“It’s a little bit of country, a little bit of pop and a whole lot of heart,” says Mandy Gawley of her debut album entitled, Life So Sweet.
Gawley, a wife to one and mother of two, is finally living the dream of singing her own life story with songs about the little things that make life worth living. Born in Georgia, but having grown up mostly in southern California, Mandy’s storytelling often takes you down a dirt road to her Gramma’s house with the sweet smell of country cooking in the air.
Having experienced the death of her father when she was only fifteen, Mandy knows the bitterness of loss and the impact of family. As she writes her songs now about being a wife and mother, she encourages others to be optimistic and never give up on their dreams. “All I remember ever wanting to be when I grew up was a performer, singing for audiences anytime, anywhere. And now, being all grown up, I find great comfort in being able to do just that—sing my songs for people who really want to listen to what I have to say. And to encourage others who might’ve given up on their dreams.”
In this case, Mandy’s dreams have been brought to life by an A-team of professionals who, not only appreciate the little things, but believe in doing them big. Producers Steve Thomason (Due South) and Michael Gleason (Pressure Point) teamed up to co-produce the album start to finish, participating as well on songwriting, arranging, guitars, and background vocals. Both producers in their own rights, Thomason and Gleason found common ground in bringing their personal best to Gawley’s album, lending what each could offer for the good of the final product. All the while, Mandy was honing her vocal chops under the tutelage of nationally renowned vocal coach and producer Jan Smith (Jan Smith Studios), insuring that her voice would rise to the occasion when the time came to track vocals.
The culmination of this labor of love has resulted in a poignant and beautiful collection of snapshots from one woman’s life and those lessons learned along the way—living, dying, letting go, moving on, and loving. As she continues to follow her dream with the support of her husband, family, and many friends, Mandy Gawley is, indeed, living a life so sweet.