Mandy Barnett

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Mandy Barnett
Background information
Born(1975-09-28) September 28, 1975 (age 36)
OriginCrossville, Tennessee, USA
Years active1995–present
LabelsCapitol, Asylum
Associated actsPatsy Cline, Kyle Lehning
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Mandy Barnett
Background information
Born(1975-09-28) September 28, 1975 (age 36)
OriginCrossville, Tennessee, USA
Years active1995–present
LabelsCapitol, Asylum
Associated actsPatsy Cline, Kyle Lehning

Amanda Carol "Mandy" Barnett (born September 28, 1975 in Crossville, Tennessee) is a country music singer and stage actress. In her musical career, she has released three albums and charted three singles on the Billboard country charts. Her highest-charting country single is "Now That's All Right With Me", which reached No. 43 in 1996. Barnett has also held the titular role in the musical Always… Patsy Cline, a musical based on the life of Patsy Cline.


Early life

Born Amanda Carol Barnett, she was the only child of Betty and Dan Barnett (who worked respectively as a bookkeeper and contractor). Barnett began her musical career by singing in church at the age of five. Her mother encouraged her by booking singing engagements wherever people would listen: bowling alleys, VFW halls and political rallies (notably for Lamar Alexander and future Vice President Al Gore, Jr.). When there was no venue, she would perform in parking lots. By age nine, her father financed a professionally recorded gospel music album. The following summer, she had joined a summer theatre cast at Dollywood and shared the stage with Dolly Parton herself. It was during her two years at Dollywood that she won a talent contest that included making a demo in Nashville.


During the trip to Nashville, Betty Barnett worked to get her daughter a spot on Ernest Tubb Record Shop's Midnite Jamboree radio show, which airs after the Grand Ole Opry program on WSM-AM. Opry star George Hamilton IV was also a guest on the program. She was soon signed by producer Jimmy Bowen. The then 12-year-old Barnett earned a lot of industry buzz after her debut on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, covering Patsy Cline's "Crazy."

Bowen's career transitioned from label to label at the time. Each time, he took Barnett with him, and despite constant training and development funding, no album ever resulted. Barnett graduated from high school in 1993 and headed back to Nashville full-time to seek her fortune, though Capitol Records dropped her that December.

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 were sold out nightly and received rave reviews across the country. Mandy, in role as Patsy appears on the Decca Records cast recording.

She soon signed with Asylum Records where she released her first CD entitled Mandy Barnett. The album received glowing reviews in major trade publications and magazines, including Playboy and Time, as well as praise from veteran country artists and fans.

In due course, Seymour Stein 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 I've Got A Right To Cry, would be his final contribution to the community who knew him through his work with Ernest Tubb, Brenda Lee, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline and Kitty Wells. Owen died 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.

"I've Got A Right To Cry" was a huge critical success. Rolling Stone magazine named the project 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 and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as a result of her acclaim.

In addition to her own CDs she has been featured on a variety of movie soundtracks, including A Walk On The Moon, Traveller, Space Cowboys, Election, and Drop Dead Gorgeous. She also sang on the SpongeBob SquarePants CD, The Best Day Ever, released in late 2006.

In 2009 she reprised her role as Patsy Cline in the smash musical Always...Patsy Cline for a special 15-year anniversary performance at the historic Ryman Auditorium, returning to the role in June 2010 for a brief run at the Ryman Auditorium. She continues to play shows, both nationally and internationally, singing country classics and the American song book along with the Cline numbers that brought her to fame. She is a frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry.



TitleDetailsPeak chart positions
US CountryUS HeatCAN Country
Mandy Barnett6028
I've Got a Right to Cry4547
The Platinum Collection
  • Release date: June 26, 2006
  • Label: WEA
Winter Wonderland4310
Sweet Dreams
  • Release date: May 24, 2011
  • Label: Opry Music


YearTitleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryCAN Country
1995"An Unforgettable Voice"Single only
1996"Now That's All Right with Me"4364Mandy Barnett
"A Simple I Love You"72
1999"I've Got a Right to Cry"I've Got a Right to Cry
"The Whispering Wind (Blows On By)"

Guest singles

YearSingleArtistUS CountryAlbum
1996"Hope"Various Artists57single only

Guest appearances

1997AFTRA First Tuesday Singers Showcase"When We Ran"
Traveller (soundtrack)"Dream Lover"
"Searching (For Someone Like You)"
"Dark Moon"
1999A Walk on the Moon (soundtrack)"Town Without Pity"
Election (soundtrack)"If You'll Be the Teacher"
Drop Dead Gorgeous (soundtrack)"Beautiful Dreamer"
All the Lonely (Songs by John Pennell)"No One Knows"
2000Space Cowboys (soundtrack)"I Only Have Eyes for You"
2001Good Rockin' Tonight (The Legacy of Sun Records)"You Win Again"
2002Caught in the Webb (A Tribute to Webb Pierce)"Slowly"
2007Crazy (soundtrack)"Walking After Midnight"
"I Fall to Pieces"

Recordings with other artists

1996Various ArtistsHope - Country Music's Quest For A Cure"Hope (All Star Version A)"
"Hope (All Star Version B)"
Background VocalsCassette Single
7" 45 RPM Vinyl Single
CD Single
1996Kenny ChesneyMe and You"Ain't That Love"Background VocalsCassette Tape
1997Kim RicheyBitter Sweet"I'm Alright"Background VocalsCassette Tape
1997Gail DaviesGreatest Hits"Unwed Fathers"Background VocalsCD
1998Don WalserDown at the Sky-Vue Drive-In"Are You Teasing Me?"
"Hearts Made Of Stone"
1998Various ArtistsThe Songs of Dwight Yoakam - Will Sing For Food"Near You"Kim Richey sings Lead
Mandy sings Background Vocals
2000Ray PricePrisoner of LoveVarious TracksBackground VocalsCD
2000Melvin Sloan and FriendsPick and Sing Opry Favorites"Waltz Across Texas"DuetCD
2001Gail Davies and FriendsLive and Unplugged at the Station Inn"Bucket To The South"Background VocalsCD
2001Rosie FloresSpeed of Sound"Rock-A-Bye Boogie"Background VocalsCD
2001Asleep At The WheelThe Very Best Of"The Letter (That Johnny Walker Read)"DuetCD
2001Jesse DaytonHey Nashvegas!"Hey Nashvegas!"
"Don't Take Yesterday"
Background VocalsCD
2002Various ArtistsDressed In Black - A Tribute To Johnny Cash"Jackson"Duet With Chuck MeadCD
2006SpongeBob SquarePantsThe Best Day EverVarious TracksBackground VocalsCD


Opry Family Reunion - Volume Four (VHS)
Country's Family Reunion at the Opry - Volume Four (DVD/VHS)
See Title
Opry Family Reunion - Volume Six (VHS)
Country's Family Reunion at the Ryman - Volume Two (DVD/VHS)
"Legend in My Time"See Title

Music videos

1996Now That's All Right with MeNorman Jean Roy
1997Planet of LoveDavid McClister
1999The Whispering Wind (Blows on By)[1]
2010This Time of the Year


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