Mindy Gledhill

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Mindy Gledhill graduated from Brigham Young University in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in music.

Gledhill was raised on the north coast of California. She recalls her grade school music hours and the marimba, drums, and flute she played in the school band. She was surrounded by the music of Native American pow-wows and blue grass bands, the Jewish fiddle of her fourth-grade teacher, and her mom singing the classics from the 20s and 30s—as bedtime lullabies.

When she was 13, Gledhill and her family moved to Spain, where she first began to sing and perform. After returning from Spain, she realized she wanted to be serious about music. She got a job to pay for her own voice lessons and auditioned for every performing opportunity. She always made it to call backs and final heats – but never quite got the part.

Gledhill had her first breakthrough when she was accepted into BYU's School of Music, something she calls “a miracle.” In September 2002, near the end of her coursework, she met acclaimed producer and composer Kenneth Cope, who discovered her at a songwriter’s workshop. Impressed by the depth of her songwriting and the emotion in her voice, Cope offered to produce Gledhill’s first album and immediately began to mentor her.

Her 2004 debut album, The Sum of All Grace, is the result of her desire to show the beauty and art in spirituality. Since the album release, Gledhill has performed extensively and recently recorded under the direction of award-winning producer, Jason Deere on the best-selling album Joseph: A Nashville Tribute. She also toured with Deere and Diamond Rio keyboardist, Dan Truman performing for sell-out audiences across the United States.

In 2005 the Faith Centered Music Association awarded her Best New Artist of the Year and her debut album, The Sum of All Grace, was named Best Inspirational Album of the Year. She recorded on Stand in the Light and A More Excellent Way, the 2004 and 2005 Especially for Youth albums for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2007 she released her second album, Feather in the Wind, which she released independently in the hopes of touching a wider audience than just LDS church members.

In August 2010, Gledhill released her third album, Anchor. One of the songs on her new album, "All About Your Heart," is featured in the Mormon Message "My New Life" and has already touched many hearts. Gledhill reports that her inspiration for this song came from two sources: her own emotional struggles at the time, and from watching her friends, Stephanie and Christian Nielson, cope with the physical and emotional scars of a plane crash fire.

Gledhill teamed up with Just Hackworth, C. Jane Kendrick, and Sarah Wiley to found the Rooftop Concert Series. The group wanted to foster local talent and to create an inviting atmosphere for audiences and performers to connect. In 2011, she was featured on EDM musician Kaskade's Grammy-nominated album Fire and Ice with the song "Eyes." That same year, she released a Christmas album, Winter Moon. In 2013, she released her fourth album, Pocketful of Poetry.

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