Mandy Barnett

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Mandy Barnett
Background information
Born (1975-09-28) September 28, 1975 (age 40)
Origin Crossville, Tennessee, USA
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1995–present
Labels Capitol, Asylum
Associated acts Patsy 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 six 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[edit]

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.



Title Details Peak chart positions
US Country US Heat US Indie CAN Country
Mandy Barnett 60 28
I've Got a Right to Cry 45 47
The Platinum Collection
  • Release date: June 26, 2006
  • Label: WEA
Winter Wonderland 43 10
Sweet Dreams
  • Release date: May 24, 2011
  • Label: Opry Music
I Can't Stop Loving You:
The Songs of Don Gibson
  • Release date: November 11, 2013
  • Label: Cracker Barrel
32 4 29
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart
US Country CAN Country
1995 "An Unforgettable Voice" N/A
1996 "Now That's All Right with Me" 43 64 Mandy Barnett
"Maybe" 65 93
"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)"
2014 "Blue Blue Day" (featuring Alison Krauss) I Can't Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest singles[edit]

Year Single Artist Peak positions Album
US Country
1996 "Hope" Various Artists 57 single only

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Title Song
1997 AFTRA First Tuesday Singers Showcase "When We Ran"
Traveller (soundtrack) "Dream Lover"
"Searching (For Someone Like You)"
"Dark Moon"
1999 A Walk on the Moon (soundtrack) "A 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"
2000 Space Cowboys (soundtrack) "I Only Have Eyes for You"
2001 Good Rockin' Tonight (The Legacy of Sun Records) "You Win Again"
2002 Caught in the Webb (A Tribute to Webb Pierce) "Slowly"
2007 Crazy (soundtrack) "Walking After Midnight"
"I Fall to Pieces"

Recordings with other artists[edit]

Year Artist Title Song(s) Participation Format(s)
1996 Various Artists Hope - Country Music's Quest For A Cure "Hope (All Star Version A)"
"Hope (All Star Version B)"
Background Vocals Cassette Single
7" 45 RPM Vinyl Single
CD Single
1996 Kenny Chesney Me and You "Ain't That Love" Background Vocals Cassette Tape
1997 Kim Richey Bitter Sweet "I'm Alright" Background Vocals Cassette Tape
1997 Gail Davies Greatest Hits "Unwed Fathers" Background Vocals CD
1998 Don Walser Down at the Sky-Vue Drive-In "Are You Teasing Me?"
"Hearts Made Of Stone"
Duets CD
1998 Various Artists The Songs of Dwight Yoakam - Will Sing For Food "Near You" Kim Richey sings Lead
Mandy sings Background Vocals
2000 Ray Price Prisoner of Love Various Tracks Background Vocals CD
2000 Melvin Sloan and Friends Pick and Sing Opry Favorites "Waltz Across Texas" Duet CD
2001 Gail Davies and Friends Live and Unplugged at the Station Inn "Bucket To The South" Background Vocals CD
2001 Rosie Flores Speed of Sound "Rock-A-Bye Boogie" Background Vocals CD
2001 Asleep At The Wheel The Very Best Of "The Letter (That Johnny Walker Read)" Duet CD
2001 Jesse Dayton Hey Nashvegas! "Hey Nashvegas!"
"Don't Take Yesterday"
Background Vocals CD
2002 Various Artists Dressed In Black - A Tribute To Johnny Cash "Jackson" Duet With Chuck Mead CD
2006 SpongeBob SquarePants The Best Day Ever Various Tracks Background Vocals CD


Year Title Song(s) Format(s)
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[edit]

Year Video Director
1996 Now That's All Right with Me Norman Jean Roy
1997 Planet of Love David McClister
1999 The Whispering Wind (Blows on By)[2]
2010 This Time of the Year


  1. ^ Thompson, Gayle (October 29, 2013). "Mandy Barnett to Release Don Gibson Tribute Album Exclusively Through Cracker Barrel". The Boot. Retrieved November 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "CMT : Videos : Mandy Barnett : The Whispering Wind". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 

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