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MINDY JOSTYN


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Mindy Jostyn's CD Cedar Lane - Secular Cedar Lane - Secular
Cedar Lane, the latest recording from Mindy Jostyn, is a broad avenue whose course provides an effortless passage from one inspired locale to another. With a keen instinct for storytelling, the songs of Cedar Lane explore the themes of home, history, love and humor in a pop/folk, worldly-wise manner. These are the songs of a woman who started out just wanting to "play with the boys - " Now the boys want to play with her.




Mindy Jostyn's CD Five Miles From Hope - Secular Five Miles From Hope - Secular
Five Miles From Hope showcases Mindy Jostyn's extraordinary talents as a songwriter, vocalist and musician. With inspiring songs like "Time Be on My Side," a duet with Carly Simon, and "All Roads," the gripping "Common Ground" and the delicate, touching ballad "Different Light," Mindy is sure to add many fans to her long list of admirers.




Mindy Jostyn's CD Blue Stories - Secular Blue Stories - Secular
She's an acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, but Mindy Jostyn could just as easily be a professional storyteller. Blue Stories is a collection of bittersweet tales that combine pathos and humor to explore themes of love, loss, home, history, and repentance.




Mindy Jostyn's CD In His Eyes In His Eyes
In His Eyes is a wonderful collection of 16 non-denominational folk hymns. Produced by Mindy and Matt Balitsaris it's flavored with musical influences from around the world and features Mindy's expressive vocals and her command of violin, accordion, keyboard, guitar and harmonica.




Mindy Jostyn's CD Coming Home Coming Home
Coming Home is a truly inspired collection of non-denominational "folk hymns." Produced and orchestrated by Peter Link, it's full of musical influences from around the world and features Mindy Jostyn on lead vocals, all of her instruments, and a host of guest artists.




QUOTES

"Mindy Jostyn is among the most exciting songwriters to emerge in some time; her ballads reveal a poet’s aim for life’s revealing little moments. Everything is delivered with sparkling musicality and an emotional voice." - The Boston Globe

"A few days ago my sister gave me three of Mindy’s albums to listen to. I listened to each one, then listened again. I have never heard anyone who comes close to delivering such heart felt messages with so much grace and beauty. Her music just radiates in your soul." - Peter Kemmsies

"Mindy Jostyn was a mother, a wife, a musician, a masterful musician, a daughter, a sister and a sideman sister extraordinaire. Mindy had your back. Her voice was one which, well, we could say: An Angel wanted a voice and Mindy Jostyn appeared. Her tenderness on the piano, the sighing of her violin, how she could rock the entire block with her fiddle, and look out for her on the harmonica, boys. Whoa! Just ask Arlen Roth and any audience that got the chance to hear the two of them pitch into the battle of jazz when we'd perform songs like "Satellite Sky" and "Flying in The Face of Mr. Blue". Mindy was a master at everything she played. Her squeeze box was the breath of every song she played on it. Her persona on stage was a ray of light, sometimes weeping and sometimes stamping it's feet... God Love you Mindy. I am grateful for your embodiment of joy." - Kate Taylor

"Hey, don't you know that Mindy's music dreams us onward? Yeah, anyone who has heard her knows this and some had the extra delight to see her, to know her and be touched by that amazing grace that she was, is, and always will be. Rock On, Mindy, Rock On!" - Lance

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BIOGRAPHY

A much-loved and highly regarded singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Mindy Jostyn passed on in March 2005. For nearly ten years, she toured throughout the eastern United States wowing audiences with her soulful voice, distinctive melodies, witty and insightful lyrics, and her command of a host of different instruments including guitar, violin, harmonica, accordion, and piano. She headlined at legendary folk clubs such as the Bitter End in New York City, Club Passim in Cambridge, MA, and the Ironhorse in North Hampton, MA, and she performed at the Falcon Ridge, Winnipeg, and Long Island folk festivals.

During the years that she toured as a singer/songwriter, Jostyn released four solo CD's. Her first, "Five Miles from Hope", is a rootsy, country blues album recorded with a live band and musical guests Donald Fagen, Carly Simon, and Garth Hudson. Her follow-up, "Cedar Lane", is a pop-folk paean to the suburbs of her youth featuring emotive ballads and satiric takes on modern love. Her third CD, "in His eyes", is a non- denominational collection of "folk hymns" (a term that Mindy coined). In 2003, she released "Blue Stories", a collection of bittersweet songs about people and their plights.

During the year before she passed on, Jostyn spent much of her time working on a new solo CD called "Coming Home" which is slated for release in September 2005. Like "in His eyes", "Coming Home" is a collection of non-denominational "folk hymns". Produced and orchestrated by Peter Link, it's flavored with musical influences from around the world and features Jostyn on lead vocals, all of her instruments, and a host of guest artists.

Jostyn's co-lyricist on all of her CDs is her husband Jacob Brackman whose prior musical collaborators include James Taylor, Dr. John, Steve Winwood, Jerry Ragavoy, and Carly Simon, with whom he wrote many songs including "That's the Way I've Always Heard it Should Be" and "I Haven't Got Time for the Pain."


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