Connie Smith and Mandy Barnett (Photo: Chris Hollo)
Mandy Barnett never had any monster radio hits or mammoth records. She never took statuettes home with her on the night of the awards ceremony. That was just never the direction or the goal of her career. But over the last quarter of a century, the time she has been involved in the service of country music – and the Grand Ole Opry in particular, both as a solo artist and as a collaborator – has been very long and broke out on Tuesday evening November 28th. September, paid off.
When she turned 46, it was an invitation for Mandy to become the next member of the Grand Ole Opry.
"You have felt like family since we met, and on this special day of yours, we are honored to invite you to become an official member of the Grand Ole Opry," read Connie Smith.
It's the newest longtime Opry performer whose fees and tenure have resulted in a formal induction. In fact, Mandy Barnett has made over 500 appearances in the Grand Ole Opry since her debut in 1994. Yes, 500. She is one of numerous performers who showed only loyalty and devotion to the Opry in the era of executive producer Dan Rogers is finally being recognized for her tenure.
"Night after night, year after year, we are amazed by Mandy's great achievements," says Dan Rogers. “She loves the Opry and the Opry loves her again. It's a great game now and it will be for many years to come. "
In addition to half a thousand Opry appearances, Mandy Barnett also appeared around 500 times over a period of 20 years as part of the theater production Always … Patsy Cline, which also opened in 1994 in the Ryman Auditorium. If you want to know that Mandy Barnett just received one of the most elite invites in country music, that's why – longevity and loyalty.
Mandy Barnett has also been a sought-after contributor and backing singer on a variety of projects throughout her career. She is very popular and valued in the industry and in the artist class. In May, she released her latest album, Every Star Above, which pays homage to Billie Holidays Lady in Satin.