The past year has been one for the books and I’m so excited to recap all the excitement!

 

But first off I want to thank each and every one of you for all your love, support and encouragement over the years. This journey has been an adventure and a half and you guys have always stuck by my side J This journey of mine isn’t all about me or my accomplishments but more about OUR success and OUR adventure so thank you from the bottom of my heart! So buckle up because the next 365 days are going to be a wild ride

 

Now to the recap excitement!

 

January started off with a fun filled first trip to the ACMAs (Alberta Country Music Awards) in Red Deer Alberta. I had an absolute blast with miss Lynn Tessari meeting fellow Albertans on the same musical journey that I am on. Made so many amazing new relationships, reconnected with so many musical friends from the past, heard some phenomenally talented artists and had a blast dancing at the after parties (my specialty haha). The trip was highlighted by one of my best friends Emily making the drive up and bringing her family to Billy Bobs to celebrate with me! After ACMAs I hopped in Ems jeep and we drove down to Calgary to enjoy some quality time together which included a workout at her brand new workout facility “Crush Camp” and a quick trip to Banff to go ice skating on Lake Louise.

Me with Lynn

In February I hosted my first ever “Mix and Mingle” at the beautiful Nashville Music Loft. Miss Lindsay Lawler helped me put on an awesome night with friends from all over dropping by to enjoy some wine and veggie “meat balls” (seriously *Gardein vegan products are fab!). We had a mix of different friends from Canada to ones here in Tennessee.

Lucy Angel, Greg Rider and Adam Gregory even stopped by to sing a few songs!

Lyndsay and I

March was awesome as I played my first major House Concert in Loveland Ohio “Live in Loveland”. My friend Ajaye Jardine and I packed up our guitars and headed north first to play a show with our friend Timothy Paul in Newark and then headed south to the epic house concert put on my Al & Sue Kentrup. The house was packed and we set a new record for attendance that night! So thankful to Al and Sue for hosting these amazing events and giving independent artists a phenomenal spot to showcase their talents J March also brought an amazing road trip with my friend Rachel Bell as she relocated to Denver CO. We spent our first night in Kansas City Missouri which was a ton of fun and then hit our destination the next day. We hiked up to the famous Red Rocks amphitheater, ate some amazing vegan food and made some fabulous memories. I need to head out that direction ASAP and would love to play some house concerts or venues out there. If you happen to be in that area and have any leads please drop a girl a line and lets plan this thing!

Playing Live in Loveland w/ Ajaye Jardine

April brought a fun filled month with me playing my hometown radio stations Birthday Bash in Leduc Alberta. From there my guitar player and good friend Cody Yost came down to visit Nashville and to see what this town is all about. I also started the process of recording Chasin The Ace and had a fab time co-producing it with my producer Simon Gugala.

 

May was filled with amazing memories such as opening up for American Young in Lousiville KY, opening for number one songwriter Chris DeStafano at the Country Music Hall of Fame and travelling to New Orleans for the first time to play a private show with one of my best friends Lindsay Lawler! We had an amazing trip and I got to experience the great city in style with the fire truck bar tour, staying in a haunted mansion, celebrating at the famous Pat O’Brians and dining at the oldest family owned restaurant in the country Antoine’s. May also brought the exciting trip to Cabo St Lucas for my sister Angeleena’s beautiful wedding! We had an amazing family trip and definitely one for the books

Opened up for Chris DeStafano at Country Music Hall of Fame

 

James and I at my sister's wedding

June was very exciting with a hometown show that brought number one songwriter Phillip White up to my hometown of Stony Plain to play an amazing writers round as we brought a little bit of Nashville to the north. It was a great Sold Out event and everyone had a fabulous time! My band played the hometown After Party for Farmers Days for the second year in a row which was another sell out. June was also filled with lots of CMA festivities, a surprise visit from my best friend Dalyce for my birthday and a week long tour in the north with miss Ajaye Jardine. We played in some amazing places, made some amazing friends and had a friggin blast on the road! From Ohio, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland and Kentucky we checked off some amazing places off the old venue list

 

In July I did a whole bunch of travelling first off playing my friends wedding with my good buddy Zack Dyer in Minneapolis then headed out early the next morning to fly to Calgary Alberta and play a private party which was a great warm up for my band playing the Calgary Stampede for the first time ever!! It was such a dream come true to play the big Coca Cola stage and I still get goose bumps thinking about it J After the Stampede I headed off to Jasper Alberta with my friend and photographer miss Ali Matheson and did an amazing photo shoot in the Rocky Mountains.

