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 was
released 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."
Prior to launching her solo career, Jostyn was an established
"sideman" who toured with some of the biggest names in popular music
including Billy Joel, John Mellencamp, Donald Fagen, the Hooters, Joe
Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and Carly Simon. She also appeared and/or
recorded with John Bon Jovi, Shania Twain, Andreas Vollenweider, Pat
Benetar, and Laura Nyro.
Jostyn grew up in San Jose, CA and Wellesley, MA. Already playing
several instruments at age 11, she organized an all-girl ensemble
called The Tigers. When boys came into the picture, she started
writing about them and performing with them in a series of bands
culminating with The Cyclone Rangers, a cover band that performed for
a decade in and around New York City. At every stage of her career,
Jostyn composed and performed devotional songs, both in and out of
churches, using her music to integrate the spiritual with the secular.
Carly Simon: (1996-2005)
Photos from Mindy's sideman days
Mindy with: (from top) Phoebe Snow and Will Lee, The Hooters, Billy Joel, John Sebastian, Jimmy Vivino and Donald Fagan, Chaka Khan.
Performances throughout the U.S. Back-up singer, violin, acoustic guitar,
mandolin, harmonica, accordian.
Cindy Lauper: "Sisters of Avalon" tour of Japan (1996)
Back-up singer, electric and acoustic guitar, accordian, violin, mandolin.
Andreas Vollenweider: World tour (1995)
Singer, keyboards, acoustic guitar, violin, harmonica, mandolin, accordian.
John Mellencamp: "Dance Naked" national tour(1994)
Back-up singer, acoustic and electric guitar, violin, harmonica, mandolin, accordian.
The Hooters: "Out of Body" world tour (1992-1993)
Singer (back-up and lead), acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica, violin, mandolin.
Joe Jackson: "Laughter and Lust" world tour (1991)
Singer (back-up and lead), acoustic guitar, violin, harmonica.
The New York Rock and Soul Revue: (1989-1992)
Various performances including 1992 national tour featuring Donald Fagen,
Waiter Becker, Michael McDonald, Boz Scaggs, and Phoebe Snow.
Singer (back-up and lead), violin, harmonica.
Billy Joel: "Storm Front" world tour (1989-1990)
Back-up singer, electric and acoustic guitar, violin, harmonica.
Other performance dates:
Pat Benatar, Shania Twain, Jon Bon Jovi, Kate Taylor, and John Waite.
|Kate Taylor||Beautiful Road||T.B.A.|
|Gabrielle Roth||Tribe||Raven Recordings||2000|
|(various)||Christmas at the Almanac Hall||1999|
|Kate Taylor (with James Taylor)||Auld Lang Syne (single)||1999|
|Carly Simon||Film Noir||Arista||1997|
|John Waite||When You Were Mine||Sony||1997|
|Susan Werner||Last of the Good Straight Girls||Private Music||1995|
|The Hooters||The Hooters Live||MCA||1994|
|The Hooters||Out of Body||MCA||1993|
|Laura Nyro||Walk the Dog and Light the Light||Columbia||1993|
|The Story||Angel in the House||Elektra||1993|
|The New York|
Rock and Soul Revue
|Live at the Beacon Theatre||Giant||1991|