A singer since the age of five, Mandy Barnett is a world-class vocalist whose style is deeply rooted in the crooning of the all-time great singers. The Crossville, Tennessee native first garnered national attention as a teenager, earning rave reviews for her portrayal of the legendary Patsy Cline in the theatrical production Always…Patsy Cline at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium, and appearing in this title role on the original cast album. Barnett has since built on that stage success considerably, carving out a prolific recording career with multiple critically acclaimed albums and showcasing her one-of-a-kind vocal talent on stages across the country and around the globe.
Barnett has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS Sunday Morning, PBS’s Sessions at West 54th, and numerous other television programs throughout her career. Additionally, she has been a featured artist on a host of movie and television series soundtracks (such as A Walk On the Moon, Traveller, Space Cowboys, Election, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Crazy) and even sang on the SpongeBob SquarePants album, sharing the spotlight with the likes of Brian Wilson, Tommy Ramone, and others. Most recently, Barnett’s rendition of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was prominently showcased in Political Animals, the USA Network television series starring Sigourney Weaver and Ellen Burstyn, and Barnett’s rendition of Jingle Bell Rock appeared in The CW Network’s television series The Flash.
Barnett has been called “a torch singer in the grandest sense of the word” by the Chicago Tribune, while the Los Angeles Times has lauded her “pipes of steel” and “big” voice. USA Today called Barnett one of the “finest classic country and torch singers” to come out of Nashville.
Barnett comes to the YSO on the heels of a two-concert run with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.