 

August wasn’t as busy but there were still quite a few amazing times including a trip back home for our annual Family Reunion party where my band played until wee hours of the morning, a quick trip down to Camore Alberta to show James the mountains and then off to Calgary to visit my best friends Emily and Ross. Had a great time and on our way back to Nashville I snuck off and bought my dream purse … a vegan leather Mat & Nat light brown over the shoulder purse. Drool! I have to add that in there because I bought the purse with the positive intention that I had worked very hard this year and deserved something to remind me everyday that abundance is all around us and ready for us to grasp. Plus the purse wasn’t that expensive, not like a mortgage payment or anything haha

 

September took me up to Hamilton Ontario with my road trip partner Ajaye for the Canadian Country Music week where I had 3 showcases! We drove a beautiful 2019 Ford Mustang Convertible that Enterprise so generously upgraded us to and had the most amazing trip of our lives. So many amazing memories made, my showcases went fabulous and it turned out top be a very important trip because I made a connection with a super talented industry person whom I will be working with in 2019 so yay for the near future!!! Eee September was also filled with abundance as I added Blake Shelton's Bar Ole Red to my venue list and was able to purchase a flight to Germany to have a once in a lifetime trip. More of that in October! In September I also had the honor of watching my first Alison Kraus concert thanks to my amazing friend Carrie and was able to meet miss Alison after the show. She is a huge influence in my music as it was her version of ‘When You Say Nothing at All” that won me a singing competition back when I lived in Canada that assisted me in getting my work visa to move to Nashville. I started working with an amazing publicist and friend Samantha Johnson who helped me with the promotion of Chasin The Ace which included a photoshoot with Jordan Merrigan.

CCMA Showcase

Now comes end of Sept/ beginning of October with my amazing trip to Germany to visit my sister Angeleena and brother in law Ryan. Just so happens that our sister Karli was able to take a week and a half off work to join us which made for an epic trip! I could type it all in here but we’d be sitting here for years haha so make sure to check out my “Blog Post European Style” 1 & 2 for all those details!

    The Whole Family at Octoberfest

When I got back from Germany we released Chasin The Ace which included live performances on Nashville radio 105 Nash FM “The Ty Kelly & Chuck Show” and an on air live band performance on WSMV “Today in Nashville”. The release went amazing and we’ve had a fabulous response from it so far. That weekend my buddy Zack Dyer, my assistant Carly Kahl and I headed up to Loveland to play the amazing “Live in Loveland” to promote the release!

 

November was a blast as I got approved for my new work visa and travelled up to Toronto Ontario for a few days to wait for my new entry date which just happened to be NoPlaying WSMVv 11 2018 – Which if you’ve read my last blog post works out to be 11-11-11 a magical number in the numerology world! I can feel the positive vibes already!! Had a blast in Toronto J My friend Tyson welcomed me into TO and toured me around which was a blast. Everything from watching Bohemian Rhapsody in the theatre to walking around downtown to shopping and trying out vegan food. I was able to convince Tyson (didn’t take much) to hop in the jeep and drive down to Nashville with me. He agreed and James and I had a blast hanging with Tyson at the CMA Awards and then the Big Machine Label Group After Party.

CMA Big Machine After party w/ James & Tyson

Now onto December which was so great to get ready for the holidays and o ya James and I moved into a new place… Never a dull moment in this life haha We are super happy for the change and look to be inspired all year long. We made a quick trip up to Michigan for the holidays to see James family and have some much needed rest and relaxation.

 

All in all this year was fabulous! I made my goals of hitting 5000 followers on Instagram, got my first brand ambassador team up with KNIX Wear and I recorded and released a new single J I’m sure I missed out on a few monumental moments but I’m already 5 pages deep and you guys are probably fast asleep by now haha

Official Brand Embassador for KNIX Wear

Again thank you for your support and I am so excited for the next 365 days! And a big thank you to my friend Tim Reynolds who helps keep these blog posts on track! Have a wonderful rest of your holiday season and I look forward to continuing this journey with you all throughout 2019

 

Lots of love

Mandy

 

Ps I’m super excited to be a part of the ambassador team for KNIX Wear in Canada. They have a fabulous line of womens bras and panties. Make sure to take a peek for yourself or to buy a nice little gift for someone special! And us my code MandyMcMillan10 to receive a $10 gift card off your purchase 😉

 

Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow!

