"Let It Burn" is the breakout album from country entertainer, Mindy Miller. In early 2014, she was signed to an independent record label in Nashville. During her time with the label, two singles, "Wrong" and "Coming Down on Me" both made it into the Top 100 of the Music Row radio charts. This is her third studio album release. Mindy is currently wrapping up the release of her latest single from this album called "Same Old Song and Dance", which will be released to radio in September 2015.
According to Mindy, this album features songs that allow the listener to “walk my journey with me, while conveying exactly what I’ve been through and what has brought me to where I am today”. She selected and wrote songs that have ‘attitude’ and touch on real life experiences of love, loss, independence, heartache and sacrifice. Many of Nashville’s best instrumental musicians are featured on “Let It Burn”. Songs from some of the city's most talented writers, such as David Vincent Williams, Merv Green, Troy Verges, Curt Ryle and Don Blassl, along with music Mindy co-wrote are included.
Raised in the small rural town of Kismet, KS, Mindy grew up with a wide, open space to dream big. "I was blessed to have parents who encouraged me to soar.” says Mindy. As a three-year old, Mindy used to hold her mom's hairbrush and serenade her family with "Elvira" by the Oak Ridge Boys and "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers. "Surprisingly, I was a very introverted and quiet child, but as soon as any type of music would come on, I became someone else.” says Mindy.
At the age of five, Mindy performed at her church in front of an audience for the first time. From that point on, she was hooked and performing was all she wanted to do. She continued to perform throughout her childhood and teenage years. She began singing competitively at age fifteen, appearing in statewide televised telethons and hosting pageants. Mindy performed at functions for the Liberal, KS International Pancake Days and local Lion's Club, along with singing in the school choirs and show choirs. She also performed in all the musicals in high school and college. Mindy enjoyed opening for Diamond Rio, Ty Herndon, Tracy Lawrence, David Kersh, Terri Clark, and John Berry at her local state fairs. As Mindy strengthened her singing voice, she also learned to play the piano and began writing music. She graduated from Liberal High School with her sites set on Nashville and mainstream country radio.
Along the way, Mindy met her current producer of 19 years, Curt Ryle. At 22, she signed with an independent country music label and went on to be nominated for the American Horizon Award and Best Female Singer of the Year at the 1999 Independent CMA Germany Awards. She was also featured in the May 1999 edition of “Country Music People” magazine.
"I am blessed that so many people in my life believe in me, and I’m honored to have people with incredible musical talent who demonstrate their loyalty by staying rooted by my side. Thank you all for your support, friendship, and belief in me. 2015 has been and will continue to be an amazing year." Mindy says. When she isn't touring, she is serving at her church as a member of the worship team.
...Familiar subjects of love, loss, independence, heartache, and sacrifice make this collection of no-nonsense modern day Country music easily relatable...."
...Mindy`s music has a really classy country style and feel to it..."
- Graham Barnes, DJPeteCountry.com
...she can go deep and deliver to sell a heartbreaking ballad like they used to..."
- Janet Goodman, Music News Nashville
Power Source Magazine
Self-described as "Sophisticated Sass" by the singer herself, Let It Burn, Mindy Miller's third studio release features Miller's first mainstream Country radio single. The album's first single, a track titled "Wrong" broke into the Top 100 on the Music Row Magazine Breakout Country Chart, as well as the Top 50 of the Roots Music Report. Fans of classic Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless and Mary Chapin Carpenter will find familiar ground throughout this 10-song collection produced by Miller's longtime producer, Curt Ryle. "When writing and selecting songs for this project, I wanted music that conveyed exactly what I've been through and where I am today. Basically, I wanted you to "walk my journey with me" through this album," says Mindy. Familiar subjects of love, loss, independence, heartache and sacrifice make this collection of no-nonsense modern day Country music easily relatable. Country fans tiring of today's over-produced "party rock" influenced radio fair will find comfortable refuge here.
