“A torch singer in the grandest sense of the word.”
“A vocalist of supreme power and nuance.”
“Pipes of steel.”
-LOS ANGELES TIMES
“One of the city's [Nashville’s] finest classic-country and torch singers.”
“Clad in a hip-hugging dress and yah-high pumps, Barnett struck a regal pose onstage and turned the crowd to jiggly mint jelly . . .”
“Ms. Barnett had the vocal finesse: the husky dives, the controlled slides and the timing . . . Surrounded by showboating, she made understatement persuasive.”
-NEW YORK TIMES
“A big, silky, expressive voice.”
“Barnett is a veritable singing machine.”
"Barnett has these wonderful pipes, and not only does she sing as if she loves the songs, she sings as if she can scarcely contain her warm fuzzy feelings for the style itself."
“Here is Nashville’s next great female singer. . . Longtime country fans might well be reminded of Cline and [Brenda] Lee (and even—thanks to Barnett’s blend of sensuality and natural musicality—Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley).”
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MANDY BARNETT: THE NASHVILLE SONGBOOK
The “Nashville Songbook” is a collection of songs that made Nashville famous as “Music City”—some of the most influential and iconic country and pop standards ever written, originally recorded by artists as diverse as Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, Tammy Wynette, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Eddy Arnold, The Everly Brothers, Brenda Lee, and more, and written by the likes of Harlan Howard, Hank Cochran, Willie Nelson, Don Gibson, etc.* Mandy Barnett’s pure, commanding voice and artistry make these songs her very own. Spend an enchanting night of timeless music with one of today's premier vocalists with her "Nashville Songbook" show that appeals to music fans of all types—who will undoubtedly want to sing along to some of the best-loved tunes of all time! Barnett first unveiled her “Nashville Songbook” concert with the Nashville Symphony in 2016, in celebration of the Symphony’s 70th anniversary. Since then, Barnett has teamed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast for “Nashville Songbook” concerts. And Barnett recently made her NYC cabaret debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below with her “Nashville Songbook” acoustic version.
It’s no accident that Barnett continues to pay tribute to the “Nashville Songbook.” Barnett has a deep connection to the songs—to the artists who recorded them and the songwriters who penned them. Barnett grew up in East Tennessee and came to Nashville frequently as a child and teenager to record and perform. During that time, she met many legendary country and pop artists and songwriters, often in studios or the backstage wings at the Grand Ole Opry and other stages. Mandy is pleased to have the opportunity to honor these icons with her “Nashville Songbook” show!
With her own recordings and live shows, Nashville musical treasure Mandy Barnett has established herself as one of the great champions of American classic country and pop music. She delves into a song with a keen interpretive sense, striking its emotional core and rendering a powerhouse performance through her “pipes of steel” (Los Angeles Times). As one record executive puts it, “Mandy Barnett is a song’s best friend.”
Barnett first gained national prominence as the original star of the musical Always...Patsy Cline at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium. Barnett, as Cline, appears on the original cast soundtrack album and is the only actress to have played the role on the historic Ryman stage where Cline’s legend began. The Ryman shows sold out nightly and received rave reviews, and Barnett has wowed critics and audiences ever since with her concerts and recordings. Barnett’s critically lauded albums include I’ve Got a Right to Cry, named the “Top Country Album” by Rolling Stone in the year of its release and produced by renowned Nashville Sound pioneer Owen Bradley, who also produced Cline’s most loved chart-toppers (as well as producing Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, and k.d. lang). And Rolling Stone continues to honor this landmark album, placing it last year on two of its “best of” lists of seminal classic country works.
With a string of acclaimed country albums (in addition to I’ve Got a Right to Cry), such as her self-titled Warner Bros. debut, her Christmas celebration Winter Wonderland, and I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson (a tribute to her friend, the late Country Music Hall of Fame member), there’s no doubt that frequent Grand Ole Opry performer Barnett has mastered the country genre and holds it dear to her heart. But Barnett is not one to be musically boxed in. The latest addition to Barnett’s discography is her Strange Conversation album, an Americana blend of roots, pop, and R&B tunes that includes a duet with John Hiatt and a soulful rendition of Neil Sedaka’s My World Keeps Slipping Away, which Sedaka himself sent to Barnett to record. AllMusic hails Strange Conversation as the “richest record of her career: surprising, lively, and deeply felt,” and The Philadelphia Inquirer, which listed Strange Conversation among the best country/roots albums of 2018, notes that Barnett “takes a disparate collection of pop, soul, and rock numbers and makes a riveting personal statement.”
As further testament to her diversity, Barnett sang on the SpongeBob SquarePants album The Best Day Ever (sharing the spotlight with the likes of Brian Wilson, Tommy Ramone, and Flaco Jimenez) and often incorporates a Great American Songbook standard or two into her live shows. When asked about her favorite composer, Barnett’s as likely to cite Cole Porter or George Gershwin as she is Willie Nelson or Dolly Parton.
In fact, along the lines of highlighting Barnett’s range, just out is her lush rendition of the 1960s Skeeter Davis country/pop hit “The End Of The World,” followed down the line by an album of torch songs produced by Fred Mollin (producer for Johnny Mathis, Kris Kristofferson, Jimmy Webb, etc.).
Barnett’s music has been featured in many major film and television soundtracks (most recently, in The CW Network’s series “The Flash”), and she has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” PBS’s “Sessions at West 54th,” PBS’s “Bluegrass Underground,” and numerous other programs.
Among the many publications praising Barnett's talents, the Chicago Tribune calls Barnett “a torch singer in the grandest sense of the word.” Other major media have likewise extolled Barnett’s world-class vocals, “natural musicality” (People), “big, silky, expressive voice” (Billboard), and “vocal finesse” (New York Times). USA Today calls Barnett one of Nashville’s “finest classic-country and torch singers,” while the Austin Chronicle notes that “when people start talking about Mandy Barnett, eventually the word ‘amazing’ gets used.”