Ahhhhh y’all its my second most favorite time of the year … and that’s a lie. It is my absolute favorite time of the year!! Snow, Christmas lights, hot chocolate n almond milk baileys… Merry Christmas to me 😉

I hope everyone is enjoying the season and filled with love and light. A time for reflection of the previous twelve months and insight to how our New Year will flow. I know that at this time of year the pressure for shopping, baking, seeing family and friends is all in high demand and stress can be high but I encourage everyone to take time to rest, breath and do all the seasons festivities out of the greatness of your hearts. If something is too stressful or goes against your flow, feel free to opt out for a night in filled with a bubble bath and a Christmas movie (or horror flick, whatever you prefer) to chill. You don’t need to be overwhelmed, and if someone doesn’t like it tell them Mandy made you do it 😉

 

I will be doing a reflection Blog here in a few weeks to talk about all the abundance that 2018 brought but for now I’d like to just reflect and keep you up to speed on how the past few weeks have been. November brought adventure and a new start AKA brand new work visa started on Nov 11 2018 (and for my numerology peeps that’s 11-11-11!!) I had no idea until that morning when I saw a post on Facebook regarding the greatness of that date and feel so special that the universe was sending me a big message as to what this next year of “work” has in store for me! The fun thing about that adventure was that I had to cross the border in order to activate the new visa and something was pulling for me to drive up to Toronto and experience the amazing city for a few days. Thankfully my good friend Tyson Geick allowed me to take over his apartment (I filled up the man cave with yoga mats, crystals and a bunch of vegan food haha) And we had a great time exploring the city. Went and watched Bohemian Rhaspsody which was A-mazing, hung out at some local mixology bars and I got to explore a few Vegan restaurants! – Did you know that there is a street in Toronto dedicated to Vegan restaurants and boutiques?? Ahhhh Heaven.

Toronto Show

The first night I rolled into TO I somehow convinced Tyson that he should hop in the jeepster and drive back down to Nashville with me … I may have been holding a ticket for the CMA Awards over his head but hey a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do. Like true gentleman fashion he agreed because “it wouldn’t be safe for me to drive another twelve hours back to Nashville alone” haha.

CMA After Party

The CMA Awards were beautiful and so much fun! James, Tyson and I got all dressed up and had a blast. Afterwards it was off to FGL House for the Big Machine Label Group After Party where we had a fabulous time celebrating Country Music. All in all Tys trip to Nash was a huge success and as he headed home to TO he got a job offer at a radio station in British Columbia Canada. Sending him all the positive vibes on the new adventure out west!

 

The next day my Aunty Angel and Uncle John flew into town for a fun filled Nashville trip. They stayed with James, Lucy and I and we had a great time showing them around Music City! Aunty had been down a few years ago when I first moved to town but it was fun to show newby Uncle J the ropes. Jack Daniels Whiskey, Broadway Honky Tonks and a quick roadtrip out to the Smokey Mountains and he was happier than a squirrel with nuts. It was perfect time for them to visit as on Nov 17th I made my official Buddy’s Place House Concert Debut! Buddy is such an amazing person and has hosted amazing artists before they got their big break .. Carly Peirce, Brett Young and Kelsea Ballerini soooo now I’m just waiting on the phone call for mine haha 🙂

November was a blast! And so far December is turning out to be very prosperous.. Moved in to a new home where I will be broadcasting my Mandy Mondays from plus a whole bunch of new videos coming your way in the New Year!

 

Again I hope everyone has an amazing rest of the Holiday Season. Be safe, Be Merry and have an extra glass of spiked hot apple cider for me

 

Ooooo I’m also including a recipe below for my amazing “Mandy Maca Mocha” (say that ten times fast). Great for a boost of energy and also helps with that metabolism during these sugary times. Love yall!

 

Mandy

New Mug

In blender combine

1 cup almond milk

1 tbs Organic Maca Powder

1 tbs raw unsweeted Cocoa

1 tsp Cinnamon

½ tsp ground Turmeric

½ tsp powdered Stevia (adjust to taste or add maple syrup, agave whatever floats your boat)

Small Crack of fresh ground pepper (pepper helps the body absorb more curcumin, which is the active ingredient in Turmeric that is soooo good for your health)

 

Blend for about 10 seconds

Pour into small pot and heat on low heat – Make sure it does not boil

 

Pour in your favorite Christmas mug, top with some Dandies Vegan Marshmallows and enjoy!

Europe Blog Round Two

I hope everyone is having an amazing Holiday Season so far!! I cant believe its already December especially because I’ve accidentally kept you waiting to hear about the last part of my trip to Germany … which is about to get stripped down, uncovered, raw haha First you need to hear about Oktoberfest then I’ll go in to the Naked truth 😉

Last blog we left off from the Shania Twain concert … AMAZING! But the next few days were epically life changing.

When I first picked out my travel days I had no idea that I would be in Munich for Oktoberfest and let me tell ya I screamed a little when I found out! I had been to an Oktoberfest event put on in Nashville the year before and its so crazy because I actually said out loud that I would be at Oktoberfest in Germany the next year. Manifestation at its finest people!

