Mandy Gawley’s voice is a beautiful paradox: strong and emotive, yet sweet and intoxicating. Her music is at once entertaining and uplifting and her career, which started out like a trolley car tour through a small town is now more like a high-speed train picking up hoards of passengers at every stop.
In the span of two short years, the Georgia-born, southern bred Mandy has become a well-known fixture on the southeast music scene, with her debut CD “Life So Sweet” being heralded as a classic offering of tender, life-changing songs born out of Mandy’s own bittersweet life experiences.
The poignant, uplifting “Let It Go” has become not only Mandy’s signature song but an anthem of sorts for fans laden with pain, remorse and fear. “I’ve been overwhelmed by the response to this song,” she says. “Since it was released it seems to have resonated with listeners in a very personal way.” Mandy says she has received hundreds of messages from people, raving about how the song has touched their lives. “Each message touches my heart,” she says, “and it just humbles me to know that something that I wrote and sing from my soul is touching others so deeply.”
The video for “Let It Go” premiered in 2011 with strong support from national networks gmc, GAC and TCN as well as closed circuit and internet outlets such as AOL Music, Clear Channel, Yallwire, Sony Bravia and AmericanMusicChannel. com. The video, which boasts some 30,000 views on YouTube, was directed by Atlanta-based director Mil Cannon and was nominated for a 2012 Georgia Music Awards Xfinity On Demand Audience Award for Music Video of the Year. The song was also featured in gmc’s first original movie, “Trinity Goodheart,” starring Eric Benet.
Says Mandy, “No matter who you are or where you’re from, young and old, we all have something that we need to let go of; something that holds us back from living a full and happy life. Letting go can sometimes be the hardest thing to do, but realizing that we have the power to choose how to let a situation affect us can be life-changing. That’s why this song resonates with so many of those who have heard it and that’s why I’ve worked so hard to get it to as many people as possible in hopes that even more will be uplifted by its message.”
Since the release of “Life So Sweet,” Mandy has enjoyed an array of accomplishments: she was a 2012 Georgia Country Female Artist of the Year Finalist; a 2013 Georgia Music Award Country Female nominee and was featured on Atlanta’s WUBL 94.9 The Bull’s “Backyard Country,” The Donna Show and CBS Better Mornings Atlanta; she played sold-out crowds at the 30A songwriters festival in Seaside, FL, sold out her first headline show at Eddies’ Attic in Atlanta, and appeared in a commercial for the gmc network. Radio stations across the southeast continue to play songs from her debut CD and she makes a point of lending her time, energy and talent to worthwhile causes to benefit others, among them Cool Girls and SERV International.
Mandy is currently gearing up for the release of her video for “Little Things,” a song that she says encourages listeners not to sweat the small stuff. It’s a message that is perfectly in line with the thematic overtone of all of Mandy’s music: overcoming obstacles and finding balance to enjoy a life well lived.
Having grown up listening to the likes of Crystal Gayle, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Whitney Houston, Mandy was inspired to make music that would appeal to a broad array of music lovers. “It’s a little bit of country, a little bit of pop and a whole lot of heart,” says Mandy with a matter-of-factness peppered with southern charm. Making the album, she says, marked the beginning of the fulfillment of her childhood dream. “All I remember ever wanting to be when I grew up was a performer, singing for audiences anytime, anywhere. And now, I find great joy in being able to do just that—creating music and performing for people who are touched by what I have to say.”
Proud of her accomplishments but quick to share the spotlight with her ‘dream team,’ Mandy never fails to acknowledge those who lent their creative energies to “Life So Sweet,” among them Steve Thomason (Due South) and Michael Gleason (Pressure Point) who teamed up to co-produce the album and participated on songwriting, arranging, guitars, and background vocals. Also on Team Mandy is renowned vocal coach and producer “Mama” Jan Smith (Jan Smith Studios) who not only ensured that Mandy’s voice always rose to the occasion when it was time to track vocals, but is currently co-writing on her upcoming single.
Together, Mandy and her creative team have compiled a masterful and unforgettable collection of snapshots from one woman’s life; an offering that imparts lessons about living, dying, loving, moving on and letting go. As she continues to follow her dreams, with the support of her husband, family, and many friends, Mandy Gawley is, indeed, living a life full of wisdom, love, and lots of wonderful things big and little. She is indeed living a life so sweet.