Mindy Miller’s country music career was picking up momentum when family tragedy struck.
In 2000, the singer-songwriter from Savage had just completed her second album, “Perfectly,” and was set to embark on a tour of Europe when her mother fell ill with cancer.
Wanting to be by her mother’s side as she battled the disease, Miller canceled her tour, and subsequently saw her record deal dissolve.
And that appeared to be the end of Miller’s life in show business. Until now.
Next week will see the release of her third album, “Wrong.”
After a decade-long break from country music – a period which saw the death of her mother in 2003 – Miller was contacted in 2010 by her former producer, Curt Ryle, signed to the Tate Music Group label and recorded her latest CD in Nashville.
Miller, who works full-time as a budget analyst in Eagan and employs her vocal talents as a member of the worship team at Destiny Christian Center in Burnsville, has high hopes for “Wrong.”
Five-second TV ads for the album – featuring the CD’s cover art and a clip of Miller’s music – are scheduled to air on cable channels CMT and GAC later this summer. And her label has launch parties planned in both the Twin Cities and Nashville.
It doesn’t hurt that the songwriting credits on “Wrong” include some A-list country music stars, including Carrie Underwood, who co-wrote the track “Same Old Song and Dance.”
With all the fanfare surrounding the record’s release – her label has planned a promotional push aimed at getting nationwide radio airplay for three of the songs – this summer marks a high point for Miller, a Kansas native who began singing not long after she learned to talk.
“When I was 3 I’d walk around the house and sing – I’d use my mom’s hairbrush and I’d sing the song ‘Elvira,’ ” said the Kansas native. “You’d think it was the only song I knew.”
Though “Wrong” won’t officially be released until next week, several of the tracks are available for listening at her Tate Music Group artist page, www.mindymichellemiller.tmgartist.com.