Saturday morning we woke up and went for a 7 mile run to the Nyphemburg Palace which was beautiful! We ran back to the house and got to try on some beautiful Drindls that Angeleena’s friends Erica and Dwan let us borrow. Absolutely beautiful to wear traditional drindls and not the fake kind you get in the gift stores over there J

Ryan, Angeleena, Karli and I headed off to the Oktoberfest grounds and oh my goodness was it ever crazy! We’re talking thousands of people walking around a fair with large steins of beer and riding the Ferris Wheel. We made our way to one of the beer gardens and by a struck of luck got pulled from the back of the line by a waitress that just happened to have a table needing to be filled. We had an amazing time singing, dancing, laughing, drinking beer and making friends with some local German men who were taking a break from their teaching jobs to hang with the boys. Thankfully I was lucky enough to find a vegetarian and vegan menu for food as well … Germany did not disappoint with that! Ryan had to leave early due to having to play hockey early the next day so us girls had a blast for the rest of our night then walked our tipsy selves back to the apartment.

The Whole Family

The next day was a bit foggy but we relived our Oktoberfest memories, got bundled up and headed out to cheer on out RyRy at his hockey game. Where he scored his first goal of the season! So amazing to witness. Us girls had planned to have a much needed relaxing night to recoup from the night before but with Ryan scoring his goal he was fired up and somehow convinced us girls that we should go out and celebrate with the hockey team at the last night of Oktoberfest.

Ryan Button
RyRy signing a fan (literally)

I can tell you that it didn’t take a lot of arm twisting because it was a freakin blast. So we got dressed up and headed out to meet up with Ryan’s hockey team and their wives. I’m so glad we went again and had a chance to really get to know all of Angeleena and Ryan’s hockey family, most of them are Canadian so we had a hoot partying with them! After a few beer steins we all decided it would be great to ride some of the German fair rides (which I can let you know are not like your typical western world safety first fair rides) haha One of the favorites is where you have to step onto a moving belt to get up to the top where you ride a potato sack down the slide. So many laughs and good times as people who have been drinking attempt to get their balance and not wipe out too hard. We made it up with only a few minor bumps and bruises lol

More Oktoberfest fun!

After that we all headed out to a super fun bar called Bussi Bussi where we danced and created so many amazing memories.

The next day and our official last day for adventures is where this entire blog post has been leading up to… Nudity! Now there were bare bums and full frontals earlier on in the trip that came from walks in the parks where it’s up to one’s disclosure to wear clothes or not but now this is our own story. Angeleena had decided that after two weeks of fun we should spend a day relaxing and rejuvenating at a spa … Therme Erding Nude spa. Such an interesting concept for three Canadian girls raised on the western views where you cover up and are fined for flashing a body part. Well if you haven’t been to Europe you need to know that they fully encourage being in the raw. Up for the new adventure we headed to the spa. A beautiful building that at first glance feels like you’re walking into a waterpark and then you see signs where no clothing is permitted. Of course everyone is over the age of 18 and it’s very classy. It took us girls a little bit of time to warm up to the idea and on the count of three it was time to drop the towels and head into the first sauna. After you have a pep talk with yourself to be calm it honestly is the most freeing experience ever and I had a huge AHA moment that day. We are all made in the eyes of our creator be that God, The Universe, The Divine. There is no such thing as perfect and when we get down to the bare of it all we’re all beautiful and should accept each other as we are. We hit up special sauna events where we rubbed coconut cream and flower pedals on ourselves for moisture as the sauna expert put water on the hot plates to create steam, we experienced the Russian sauna where there was music, eucalyptus petals, temperatures into the high 100s and ice water being tossed around. We grabbed a salad for lunch, swam up to a swim up bar, ordered a drink and floated around the pool all while talking about how grateful us girls are to have been able to create some amazing memories. I honestly cannot wait to go back to Germany just to experience the freedom at the nude spa and I highly suggest everyone try it as well J

The next morning we woke up and packed our bags. Drove Karli to the airport, Angeleena and I went out for (another) amazing vegan lunch and then it was off to the airport for me.

I am so thankful for the experience to go to Germany and fully live in my “Chasin’ the Ace” ways. This past year has been quite the ride and I encourage everyone to push boundaries, travel, learn, love and grow!

What Ace are you Chasin’?

Love yall!

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Chasin’ The Ace European Edition Part 1

October was crazy so I decided to break it up into a few portions for this month. First Blog is Europe style– recapping Beer, karaoke, hockey games, mein swesters and nudity.. read below for all the deats 😉

* I started typing out this blog post on Oct 9th while I was in the airport so I am keeping it in that tense for your viewing pleasure J Hope you like!

I’m currently sitting in the Munich airport awaiting my flight back to the US. Its bitter sweet. Angeleena and I already made the trip to the airport this morning to drop off baby sister Karli for her flight back to Canada. Cue the tears, lots of hugs and reminiscing all our fab memories of the past two weeks. This trip has been life changing to say the least. And I knew it would be. It was the first time both Karli and I had stepped foot on European soil and the first time us three girls took a trip together. And we got to spend lots of quality time getting to really know our fabulous brother in law Ryan. Ryan is a hockey player currently signed with the Munich Red Bulls here in Germany. He’s played hockey his whole life which means that for the 5 years him and Angeleena have been together he’s been travelling all over the States and Germany playing the sport he loves. With me living in Nashville it,s been tricky to spend quality time to get to know him. Although really I knew he was the one for our Angeleena when he challenged me to an Air Guitar Off at a family wedding a few years back sooooo he’s my RyRy.

