Mandi Rae


Born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised everywhere else, Mandi Rae grew up in a military family and embraced the challenges that a travelling childhood provided, as evidenced in her songwriting, her personality, and her ability to relate to just about anyone.

Mandi Rae’s musical influences began with southern gospel from her mother and classic rock such as Pink Floyd and Three Dog Night from her father. But her current musical influences include a mix of roots, bluegrass, and americana music. However, as with all true romantics, she is open to all good music. She describes her songs as ‘folk rock’ or ‘americana,’ while someone once said that she, ‘&sounds like she is just singing what she’s thinking, like she’s having a conversation with you.’

She abandoned piano lessons when she was a little girl because, as she puts it, ‘My parents pushed me pretty hard as all parents do when they think their children have talent, but being so young I developed a distaste for performing in front of anyone.’ But the seed had been sown and she couldnt stay away from what she loved the most. Later on she taught herself to play the guitar, then banjo, and that’s when she says that her songwriting really took off. Starting with an open mic night at The Moonlight Music CafĂ©, she quickly became a popular fixture in Birmingham, has opened for her musical heroes, The Avett Brothers, and has recorded 3 albums to date. Now residing in Denver, Co she is quickly becoming a recognized songwriter. As she tours across country you are likely to find her in a number of different venues: theatres, bars, small coffee shops and festivals.

With a guitar, banjo, and harmonica delivering her music with powerful simplicity. Her lyrics are peppered with a wry wit and ‘seen it all’ wisdom that belies her age of 26 and they ride on relentless strumming, like the rhythm of a train that is starving for more track.

No longer having any aversion to performing live, Mandi has a no-holds-barred energy and endearing comments between songs that make her an engaging, fun musician and effervescent performer. See her live and you will not leave ‘Unaffected.’