Sept. 29, 2020



Mandy Barnett and Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Mark Ezell
Photo Credit: TN Dept. of Tourist Development

CROSSVILLE, TN – The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development honored Crossville native and powerhouse vocalist Mandy Barnett with the unveiling of a “Tennessee Music Pathways” marker at the historic downtown square in her hometown Monday afternoon. Local leaders and Barnett’s family were on hand to mark the special commemoration on Barnett’s birthday. She even blew out the candles on her birthday cake with a handheld fan, followed by an intimate performance at the Palace Theatre. The celebration was an emotional and full-circle journey for Barnett, who started performing at 5-years-old and opened the Cumberland County Fair each year.

“I’m forever grateful to Crossville for the love, cultivation, and support I received all those many years ago and continue to receive,” said Barnett. “I’m a proud Crossvillian and Tennessean. To be honored with a Tennessee Music Pathways marker in my hometown is absolutely thrilling.”

A frequent guest on the Grand Ole Opry, Barnett has been called “a song’s best friend” and she demonstrates why with her recently released A Nashville Songbook, a multi-genre, multi-generational celebration of songs that helped solidify Nashville’s reputation as “Music City.” Barnett brings her trademark emotional depth and interpretive skills to 13 country and pop gems from the poignant Skeeter Davis cut “The End of the World,” to the Kris Kristofferson-penned “Help Me Make It Through The Night,” and the soaring Elvis Presley international smash “It’s Now Or Never.”

At the age of 12, following a performance on WSM’s venerated “Midnite Jamboree,” Barnett’s mother secured the rising star a recording deal with Capitol Records and for four years, Barnett commuted between Crossville and Nashville to record and perform, eventually moving to Music City when she was 17. A year later, she made her debut as Patsy Cline in the the stage production of “Always…Patsy Cline” at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. She went on to build a reputation for her commanding voice and unwavering devotion to classic country, R&B, and popular standards. Barnett has released critically-acclaimed albums, appeared on countless television shows, graced the most esteemed music halls in the U.S. and toured internationally in Ireland, Japan, Sweden, and Switzerland. Barnett is a passionate advocate for music she loves around the globe.

The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development launched the Tennessee Music Pathways in 2018. The statewide program features hundreds of landmarks and attractions connecting fans to the people, places and seven genres of music that make Tennessee the “Soundtrack of America,” including: blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll. Places tell the stories of musical pioneers and legends from the smallest communities to the largest cities. Historians identified more than 300 points of interest so far, with additional markers to be installed for years to come. Join the conversation on social using #TNmusicpathways.

Jill Kilgore, Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development
jill.kilgore@tn.govor 615-927-1320
Wendy Pearl, Wendy Pearl PR (for Mandy Barnett) or (615) 969-5126

About the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development
Tennessee is the home of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll-delivering an unparalleled experience of beauty, history and family adventure, infused with music that creates a vacation that is “The Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.” In 2019, Tennessee’s tourism industry generated $23.27 billion in economic impact, more than $1.92 billion in state and local tax revenue and 195,000 tourism-related jobs. Explore more at and join other Tennessee travelers by following “tnvacation” on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube or “Tennessee” on Snapchat.