Me and Angeleena

There are so many amazing memories from this trip and I’m going to do my best to describe them here –

Landed in Germany on Sept 27th and to many peoples surprise I didn’t have an ounce of jet lag (I chalk it up to really telling my mind that I was going to be just fine lol). We toured around downtown and I got to double on Ryans scooter – real European style! That weekend was just Angeleena and I and we ventured out just a little bit. Got to meet up with my beautiful friend Lauren Webber from Calgary Alberta who recently got relocated to Munich for her job. We met up at the Viktualien Market and I got to taste my first German beer, a lemon flavored Radler which became a staple during my trip. We got to take in Ryans hockey game and it was super exciting to watch him play surrounded by screaming German fans who loveeeee their sports. Saturday Angeleena and I took a trip to Austria to visit the beautiful city Salzburg. Our first stop was for Vegan food and low and behold we walk into GustaV to see that the menu was a large playing card with the Ace of Hearts on it!

Mandy and Ace
Chasin’ The Ace

Definitely the right spot to be. After an amazing lunch we headed out to hike up a mountain to a castle and get a great view of the beautiful city. Found a pub that sold Radler and hiked the rest of the way down.

Sunday we picked Karli up from the airport and took a beautiful walk through Olympia Park where Ryans team plays hockey and where the 1976 Olympics were held. One of the only Olympic grounds that are still used to this day! We got to take in Ryans hockey team and cheered them into a win which then lead us to rally up Karli and head out with Angeleena’s girlfriends to sing Karaoke at an Irish pub Killians. I didn’t bring my guitar with me so this was much needed to last me through the two weeks!

Sisters Reunited

Monday morning we woke up a little foggy (Beer Steins will do that to ya) and us three girls headed off to Sirmione Italy and Lake Garda for a small get away. We found a beautiful little restaurant in the town and had a fab dinner filled with olives, bread and balsamic vinaigrette and wine… all the wine. Tuesday morning we woke up for a beautiful run along the lake and then hit up lunch in the Olds Town square. Angeleena introduced us to an Aperol spritzer which was amazing! Wednesday we woke up and headed back to Munich with a slight detour to hike up to a beautiful view of

Neuschwanstein Castle

 – which is what the Disney Castle is designed after. Simply Beautiful!

Castle

Castle in Munich

We headed back to Munich and on Thursday had a fabulous lunch at a well known Vegan Restaurant called Gratitude. I was so amazed by all the vegan options on my trip and Gratitude definitely did not disappoint! Friday was an amazing day and experience as my sister Angeleena surprised us with a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch Shania at Olympia park. Such a phenomenal night to witness as us girls grew up listening to her albums on repeat and would dress up to put on “concerts” for our family. She was definitely a huge influence on my music career!

 

I’m breaking this into two pieces because we still have to talk about more hockey, Oktoberfest and nudity … all the nudity so don’t miss out 😉Mandy Signature

September Makes Me Want to Sing!

 Saying the word September always makes me want to sing. I think its because “September” is in so many classic songs … “September saw a month of tears ..” – Tim McGraw by Taylor Swift “Wake me up when September ends” – Green Day and the classic “Strawberry Wine” by Deanna CarterI still remember when thirty was old. My biggest fear was September when he had to go”. And now just typing this out I realize how sad the references to September were but this past month has been amazing which I’m about to explain below.

Sept started out with an amazing trip up to Hamilton Ontario for CCMA week (Canadian Country Music Association and Awards). Headed up North with my friend miss Ajaye Jardine – in a 2019 Ford Mustang Convertible that Enterprise so generously upgraded us to! Our first stop was in Newark Ohio to play Barrel & Boar with our amazing friend Timothy Paul. Honestly never a dull moment playing there and we absolutely love all the new friends we’ve made up there.

Ajaye Jardine - Mandy McMillan
Ajaye and I

The next day we drove the rest of the way to Hamilton and the CCMA adventures began! I played three showcases over the week and met so many amazingly talented people who I now considered fab friends. It was so great to see familiar faces and create awesome memories with new peeps – Already counting down the time until next year!

It was amazing playing the three showcases because they were all different and special. The Thurs night showcase for the Alberta Country Music Association kicked everything off and it was great to see all my friends that I had spent time with in Red Deer Alberta for the awards back in January. Friday night I was honored to be a part of the Diamonds in the Rough showcase and be able to hear the amazing talent spread far and wide across Canada.

