What is your name?
My artist name is Mandy Moon.
What is your genre of music?
I would say my genre is soul but can cross over into R&B, Pop, and Funk. I try to stay pretty genre fluid, but my sound is very distinct.
Give us a little bio about you.
Sure. I’m not always great writing about myself, but I’ll share a bio that hits it spot on:
Mandy Moon is a nashville-based Soul/Indie artist. Having the ability to cross-over into genres such soul, jazz, R&B, pop, funk, and even her indie side, allowing her to step outside the confines of what soul music is. For fans of H.E.R, Yuna, Lake Street Dive, Allen Stone, and Jacob Collier, Mandy creates music that is soulful, driven, authentic, and emotional to help understand and process the many spectrums of the human experience. No subject is off the table to write or sing about. She gives fans the ability to connect to their own storyline when listening, but also to immerse in her world.
What made you go into music?
I’ve always had music in my life, but I’ve been singing since I was about 5 with my dad’s records and also cassette tapes of Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Celine Dion. I was obsessed with larger than life voices and loved karaoke as a kid. I had a choir teacher when I was about 8 who really encouraged me and my individual voice and to pursue music further. I always participated in singing at fairs, choirs, and showcases whenever I could. I picked up the guitar at about 15 and that’s when I started song-writing to express myself. I didn’t think it could be a career until close to about 20 when I decided to go to college for music.
You released your new single ‘Lighthouse (stripped)’, tell us more about the single.
Lighthouse (stripped) explores the human experience of unconditional love and loss from her perspective with just the swooning and romanticised effects of a jazz electric guitar and vocals.
‘Lighthouse’ pays homage to my grandma, Denise, who passed away in April 2019. I loved and adored her as you probably can imagine. Grandma’s are special people and I believe they deserve parades, songs, and every form of celebration. She was a French watercolour painter who loved painting Lighthouses. The single cover is a painting of one of her Lighthouses.
It was really important to share this song as a stripped version. It was a huge part of my personal healing and finally putting it out into the world. I hope the song touches anyone who is or has dealt with grief, depression, and/or loss of a loved one.
Describe the track in two words.
Bold and Emotional
What was the writing and recording process like?
Honestly, It was very organic and easy-going. We did the vocals in 3 takes straight through and did the electric guitar the same day. The atmospheric element in the background is one of my favourite elements in the song. I really wanted the single release of this song to be minimal and speak for itself.
Who did you work with on the single?
I co-write this song and also worked with Jonathan Doerk, my guitarist, who also owns Tempus Studio here in Nashville, Tennessee. Very talented musician and engineer.
Will we see a music video for ‘Lighthouse, if so what can we expect from it?
I believe we will have a lyric video, sure. It’ll be out 2 weeks or less from the release date of 8/26.
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, what can we expect from it?
Absolutely. I am working on releasing singles and planning to release my upcoming album sometime Spring 2023! You will hear a full band version on the record.
What else can we expect in 2022?
I have another single dropped full band sometime in October and gigs scheduled for the remainder of the year. My next show is September 28th at Springwater here in Nashville, TN! More info is on my Instagram link in my bio.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
In 5 years? I hope to continue making music, touring, continuing to make albums and hopefully grace bigger stages with my band. I just want to keep growing and expanding the work I do and have it sustainable as a long-term career whether independent, signed, or run by management. A booking agent hopefully will come into my life to take the edge off as well! I think that’s coming way before 5 years. I’m extremely hopeful.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“You don’t have to explain to anyone why you do the things you do”
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My 100i encore dynamic mic, my guitar (acoustic or electric), my favourite guitar picks, water bottle, and set list.
Do you have social media accounts so your fans can follow you?
Absolutely. You can follow me on all platforms @mandymoonmusic !
Thank you for supporting independent artists, Gemma!