Mandy Ringdal is a singer/songwriter from Hawarden, Saskatchewan, Canada. She always felt the need to make and sing music, but circumstances and life in general led her down several different paths before she found her way back to music approximately two years ago. She wrote her first song at 13 years of age about her trusty pair of Wrangler Jeans, and followed this with many poems and other literary works. She used writing as a creative outlet for her thoughts and feelings, and often found that in difficult times it was writing that helped get her through.
For several years she focused on getting an education as a biologist and nurse until a life changing diagnosis sent her on a different path. She moved back to the country after years of feeling unsettled in the city. It was during this time that she taught herself to play guitar and dove into song writing. She felt like she had found her calling and the songs began to pour out. Not long after this, she began to sing for whoever would listen and has been performing as often as possible since then.
Mandy began recording her first album in March of 2012. Titled Somethin’ ‘Bout a Song, it contains 10 of her original songs. It was completed in June 2013. She recorded a second album in April 2013. Titled A Glimpse, the album contains three original songs and was completed in June of 2013 as well.
In the spring of 2013 she competed in the CKRM Big Country Talent Show and made the top 10. She followed this with a performance at Casino Regina, and appeared at the 2013 Craven Country Jamboree in July on the main stage.
On August 21st, 2013 she had her first live radio interview with Colin Lovequist at 620 CKRM in Regina, Saskatchewan. Following this, CKRM added her single “Alive at 25” to their rotation, and it has been receiving airplay since.
She had her second interview on Regina’s public radio station, 91.3, in September and was a guest on their show, Pickin’ it Country.
Mandy attended the 2013 CCMA Country Music Week in Edmonton as a delegate. She took in numerous seminars, songwriter’s cafes, performances, and receptions. Highlights of the week included seminars from Tom Jackson, who has worked with Taylor Swift as a performance coach, taking in the incredible talent of Canadian songwriters during the 3 songwriter’s cafes, watching Carolyn Dawn Johnson and Ian Tyson perform during the song writing showcase, “The Great Guitar Pull,” and taking in the numerous performances by talented Canadian artists.
Mandy’s debut album A Glimpse is now available on iTunes.