Today’s Featured Artist – INTERVIEW – Mandi Mapes

Tell us about:

Your first single and how you felt when it was released: 

Surely Goodness was the first single I’ve released in a while. I felt scared, excited, proud and glad to be sharing music again.

Your favourite song that you have created that is an album track: 

Dream, the final track on my upcoming album, Levees is perhaps my favorite song on the album. For years I went through a season with serious writer’s block. For so long I had locked up most of my emotions. Writing Dream was the first time I got as honest as I could about how I was actually feeling and honestly doing. It’s a very vulnerable song for me and it’s truly my favorite. 

Your favourite song to play live:

I really love playing my new song, Daffodil Floors live. Especially when being accompanied by the cello. There’s a bridge instrumental where the strings take over and it feels like the song literally takes flight in the room.

The song that was the longest to write and why? 

Surely Goodness, my first single from my latest album, took a long time to write. Initially, when I started writing the song, I got stuck after a verse and chorus. I brought the song to my friend Vincent DiCarlo who graciously co-wrote the song with me. We met a handful of times writing and rewriting the lyrics until it felt right. It took a while, but I’m so glad we took the time to get it right because now it’s one of my favorite songs on the album and ended up being the first single release!

Your most emotional track: 

Home Sweet Home, on my upcoming album, is my most emotional song. The song explores the idea of being a bird and wondering what that would be like, but the true meaning of the song is about being a girl wondering what it would be like to grow up with a mother. 

The best lyric you have ever written:

 I love this lyric in Levees: “Maybe it was the hurricanes that blew through the city, that taught me in a moment people can lose everything. So forgive me if I’m guarded, if I’m slow to let you in. You see, I’ve lost more than a few things that I’ll never get back again.” The sadness and honesty of it just hits me everytime. Haha 

Describe the feeling you get when you walk on stage to do a show: 

I get really nervous before a show and when stepping on stage. The thrill of performing always hits me immediately after the show. A lot of my recent music touches on loss and sadness. I don’t know what this says about me, but I’m really glad when I see that people were moved to tears through my music. I’m just amazed at how music can help us get to our tears. Music can be very healing. 

The hardest track to play live: 

Again, Home Sweet Home. Not only is it an emotional song, it’s also mostly bar chords! Haha

Essential items you always take on tour with you? 

I recently did an acoustic house show tour and I would say my essential items would be finding a good cup of coffee, a good playlist and a good podcast/audio book before getting on the road.

Describe your fans in three words: 

My fans are loyal, kind and in touch with their feelings.  

A song by another artist or band you wish you had written:

Vincent by Don Mclean is such a beautiful song to me

What we can look forward to from your band this year:

 New music (brand new album, Levees) and a lot of shows!

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