Mandi Crimmins is an unchained artist screaming her truth with her hyper-confessional music. Born in the Boston area, Mandi attended Berklee College of Music, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Songwriting. She studied songwriting with top songwriters like Grammy award-winning artist Paula Cole, who become more like a mentor and friend. In 2019, Mandi was nominated in the New England Music Awards for “Pop Act of the Year” as well as a competitor in RADIO.COM’s “The Opening Act” to perform at the Hollywood Bowl. She has performed numerous shows, including Battle of the Bands in Boston, Paula Cole’s Songwriter Showcase at Berklee, and opening for country artist Randy Houser. Mandi is set to perform at the well-known Rockwood Music Hall this September 29th. Mandi's main goal has always been clear: to save people with music, just as much as music saved her in dark times.
Mandi’s single “Lying to Myself” is off her upcoming new EP set for release on October 25th. The second single off that EP is “Ashes”, which is out now! Mandi creatively balances delicately soulful songwriting with contemporary sound design on this heartfelt and emotionally loaded new single. “Ashes” draws you in with those intimate and expressive, honest sounding vocals, then later evolves to seal the deal with far more of an uplifting experience. Mandi is admirably open and vulnerable in her lyrical outpourings. A certain level of intention and artistic relevance stands tall throughout “Ashes” presenting an easily relatable and likable song that seeks to connect and calm the deeper thinkers out there. Mandi Crimmins undoubtedly leaves a mark on her listeners through her powerful vocals, raw and honest delivery, and stunning music.
Check out Mandi’s brand new single “Ashes” here and read more with Mandi in our interview below!
Hey Mandi! Congratulations on the release of “Ashes”! What does this song represent for you?
Thank you! I’m thrilled this song is finally out. This song represents the end of a really low point in my life. There was this moment when I looked at myself, what I was doing and who I had became, and realized I had lost almost every part of who I use to be. That’s when this song poured out of me.
What do you hope your listeners take away from your music?
I hope they realize that we all break. That it’s not about how you broke or what broke you, but about how you put the pieces back together. How you rise from your ashes.
What are the main values you hope to represent as an artist?
I hope to represent honesty and transparency. Someone that is relatable. There are too many people who have a platform of influence, and use it to promote a false sense of reality. What we’re lacking in our music industry right now is honesty. Real songs about real life.
Do you write from a love for music first or a desire to express something meaningful in a manner that will more likely be heard by many?
Music is my first love. It‘s always saved me, even before I started writing. But when I write it’s from this insatiable need to express a feeling or whatever is inside my head. It brings me so much clarity and growth, and I hope that it brings my listeners the same.
What can you tell us about your much-anticipated EP coming this fall!? We can’t wait to hear more!
Ahhhh I’m so excited for this EP to finally come out!!!! It finally has a title too - Metanoia. I stumbled across this word and literally fell in love. It means “the journey of changing ones mind, heart, self, or way of life” This EP is like lifting the lid of a grand piano to see inside and figure out how the instrument actually works. Each song is a truth that has been ignored and covered up, but is now being seen for all it is. Metanoia takes listeners on a journey of facing their fears, their harsh-realities, and their pain so that they may come out at the end a changed and better person for it.
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