Born Amanda Carol Barnett, she was the only child of Betty and Dan Barnett (who worked respectively as a bookkeeper and contractor). Barnett began her musical career by singing in church at the age of five. Her mother encouraged her by booking singing engagements wherever people would listen: bowling alleys, VFW halls and political rallies (notably for Lamar Alexander and future Vice President Al Gore, Jr.). When there was no venue, she would perform in parking lots. By age nine, her father financed a professionally recorded gospel music album. The following summer, she had joined a summer theatre cast at Dollywood and shared the stage with Dolly Parton herself. It was during her two years at Dollywood that she won a talent contest that included making a demo in Nashville.tt!"
Don Gibson would be proud!. With the help of Allison Krause doing background vocals .. and Charlie McKoy on harmonica ... this tune will Become a tune that you will hum all day! ANOTHER stunning version of "I'd Be A Legend In My Time" will bring you two tears .. In a good way .. Mandy takes EACH tune in this CD and makes it here own.A Difficult task with tunes we've heard for years!. EVEN with the Familiar ones like "I Can not Stop Loving You" and "Oh Lonesome Me" you feel like you are hearing them for the first time! .. Also she has chosen several tunes that Don Gibson wrote that were unfamiliar to me .. making this one of the BEST country music CD's this year.