Mindi Abair (born May 23, 1969 in St. Petersburg, Florida) is an American saxophonist and vocalist with a strong Top-40 pop music background. Mindi has toured and/or recorded with the Backstreet Boys, Duran Duran, Mandy Moore, Josh Groban, Adam Sandler, Keb' Mo', Lalah Hathaway, Lee Ritenour, Teena Marie, John Tesh, Bobby Lyle, Jonathan Butler, Peter White and Rick Braun. She toured with Aerosmith in 2012. In 2003, Abair moved from pop to jazz. She signed to Verve Records and released the album It Just Happens That Way, which peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and remained in the Top 10 for 19 consecutive weeks. Billboard magazine named It Just Happens That Way one of the top 10 Contemporary Jazz CDs of the year. Her hit single "Lucy's" was No. 1 on R&R for a record-breaking eight weeks. Her 2004 release Come As You Are peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz charts. Her 2006 release Life Less Ordinary peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart and remained in the top 20 for 45 weeks. Her songs "True Blue" and "Bloom" hit No. 1 on R&R. She signed to Concord Records in 2007, and her latest 2008 release Stars broke the usual genre barriers, with her single "Stars" (written and produced by Matthew Hager) charting No. 29 Adult Contemporary R&R simultaneously with her single "Smile" hitting top ten on the R&R jazz airplay charts. Her album, Hi-Fi Stereo, was released in 2010 and climbed to No. 6 on the Jazz Albums chart. The album spawned the No. 1 Jazz Songs hit "Be Beautiful." written by Rick Julian and David Ryan Harris. Abair also plays the flute and keyboard and sings, and she has hosted the nationally syndicated radio program Chill with Mindi Abair since 2007, which focuses on chill out music.
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- ^ "It Just Happens That Way". Billboard.com. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
- ^ "Come as you Are". Billboard.com. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
- ^ "Life Less Ordinary". Billboard.com. Retrieved September 2009.
- ^ "Chill with Mindi Abair".