After a sold-out performance in 2015, acclaimed singer and recording artist Mandy Barnett will return to the Fitton Center on Saturday, Feb. 17, for a Valentine’s Day weekend concert in the Fitton Family Theater. The performance is part of the Fitton Showstoppers series.
“It’s Valentine’s Day weekend, so it’s the Saturday after Valentine’s Day. It’s a great opportunity to grab the person you love, or who is special to you, and come out and enjoy a wonderful evening at the Fitton Center,” said Executive Director Ian MacKenzie-Thurley of the Fitton Center for Creative Arts.
Barnett, a Crossville, Tenn., native and a Grand Ole Opry regular, got her start as a teenager on a national level by starring as county music legend Patsy Cline in the show, “Always … Patsy Cline” at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.
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With countless sold-out shows, and rave reviews to her credit, Barnett continues perform many of Cline’s songs at her concerts, including songs like “Crazy,” “She’s Got You,” and “I Fall to Pieces,” among others.
“Obviously, she is the voice of Patsy Cline. When the show, ‘Always … Patsy Cline’ debuted, she was the very first. So, she has an incredible repertoire of songs, including romantic songs, classic country and pop standards. There will be a fantastic mix for that evening with her sweet lyric style. She is a wonderfully engaging performer,” MacKenzie-Thurley said.
Barnett has been singing since she was a child. Even early on, she sang at political rallies and worked at Dollywood. She signed her first record deal with MCA Records at the age of 12.
“I know she is looking forward to coming back to the Fitton Center again with the reception she received last time. We had a sold-out house and a standing ovation,” MacKenzie-Thurley said.
“We had guests from Columbus, Northern Kentucky and Indiana for the last show. We expect to see that again. We want to give our audiences something special, and she’s just the person for it,” he said.
WANT TO GO?
What: Mandy Barnett in concert
Where: Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton.
When: Saturday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25 for members; $30 for non-members.
More info: www.fittoncenter.org or call (513) 863-8873, ext. 110. Visit Mandy Barnett online at www.MandyBarnett.com
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