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The Dailey Dose: Family Inspires Kentucky Country and Rock Queen to Get Back to Music

mandy reichart 300LEXINGTON, Ky. (9/27/13)—Since she was little, Mandy Reichert had a love for music. Growing up she would sing and perform at weddings and special events until she took a long break from performing. Not for any reason other than life happening, Reichert didn’t get to perform as much as she wanted to. Reichert’s grandmother was her biggest influence when it came to being a musical artist and helped pay for her music lessons and encouraged her to perform at a higher level. When her grandmother passed away two years ago, Reichert decided to get back into music and performing because she knew that’s what her grandmother would want her to do.

“For the first time in two years I sang publicly at her funeral,” said Reichert. “I then decided to start performing in public more often, ended up forming a band and auditioned for Renfro Valley.”

Renfro Valley, known as “Kentucky’s Country Music Capital,” has classic country, southern gospel and mountain bluegrass performers play live every March through December. It is a huge Kentucky tradition.

“After being selected as a performer I was really excited,” said Reichert. “It is the second longest continuous running show of its kind, second to Grand Ole Opry.”

She has started making long and short-term goals for her musical future as part of the Mandy Reichert Band.

“I am currently working on my first studio album. As an artist I want to produce my own music and start doing less covers,” she said. “I want to put my music out there and do more spotlight shows and eventually tour regionally.”

At Renfro Valley Reichert does more country-based music but on her own she likes to do a little bit more rock.

“Right now I am performing all over central Kentucky, but the plan is to start expanding regionally,” she said.

Reichert will be the main stage act at the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival on Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. To listen to some of her original music visit her website.

Bonnie Dailey
SurfKY News

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