Mandy Barnett At The Higley Center
For The Performing Arts In Gilbert, AZ
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Mandy Barnett performed November 4, 2015 at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in
Acclaimed recording artist and performer Mandy Barnett took us on a sparkling musical
journey performing an evening of Patsy Cline's hits including "Sweet Dreams,"
"Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "Walking After Midnight,"
"Faded Love," and more, along with other classic country and pop standards, and
selections from her own albums. It was a night of show-stopping entertainment.
Mandy originated the role of "Patsy Cline" in the theatrical production
Always...Patsy Cline at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium, where the performances sold
out nightly, and she has wowed critics and audiences ever since. Mandy, in role as
Patsy, appears on the original cast album recording.
Mandy is a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry, and is equally as comfortable onstage
with symphony orchestras. Her robust delivery on her contemporary yet retro-sounding
country and pop-tinged material harkens back to the likes of all-time great female singers
and timeless sounds.
More on Mandy:
Mandy Barnett, a native of Crossville, Tennessee, started singing at five
years-old. She has been singing since. Mandy's style is rooted in the classic
country and pop crooning of iconic singers and enduring sounds. She delves into a
song with a keen interpretative sense, studying the intricacies of its emotional content
and rendering a powerful performance through her full-bodied voice.
As a teenager, Mandy starred as country music legend Patsy Cline in the stage show
"Always...Patsy Cline" at the celebrated Ryman Auditorium in Nashville,
Tennessee. The performances sold out nightly and received rave reviews across the
country. Mandy, in role as Patsy, appears on the Decca Records cast recording.
Mandy soon signed with Asylum Records where she released her first album as herself,
appropriately entitled, "Mandy Barnett." The album received glowing
reviews in major trade publications and magazines, including "Time" magazine, as
well as praise from veteran country artists and fans.
In due course, Seymour Stein, who introduced the world to Madonna, Seal, the Barenaked
Ladies, and k.d. lang, heard Mandy's voice and was, he said, "spellbound."
When Stein launched Sire Records within Warner Music Group, Mandy was the first artist he
signed. Mandy's Sire Records project paired her with the undisputed pioneer of the
Nashville Sound, producer Owen Bradley. The album that they made together,
"I've Got A Right To Cry," would be his final contribution to the community who
knew him through his work with legends Ernest Tubb, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline,
and Kitty Wells. Owen passed away four songs into the project, but not before
leaving his unmistakable mark on the album. His brother and longtime partner, Harold
Bradley, inherited the delicate task of finishing the album with Mandy. A legal pad
filled with Owen's handwritten notes for each song guided the two through the rest of the
sessions, and what was to be Owen's farewell to the world was poised to propel Mandy and
her remarkable vocal talent once again into the national limelight.
"I've Got A Right To Cry" was a huge critical success. "Rolling
Stone" magazine named it the top country album of 1999. Other stellar reviews
appeared in "People," "Newsweek," "Interview," and multiple
national newspapers. Mandy appeared on "The Late Show with David
Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "CBS Sunday
Morning," and PBS's "Sessions at West 54th" as a result of her acclaim.
In addition to her own albums, Mandy has been featured on movie soundtracks, including
"A Walk On the Moon," "Traveller," "Space Cowboys,"
"Election," "Drop Dead Gorgeous," and "Crazy." Mandy
also sang on the SpongeBob SquarePants album "The Best Day Ever," sharing the
spotlight with the likes of Brian Wilson, Tommy Ramone, Flaco Jimenez, and NRBQ. In
2012, Mandy's rendition of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" was
prominently showcased in "Political Animals," the USA Network television series
starring Sigourney Weaver and Ellen Burstyn.
Mandy tours regularly, nationally and internationally, and is a frequent guest on the
Grand Ole Opry. She reprised her role as "Patsy Cline" in the acclaimed
production "Always...Patsy Cline" at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville,
Tennessee during 2009, in honor of the 15th anniversary of the celebrated venue's
extensive renovations and re-opening. Back by popular demand, Mandy again hit the Ryman
stage in "Always...Patsy Cline" in June and July 2011.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Rounder Records teamed up for the 2010 exclusive
Cracker Barrel store release of Mandy's Christmas album "Winter Wonderland,"
which distinguished music historian and critic Robert K. Oermann called "an instant
classic." Among other publications praising "Winter Wonderland," the
"L.A. Times" lauded Mandy's "pipes of steel," "big" voice
and "glorious echo" harkening back to the likes of all-time great female singers
like Cline and timeless sounds. "All Music" proclaimed "Winter
Wonderland" as "timeless," as Mandy captures the nostalgic holiday mood
"perfectly and wonderfully." Rounder continues to distribute "Winter
Wonderland" wherever music is sold.
Mandy's "Sweet Dreams" album, released in 2011 on the Opry Music label and
Warner Bros. digital, features Mandy's renditions of songs previously recorded by Patsy
Cline. Along with Cline hits like "Crazy," "I Fall To Pieces,"
"Faded Love," and the album title track, Mandy offers stunning versions of
Irving Berlin's pop standard "Always" and the Mel Tillis-penned
"Strange." Reviewing "Sweet Dreams," DigitalRodeo.com applauded
Mandy's talents as "one of the most beautiful classic country' female voices of
all time. She has total control of her voice and sings effortlessly. Barnett
is a true master of her craft." "Country Weekly" magazine affirmed
this view, noting how Mandy embodies "the emotional torch-and-twang style of Patsy
Cline with authority" with her captivating "effortless and emotional
Mandy's latest album, "I Can't Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson,"
debuted in November 2013. It's a salute to the iconic songs penned by Country Music
Hall of Fame member Gibson, whom Mandy befriended a few years prior to his passing in
2003. Among Gibson's most famous compositions on Mandy's project are "I Can't
Stop Loving You," "Sweet Dreams," and "Oh Lonesome Me."
With this release, Mandy fulfills her long-ago promise to Gibson to record a collection of
his songs. Covering the album's debut, "USA Today" called Mandy one of the
"finest classic country and torch singers" to come out of Nashville. Other
reviewers heralded "I Can't Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson" as "a
riveting album" that showcases Mandy's "exquisite," "powerful and
spellbinding," "soaring country torch" voice.
For more information on Mandy, go to her website: www.mandybarnett.com
Thanks For The Music Mandy!