Mandy McMillan - Diamonds in the Rough
Diamonds in the Rough Showcase

I also took part in the Diamonds in the rough songwriters round where I showcased more of my songwriting side with tunes that I had written for other projects.

Mandy McMillan - Selfie
Selfie before the Awards gala

Mandy McMillan - Gala Awards night
Gala Awards Night!

Of course every showcase included “Chasin the Ace” which was my theme for the whole trip! (More about CTA below!)

Heading back to Nashville I had so much of a clearer vision of my music career and goals that I am now setting along the way to launch it past my wildest dreams! I played shows in Nashville at Ole Red, Margaritaville and the Cambria Hotel True Venue. Had some phenomenal writes and demoed a few new tunes. I also built a team around me to help launch and release CHASIN’ THE ACE ….

Mark your calendars! The moment we’ve all been patiently waiting for … OCTOBER 19TH 2018 “Chasin’ The Ace” will officially be released across all platforms!

I am so so so excited about this tune because I not only co-wrote it with my amazing friend Lynn Tessari but I also had the pleasure of Co-Producing it with my phenomenal producer Simon Gugala who produced my first album. You guys are going to be floored by the production here and we’ve had so many amazing compliments across the board on it already! Also… CTA made it into the top ten songwriting competition in Nashville and was reviewed by a major songwriter through Ole Publishing .. Not a bad start to this little tunes big future success 😉

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At the Ole After Party

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Thank you for following along and keeping up with my shenanigans!

Love ya

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August Adventures and more!

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a fabulous end to summer. So weird to say being that as it seems like just yesterday we were breaking out the bathing suits and soaking up the sun. Honestly tho… Fall is my favorite time of the year! It’s cooling off a little which means not so much humidity down here in Tennessee, we can drink our hot lattes and we get to finally wear our cute little denim jackets that we stored away. In Canada my family is dusting off the old snow shovels and preparing for the first sign of a snowflake … lol I’m kidding kidding.

August was a great month! A lot is going on and life is busy busy as always but I was able to sneak away to Alberta for a few weeks to relax and take some much needed time with my family which also included a family reunion that we hold every year called “Fram Jam”. James joined me for the last week of my stay and we got to visit with so many friends and family. Plus make a trip to Canmore Alberta for him to see the Rocky Mountains for the first time.

Mandy & James
James and I in the Rocky Mountains, Canmore Alberta

It was a little smoky due to the fires happening in British Columbia right now. My heart goes out to everyone affected by the fires right now on the west coast including California <3

I was also able to put on a very successful and rewarding Songwriting and Performing Workshop with my voice coach Laura Kaiser. It was so great to help up and coming songwriter and performers have a clearer vision to their dreams. And I love putting together the workshops because I learn so much about myself in the process.

Miss Ajaye Jardine and I are headed up for another fun adventure at the CCMA Week in Hamilton Ontario. On our way up we are stopping in to our fav Newark OH spot Barrel and Boar to sing some tunes and hang out with our friend Timothy Paul Sept 5th 7pm-10. Make sure to swing on by to celebrate with us and wish us luck!

Keep an eye out for my shows coming up in Sept at Ole Red, The Lookout (Ole Red Rooftop), Margaritaville and a Tuesday night slot at the Cambria Hotel “True” Venue

Mandy McMillan Ole Red
Playing at Ole Red (photo credit: Jeff Warfle)

I hope you guys have an amazing day and make sure to check out my new YouTube Cover Videos that will be out mid September

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Tim and I getting ready to record some cover videos

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July was Funnnnnn!

July was one amazing month! A lot of travel, new friends, new venues and a whole lot of new memories.

The month started out with my shows at Margaritaville back to back to back and then up to Minnesota with my buddy Zack Dyer for a few days to play a beautiful wedding for our friends Brian and Prentice. Zack and I were asked to sing the first three dances which was such an amazing opportunity. We also got to hang out with our good friend HISH who was the DJ that night. I have always loved playing weddings and being a part of such a special day. Plus I love to see how different people decorate, what special moments they have planned and of course DJ or band? I have been named the “Ultimate Wedding Crasher” a time or two ;

Wedding Singers
Zack, Me, and DJ HISH

Straight from Minnesota, I flew right into Calgary Alberta on July 8th to play a private party which kick started our Calgary Stampede weekend! Sunday Aug 8th my band and I played our very first showcase at the Stampede on the Coca Cola Stage. Such a highlight and it was so fun to see fans from all over Alberta who came out to support!

Calgary Stampede
Kury Billey, Me, Tyson Goodwin and Cody Yost

Back to Nashville after the Stampede and I headed out to Knoxville Tn to play a private party for some friends that we have made through shows in Nashville. Their place is right on the lake and we were able to enjoy a night of music, boating and some fireworks. Ended up being a slight “staycation” for James and I.