By Graham Barnes
February 25, 2015
This is Mindy Millers breakout album, Mindy`s music has a really classy country style and feel to it, her warm vocals makes this album a real country delight. Mindy Millers personal story is far too complex for me to go into here, but please take the time to have a look on her website and check out her video Life To The Max it is an inspirational look at this exceptional artist and proves second chances can happen. http://www.mindymillerofficial.com/
Wrong the first offering on the album starts off with a real twang in the music. Mindy`s smooth vocals kick in creating a unique sound. Wrong released as a single sets a great demonstration of Mindy`s capabilities as a vocalist. This track is a really pleasant offering demonstrating the quality of Mindy`s work. “Wrong Baby, so wrong you think you`re always right but for once in your life you`re wrong.”
Next up Coming Down On Me is one of those really classy moody sounding country tracks. Mindy is excellent on this track. Sometime it does feel that the “whole worlds coming down on me.” I`m sure we all share the sentiments of this song from time to time. This superb track is being released as a single on the 3rd March 2015.
The beautifully written and sung Lie To Me is the third track. A piano driven song with smoothly sung lyrics making this a bit of a country tearjerker. Mindy is very accomplished at delivering this type of song.
Let It Burn Starts off with a slightly quicker tempo Mindy`s pitch and tone are perfectly matched for this break up song. Let It Burn is a great title track, atmospheric and mellow creating a real emotion driven track.
Following the title track the Same Old Song And Dance is a break up track. Knowing when to get out of a relationship at the right time is a tough decision brilliantly handled on this great track. “I want to spend my life making music, not going through the motions of the same old song and dance.”
I Really Hate Loving You the harmonised vocals stand out on this song which varies its tempo and the pitch of the vocals. This is one of those songs that really grows on you and was a very close contender for the stand out track.
This number fires in quickly and has a real country sound. Get Over It is a typical upbeat country number aptly demonstrating that Mindy is equally at home with the faster tracks as she is with the mellow slow songs. This song is for me the stand out track of the album it has great vocals, well written music and a nice tempo to it.
White circle is one of those slow sad country ballads. This one is a real tearjerker break up song and Mindy excels herself here. She really can unleash the emotions for these songs and White Circle is no exception and it is beautifully executed.
Love Is A Sweet Thing is as the title suggests a sweet song. The songs opening catchy guitar chord intro runs through the course of the song. Mindy`s vocals are as smooth and as rich as honey in equal measure on this wonderfully composed laid back but somewhat catchy track.
The final song Stay A Little Longer kicks off with a foot tapping moderate beat. This song rattles along at a fair rate. “Couldn’t you try to see things my way, Think of the traffic on the highway, baby turn around and don’t walk out the door, stay a little longer.” An apt final song on this lovely album and let’s hope that Mindy Miller`s stay is a lot longer this time round as she certainly deserves the chance.
Music News Nashville
By Janet Goodman
Jan. 28, 2015
“Baby, stay a little longer/’Til I don’t want you any longer/And that should take at least a billion years or more,” sings contemporary Country artist Mindy Miller, in the chorus of her co-written romantic final track of her 2014 “Let It Burn” album. This Kansas-born, Margdon Records power vocalist’s second full-length album features ten songs recorded in Clarksville, Tennessee and produced by Curt Ryle.
Miller opens the set with her first single released to radio, the up-tempo kiss-off tune “Wrong,” leading the way to back-to-back album stand-outs. Swamp rocker “Coming Down On Me” is her opportunity to bare vocals with bite and “Lie To Me” shows she can go deep and deliver to sell a heartbreaking ballad like they used to.
On her title track, Miller easily communicates that a woman’s scorn can certainly scorch, and is snarky with attitude on “Get Over It.” Story song “White Circle” proves typical of her strong and rangey-fare. Unlike last track “Stay A Little Longer,” Miller really doesn’t have to plead with listeners to stick around — her veteran chops know how to command an audience.