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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Selfie before the Awards gala
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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.

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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

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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 ;

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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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Hello New Year!

I hope everyone is fabulous and enjoying the fresh beginning of 2018!

My year has already started off in the fast lane as I have been
playing new writers rounds, lots of shows in Tennessee and
Kentucky, my parents visiting Nashville and had the honor of
attending the Alberta Country Music Awards in Red Deer Canada while also squeezing in a quick trip to the beautiful Mountains in Banff.

I am so grateful for all these opportunities and what being in the fast lane has taught me is learning how to slow down and pull over to the slow lane now and then to give myself some self love and peace in order to be able to fully give to my creative side and music. I’m telling ya, catching on to this new balance is only going to mean great things for this year!

My parents visited Nashville for a week in January and it was so awesome for them to see the new apartment and add a little decor here and there. No matter how old you get, mama will always add a homey touch.  We took them to Pinewood Social here in Nashville for dinner which was a great experience! If you haven’t been yet make sure to add it on to your to do list for your next trip… They’ve got a beautiful bar in the middle of the room where they make specialty cocktails, a barista style coffee shop in one of the corners, bocce ball in the back yard, a pool and indoor bowling lanes. It just equals a great time!

I was in Alberta for less than 24hrs when I jumped on stage at
Shotz Lounge in Spruce Grove on Jan 26th for an all ages SOLD OUT show with my fab guitar player Cody Yost! Thank you to everyone who made it out. It was so great to see the kiddos singing and dancing along!

Cody and I at the show

Now the ACMAs were AWESOME! It was my first trip up for the awards weekend and I am so thankful I went. Met a lot of amazing talent up in that neck of the woods and made lasting friendships. I also had the honor of getting to jump up on stage with my friend Lynn Tessari to sing our song “Chasing the Ace” during the songwriting showcase.

Lynn and I at the ACMAs

The next day I got dressed up in my brand new black pant suit, strapped on my sparkly pumps and had a blast at the awards gala.

After networking and hanging out with everyone in Red Deer it
was off on to another #adventuresofmemily roadtrip to Calgary where I got to take in an awesome class at my besties new fitness studio Crush Camp.

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Emily and I after Crush Camp session

I am so proud of Emily and all the hard work she put in to her dream facility! I encourage everyone in the Calgary area to stop by and try out her state of the art workout. I felt so recharged after the hour!

We also decided to take a quick trip out to the beautiful Lake
Louise in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We skated on the frozen lake, had a hot coffee and admired the beautiful mountains

Snow Bunnies!

(they were a little clouded over at Lake Louise but beautiful when we drove through Canmore so I’ll attach some of those photos as well)

I’m really looking forward to February and keeping you guys
posted on all these adventures as they unfold
Keep smiling!

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The New Year in a Nutshell:

2017…. where do I start?

The past year was filled with its fair shares of ups and downs. And just to be a little deep for one minute, I always find that when the New Year comes around people are so ready to get the previous year over and done with and mention all the negatives that happened and then magically the new year is upon us and people are so anxious as if “this is the year that everything will work out”. It’s kind of like in December we get this chance to look back and tally up all the goals that didn’t happen and the wacky stuff that went on just to wish better hope for the next 365 days.

Now I am not typing this to sound like a negative Nancy so here’s my take on it: There are going to be great times, there are going to be hard times … there are 365 days to open our eyes and go at those goals again. Don’t look back and feel like you need to forget a whole year or just “be done with it”. Instead embrace all that those 12 months taught you. Realize that you are 365 days stronger, wiser, tougher than you were on Jan 1st 2017. Be thankful for the highs but be very thankful for the lows. Life doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger 🙂

Now that that’s off my chest lol (And I feel like I needed to type that for my own sake as well) I am so excited for this next chapter of my life and music. I have set up new goals I would love to accomplish, new venues I’d love to play, more people I would love to work with and around. A lot of inspirational people and events are happening around me and I’m happy to be learning and growing. This means brand new music and a brand new EP! I can’t wait for you guys to hear what I’ve been working on… I’m finally zoning in on who Mandy is and what direction I want to go for music. I am also allowing space for myself to grow and not be afraid to take crazy chances (almost as crazy as dying my hair pink this time last year lol)

December was a chill month although having Nashville lean on the side of ghost town  always makes me anxious to start working again. Time to reboot, recharge and revamp 😉

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The Goose in front of our tree

I would love your feedback either via email or on my Facebook page as to what you’d like to see in future blog posts and such. Videos, life stories, music adventures, recipes .. you name it!

Also James and I put our Christmas money together and bought a professional camera to start on a photography journey and also have higher quality of videos so keep an eye out for that adventure! If you have any tips and tidbits on the photography world please send them my way 🙂

Keep posted on Mandy Mondays!

Love y’all

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Where has the time gone!?

November was here and gone in the blink of an eye! So many memories made, new friendships have blossomed and I am feeling more bright eyed and bushy tailed than I ever have about the direction of my music 🙂

I waited a little longer to write this blog post because I wanted to be able to recap my trip to Alberta and tell you all about the amazing showcase at Moonshiners on Dec 2nd!

First things … It was a packed house with a Sold Out crowd! This just melts my heart, all the hometown support has been amazing these past few years and you guys just proved it again last Saturday. Thank you to everyone who came out!!

Thank you to my amazing band: Tyson Goodvin, Cody Yost, and as a last minute switch up we had Chad Melchart on the drums … a 4 time Canadian Country Music Award Drummer of the Year! It was such an honour to play with these phenomenal musicians and I am so looking forward to next year’s gigs.

Thank you to my voice coach Laura Kaiser for helping with scanning tickets at the door and being so much more to me as a best friend and support system 🙂

Thank you to my two cousins Jeff and Alex for being the best bodyguards a girl could ask for.. No joke these boys promised me when we were little that they would be my bodyguards for life and they quite appropriately have grown in to 6’3″ young men so they fit the bill just right haha

Thank you Lynn Tessari for helping me write “Chasing the Ace” … Such great things to come out of this tune! I can feel it already 😉

Thank you Lindsay Lawler for taking me under your wing and mentoring me in this crazy career! You have brightened up this past year for me and made me a better performer and singer which I definitely brought to the stage at Moonshiners that night!

Big Thank You to one of my best friends and support systems down in Nashville Mr Tim Reynolds who put together the show on Eventbrite, managed my social media marketing, and all around has kept me on the straight and narrow for the past few years lol

Mom, Dad, Angeleena & Karli, Mike, Carmen and Scoot.. Thank you for your never ending love and support! Thank you for dancing all night and showing everyone a fab time!

Thank you to my boyfriend James for being an amazing support system and helping me stay focused and sane these past few months while we planned and prepared for the show haha thank you for being amazing and taking time out of your busy schedule to fly up to Canada with me and be by my side all through the ride! We also got to take in a little snowboarding while back home in Alberta and I’m pleased to say that James kept up quite well 😉 haha

James and I snowboarding

November was also filled with adventure which came in a form of attending the CMA’s at Bridgestone arena on Nov 8th. What an amazing show to see behind the scenes and watch the performers up close and personal!

CMA Awards 2017

Really looking forward to what December has in store and taking in our new apartment just mins away from downtown Nashville! Loving it so far and so thankful we found a place so close! Just putting a little Feng Shui in the apartment as we decorate – so that’s always fun!

I hope everyone has an amazing start to your holiday season and we’ll see you in a few weeks with the December blog!

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