It has been 110 days since MWM began!!! Here’s what we’ve done so far:
-One Single: A Tisket A Tasket
-Two interviews: Elena and Eve, Maxine
-Three videos: How Far I’ll Go, It Don’t Mean a Thing, Wouldn’t it be Loverly
-Three collaborations with other artists: Natalie Inga, Heather Blush, Evan Rothery
-Nineteen Children Featured in concert
-Hundreds of audience members have enjoyed our show!
Every show has had incredible moments as well as incredibly challenging moments. The long hours of rehearsals preparing myself and the kids for the show have been draining at times but it is worth it when I see them after glowing with pride. The best moments are when I hear parents or grandparents singing along with music from their childhood while their child dances along beside them. Music with Mandy is the most rewarding performance experience I have ever had.
This journey started in late June, 2017 when I decided that I needed to shake things up and tackle a new challenge. Working with kids was the most fulfilling part of my life and I had really begun to miss performing. So, I decided to combine these passions then I mixed in some jazz and Music with Mandy was born!
The first month of working on the project was incredibly exciting and relatively easy. Everything seemed to fall into place and I was constantly buzzing with energy and I needed to find a way to focus it so I could actually get some work done. So I went out to Manitoba to see my mom. I spent a week writing, arranging and visiting family. It was a chance to recharge my batteries after a hard year of school and work. Plus, the drive helped me come up with many of the ideas that are now integral parts of my show.
I arrived back home to a schedule busy with rehearsals, photoshoots and setting the foundation of MWM before heading to Whitehorse to see the rest of my family. While I was gone I continued to work remotely; creating this website, doing up charts and practicing as much as I could. On August 9, I arrived back at home and things began to happen very quickly. August 10 had me in rehearsals, August 11 (my birthday) I launched the website and began promoting MWM, August 12 we recorded our first single A Tisket A Tasket and August 23 was our first show.
I am truly overwhelmed with the love and support that I have received in the past four months. It has been the wildest ride of my life and this is just the beginning. In 2018, I am going to record an album!! So I have started a crowd funding campaign through Indiegogo to make my dream a reality. Please consider contributing today. With a minimum donation of $15 you will receive an early download of the album!
I am so excited to share my music with you and your family!
Love, Mandy xo