Mandy McMillan Interview

Mandy McMillan Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International

Lamitschka: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

My current single “Dream Catcher” is being played on Canadian radio and I am so excited about this!

This
song means the world to me. It is so much more than just a song with a
good beat and dancing groove. I wrote and chose to release this song
because of the inspirational message to encourage listeners to go out
and catch their dreams as well 🙂

It
has been great to hear the positive feedback from people who are now
using this song as their anthem to lift them up and encourage them to
pursue their goals.

Lamitschka: How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

This past year has been the most transformational year of my life!

I have grown musically, personally and spiritually and am so grateful to be at this spot in my life.

Of
course, these major uplifts have come with some important life lessons
and it hasn’t been all rainbows and butterflies, but overall I am so
grateful for this year of experience.

Some
of the major highlights have been working on the “Dream Catcher”
release and coming up with the marketing ideas to get it out. I have
been able to travel to some amazing places such as Tucson, Arizona to
film my music video, a tour across the US last fall and a recent cross
country road trip from Nashville to see my family in Alberta, Canada.
Connecting with people from all over with this release has been a major
highlight!

Lamitschka: How much creative control do you have over your music?

I
have complete creative control over my music and I am incredibly
grateful for that! I love being a part of the creative portion from the
initial songwriting session to recording and co-producing tracks in the
studio to photo shoots, video shoots and putting together the fun ways
to release and connect with the audience.

Lamitschka: When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

There
is very little “time off” as an independent artist, due to the fact
that we are the creators, management team, co-producers, etc. But when
do have some downtime, I love to do yoga, meditation, read spiritual
books, hike, longboard and be near the ocean. I also have a chihuahua
named Lucy and in downtime, her and I love to go on adventures.

Lamitschka: What hopes and desires do you have?

My
hopes and desires come from having a sense of adventure and allowing
happiness and life lessons to flow through me. I want to be able to
create music and art that touches and inspires those around me and also
allows me to be the fullest version of myself. I want to do more
traveling and connect with many more people around the world!

Lamitschka: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Thankfully
I have the honor of hearing so many amazing stories of how people have
felt inspired and encouraged after hearing my music and my journey but a
really cool story that sticks out is from about two years ago.

I
was playing a showcase at a popular venue in Louisville, Kentucky and
we were to be playing original songs. In the middle of my set I kept
getting a feeling that I needed to play “Delta Dawn” by Tanya Tucker.

I
went with my intuition and played the cover song. After the show a girl
asked if she could come backstage and meet me and while we were
talking, she told me that “Delta Dawn” was the song that her dad always
sang to her and he had just passed away within the past couple weeks.

Her friend brought her to the show to get her out of the house and me playing that song meant the world to her.

I
genuinely believe that me playing the song wasn’t a coincidence and it
was amazing to be the chosen person to relay on a message that her dad
was thinking of her

Lamitschka: As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what’s your favorite activity?

I
love the recording and touring side of the music industry. There’s
something about being in the studio, playing with sounds and bringing
the song to life that is so exciting and magical to me!

I
also love touring because I genuinely love the feeling of being on
stage and the energy that flows over me to be able to connect with so
many music fans.

Lamitschka: What was your big break that got you into the music business?

This is a fun one!

Back
in 2008, I stumbled across a singing competition In Edmonton Alberta
where I’m originally from. When I got there, I realized it was for CMT
Canada and it was a karaoke competition called CMT Karaoke Star. I
picked a song from there list which I loved – “When You Say Nothing At
All” by Alison Krause and sang my heart out.

I
ended up winning in Edmonton and was flown to Toronto to film the
finale. The show was aired on TV across the country and I made so many
amazing friends within the industry – both artists and producers of the
show. That experience allowed me to apply for an entertainment visa in
the US and I then moved to Nashville to pursue music.

Lamitschka: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

I
have been told that going to a Mandy show is like going to a workout!
My fans love to dance and be inspired to move which is great because I
love to dance as well. I’m not very good at it, although I throw out a
mean robot move, but I love to encourage movement and I want everyone to
have a great time. I’m also all about emitting positive vibes so you
can be assured that you’ll leave feeling bright and powered up!

Lamitschka: Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

I do! I am so happy to say that I have my website that fully embodies me as a Dream Catching artist!

Definitely check it out atwww.mandymcmillan.com

Over
there we have photos from my magical photoshoot outside of Phoenix,
Arizona, links to where you can find me on social media, my fun blog
series where you can discover my “30 Days of Dream Catchers” and so much
more!

Photographer Credit- Bethany Loates

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