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FRESH: ‘Rabbit Hole’ – Mindy Gledhill

Mindy Gledhill has released the title track of her forthcoming album, “Rabbit Hole”.

Utah singer and songwriter Mindy Gledhill has released her latest single “Rabbit Hole”, which is the title track of her new album (her fifth studio album) and her first since 2013’s “Pocketful Of Poetry”, slated to be released in January 2019.

Mindy’s lyrics are simply beautiful, but her story is what makes them come to life. Mindy’s story speaks to the growing number of young Americans who are disillusioned with fundamental religion. She describes “Rabbit Hole” is an “intriguing, yet very accessible journey for listeners through the Wonderland of discovery that lies beyond institutional oppression”.

Mindy grew up in a devout Mormon family on the north coast of California. She spent her high school years in Madrid, Spain, where her parents were missionaries. (She speaks Spanish fluently, which you get a taste of in the album track “Adiós Cariño”). Mindy’s family moved to Utah where she finished up her final two years of high school and then attended Brigham Young University’s School of Music. She signed a record deal with a Mormon record label in Salt Lake where she experienced the corporate side of the Mormon Church. It was then that her eyes began to be opened to the sexism, unequal treatment toward women and sexual harassment that she had grown up in. She started to research church history in depth and began to understand just how damaging growing up in a highly patriarchal structure can be to women (which she eludes to in her song “Bluebird”).

Mindy became a well known name in many Mormon households through her early religious-themed music. As she transitioned away from Mormonism, she became an activist and ally in LGBTQ circles, as well as women’s rights. It was a tough transition at first for her and her fans, but the tides are shifting and many Mormon women are now discovering their voices and speaking out against inequality. Through this change, Mindy’s music evolved and began to reach newer audiences across the globe. Mindy has been featured on the cover of ‘Jamo Magazine,’ a fashion magazine in the Middle East. She has represented and supported an emerging Middle Eastern feminist fashion brand called Agent Girl Power. She is a regular guest speaker on progressive Mormon podcasts, and is a voice at the forefront of change for women emerging from the rubble of religious, political and cultural inequality. Her music manages to communicate the message of equality and love with a surprisingly disarming approach.

For more about Mindy, check out her WEBSITE and her FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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