The last week of July James, Lucy and I drove up to Michigan to spend some time with his family. It was a great time with us staying at the lake, enjoying a few corn hole tournaments, going for longboard and bike rides and just genuinely enjoying life!

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James, Lucy and Me in Michigan

On our way back down to Nashville we stopped in Louisville KY for me to play a show at the Bourbon Hall downtown Louisville. We had an amazing time and it was fun to learn that Miss Shania Twain played this location back in the 90’s when she was on tour with Toby Keith!

All in all July was a fun filled month and August has already been on the go! Currently up in Alberta where I hosted an Inspirational Songwriting and Performing Workshop with my Voice Coach Laura Kaiser. It was such a success and we had so many enquire who couldn’t be there last night so we’re opening up our schedules to host another workshop next Wed Aug 22nd in Stony Plain. If you or anybody you know may be interested in this event make sure to reach out to either Laura or myself to book your spot!

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Trip to Jasper – Rocky Mountains. Photo by @BlondyPhotography

Thank you guys for keeping up with my music journey and being such great supports! If you don’t already make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram at @mandymcmillanmusic

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It was a whirlwind Spring!

I genuinely hope that everyone is having a great 2018! This is the year where a lot of hard work and determination starts to really pay off and let me tell ya… it’s a paying off!

The reason why I am just getting the Blog posts for the past few months out now is because I have had opportunities popping up all around me! Amazing places to travel to such as – New Orleans to play a private party with my friend Lindsay Lawler, Cabo San Lucas for my sisters wedding, my hometown of Stony Plain to play a few Sold Out shows which included playing a writers round with Nashville Number One songwriter Phillip White! Playing quite a few shows in Louisville Kentucky at Bearno’s Pizza and also adding Country Clubs and University Golf courses to my venue list

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Lindsay and I on our way to New Orleans

James and I at my sister’s wedding in Mexico

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Maek Times. Phillip White, and me!

I also had an amazing time this last week of June travelling up North to tour and play shows with my friend miss Ajaye Jardine! We were busy little bees with back to back shows for 7 days in a row which included Newark Ohio (with our friend Timothy Paul), Keene New Hampshire, Springfield Vermont, Richmond Maryland, Chestertown Maryland and to cap it all off we hit up Tin Roof in Louisville on our way back down to Nashville. No rest for the wicked haha

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Me and my Canadian girl Ajaye Jardine

It’s been an amazing few months and again all that self love has been the main reason on keeping me focused! A little yoga, meditation and journaling in the morning really makes a difference on setting the intentions and pace for the rest of the day.

I am also so excited to now have the mastered copy of Chasin’ the Ace in my hands! I have been working with my publicist on the exact way to launch my new single and we are aiming for a release date at the end of August so keep your eyes and ears peeled for that.

Also getting super excited that Zack Dyer and I will be heading up to Minneapolis the first week of July to sing at our friends Brian and Prentice’s wedding. I am the ultimate wedding crasher and love taking in all the decorations, music and all the little details J

Right from Minneapolis I will be travelling to Calgary Alberta to showcase at the Calgary Stampede on Sunday July 8th! Such an honor to be playing the Coca Cola stage. If you’re in the area make sure to stop by as we hit the stage at 1:30pm – https://www.calgarystampede.com/mandy-mcmillan

Thank you guys again so much for following along! You can also keep posted on all my updates via Facebook and Instagram at @MandyMcMillanMusic

Keep enjoying the summer sun (with sunscreen lol)

Love

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March Madness!

A busy and productive March leads to a fabulous spring time – You water those flowers and they will grow!

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before but I took a track class with my amazing producer Simon Gugala. Every Thursday night for 7 weeks I got to learn amazing skills in how to record and produce music ..Which I loved! Track class wrapped up on March 1stand I’m excited to say that Simon is producing my next project and I will be co-producing it with him.  Exciting times y'all!

My good friend (who also happens to be Canadian as well) Ajaye Jardine and I made a little tour up to Ohio to play a few shows. First stop was Newark OH with our buddy Timothy Paul. We had a fabulous time and the next day were off to Loveland OH for a House Concert series called “Live in Loveland” hosted by Al and Sue Kentrup. It was an amazing night full of fab music, lots of laughs and new friends and fans from the OH/ Northern Kentucky region!

Then it was back to Nashville the next morning with a quick stop in Bowling Green Kentucky for lunch and an amazing Reiki session… It was truly a fabulous trip and what a refreshing start back to Nashville!

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Me and my Canadian girl Ajaye Jardine

March was the beginning of releasing my new videos on YouTube! If you haven’t checked them out yet make sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel

www.youtube.com/mandymcmillan

We started off by releasing my upcoming single “Chasin The Ace” then a heartfelt song called “Haven’t We All Been” co-written with musical genius Christopher Roberts and topped it all off with a cover of Fleetwood Mac “Dreams”.

