With 2017 coming to and end, I find myself incredibly grateful. No other year has left me so exhausted (I am sitting on the couch in my pyjamas as I write this) but I am proud of my accomplishments. I have performed as a pianist, learned how to play the ukulele, started school again and created Music with Mandy. My passion for performing has been reignited and I can’t wait to share my music with even more people in 2018.
2018 is going to be full of new challenges that I look forward to facing. I cannot wait to record my debut album On the Sunny Side of the Street in 2018. Thank you to everyone who contributed to my Indiegogo Campaign, gave me a cash donation or came to see my concert on December 23. We raised $5992 to go towards the album! This crowd funding campaign surprised me, I was filled with gratitude every time I received a contribution and often found myself overwhelmed with tears of happiness. It is my goal to make everyone who contributed to this project proud. I look forward to working with Paul Zacharias, Kodi Hutchinson, Ian Yule and Matt Morris in Rosebud.
None of this could have happened without the help of some very important individuals in my life:
Thank you to Matt Morris for always supporting my crazy dreams.
Thank you to Natalie Inga for being my sounding board and friend.
Thank you mom for designing my costumes.
Thank you dad for being a great sound guy and advisor.
Thank you Tom for being a constant support even though you are far away.
Thank you to Carrie and Robert at Chinook School of Music for your support, use of the studio and plethora of incredibly talented student to feature in my show.
Thank you Gabriella Gut for taking incredible photos of me!
Thank you Jess Knights for reminding me to make time to be creative.
Thank you Kate Schutz for suggesting that I record an album (even if I ignored the suggestion for 3 years).
Thank you to all my incredible friends who still like me even though the only thing I have spoken about for the last six months is MWM.
All the best to you and yours in 2018!
EDIT: If you are interested in contributing to the album but missed the Indiegogo, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org