of favorites but not trite -at all... Great with the volume up or for dinner background music. I have everything Mindy has ever done and this is an added treasure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Charles on December 15, 2007
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This is truly a beautiful record. I am a Mindy addict because I love her voice and her stylistic interpretation.

There are musical surprises here and there--namely the arrangement of "I'll Be Home for Christmas". It shocked me the first time I heard it but has really (to me) become one the best versions I can remember.

The duet with Alison Krauss on "Away in a Manger" is breathtaking. Her presentation of "Silver Bells" is beautiful. She is very respectful of treating these songs as they should be.

Her own writing for this CD is wonderful and so very Mindy. "Santa Will Find You" is an amazing song. So is "Follow the Shepherd Home".

It's the third Mindy record I own and I'll keep on buying her records until she quits being so exceptionally good. I also would like to say the playing of the band members is superb.

Merry Christmas Mindy!!!

December 2012 -- I LOVE this Christmas album! It remains one of my all time favorites!
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