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Behind the scenes of the "Chasin' The Ace" Video shoot

Big thank you to Tim Pasley (guitar), Wesley Bourque (cajon), Zack Dyer (videographer) and James Walton (photographer). You guys all made it a fabulous experience and I’m so thankful for ya!

The last week of March I joined my friends Lucy Angel for their Jammie Jam which was a blast! The Lucy Angel family is the sweetest most inviting people I have met and I had an absolute blast hanging out with the girls and being in the middle of, what I call Heaven, because their harmonies sound like you’re floating on a cloud. If you weren’t able to catch it you can check out my Facebook page and scroll back on the videos to find it!

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Lucy Angel and Me in our Jammies!

A lot of other great moments happened in March such as writing with Adam Gregory and hanging out with my Porch Swing Entertainment friends at their Nashville showcase. I also started writing with the amazing Phillip White. Phillip has written songs for some of the top artists in Nashville including “I’m Moving On” Rascal Flatts, “I’m A Survivor” Reba McEntire and “Nobody But Me” Blake Shelton .. just to name a few! I feel so blessed to be able to work with one of Nashville’s best and I’m learning so much about the songwriting craft.

March also brought a lot of fun including my friend Michaela Clarkes bachelorette party and then wedding on March 31st. Michaela is a fellow Alberta girl living down in Nashville. Crazy thing… we grew up 30 mins down the road from each other but met in Nashville last fall during a trip to visit the St Judes hospital.

Thank you guys for being fans and interacting with me via blog newsletter and social media. I have a trip back home coming up which includes a show at Leducs station 93.1 The One in Nisku AB. Check out their website for details

www.931theone.ca

I hope you guys are having a fabulous April so far!

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Lovin’ February!

So many amazing opportunities came my way over the month especially with me leaning a little more towards self love and care. Its amazing what a little routine of self love can do for your heart and soul. I know we can be a little iffy when it comes to social media but its an amazing tool for connecting us all around the world. A chance to meet beautiful people that we would’ve never had the opportunity to run into otherwise. I have to give a shout out to miss Kate Mann on instagram at @kmannfit. We had been following and corresponding with each other for a few months and I finally reached out regarding her lifestyle coaching. Well it was an hour (and a half lol) of great conversation over FaceTime where we dove into certain blocks I had put up in my every day life. She then coached me through strategies on how to give more to myself which would in turn allow for more positive vibes to flow my way. You guys!! This conversation has altered the way I think about myself and let me just say that this has been the most powerful month of my life so far. A lot of highs and lows but I am finding out more about myself which is allowing me to move forward emotionally, musically and personally. You can expect the best music to be produced and written in the next little while!

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Focusing on self love and feeling invincible on my trail run over the Cumberland River

I had a great time putting on and hosting my Mandy Monday Mix & Mingle at the beautiful Nashville Music Loft downtown at the beginning of the month! Thank you to miss Lindsay Lawler for helping me put on such an amazing event 🙂

Lindsay Lawler, Me, & Rebecca Rae

 

 

 

 

 

So many great friends (new and old) joined us at the Mix & Mingle! Even Mr Adam Gregory, one of Canadas best, showed up and sang a few tunes.

I was like a kid in a candy store as he sang his hit “Horseshoes” and then treated us to his newest single “Dirt Road Therapy”.

I took a track class for producing music over the months of January and February! Had such an amazing time learning all about Logic Pro and it’s been a fun adventure now to record some demos of the music I’ve written. Definitely hoping to get good enough to be able to release some demos on my own over the next year or so!

I’ve been asked to play at a few new venues in and around Nashville including Alley Taps (Located in Printers Alley in Nashville) and booked to play a full band gig at a venue called True in the Cambria hotel on March 30th. Make sure to keep an eye out on my website and Facebook for my show schedule. I would love to see you guys at one of my shows in the near future!

Me with Adam Gregory

I am so excited to be releasing some videos for my Youtube channel! A few of my new originals and a cover from one of my all time favourite bands. Had a super fun time recording them and can’t wait to show you!! Make sure to subscribe to my youtube channel (www.youtube.com/mandymcmillan) to keep posted 🙂

I’m up in Ohio this weekend (March 9 & 10th) Playing shows with my friend Ajaye Jardine. We’ll be up in Newark on Fri March 9th with our buddy Timothy Paul at the Barrel & Boar from 7-9pm. And then off to Loveland Ohio on Sat March 10th for a house concert. If you’d like to join us at the house concert you can reach out to the host, Al, via email to reserve your spot at wakent@zoomtown.com

Thank you guys for hanging out with me on my Mandy Mondays and continuing to join me on this journey of mine 🙂 It would not be possible without your support!

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