Hey Mandy! Thank you for chatting with Battered and Brewed. We are loving your new single “Chasin’ The Ace” that came out recently. What is the story behind this song?
Thank you so much! I wrote this song with my friend Lynn Tessari actually the first time we met. We were set up on a blind writing date. We wrote the song just with the idea of “fun” and “sassy” on our minds playing off of the deck of cards. It turned into a deeper meaning for me last year right around New Years when I realized that “Chasin The Ace” for me meant no ifs, ands or buts. I am chasing the goal and chasing my dream. This past year I’ve been chasing my ace and it’s been the best year of my life!
Tell us about your Canadian background. What made you want to move to Nashville to purse a music career?
I’m originally from just west of Edmonton Alberta. Grew up on an acreage surrounded by lots of land and lakes. I spent a lot of time outdoors and being that we weren’t close to town, my mom put us in piano lessons which then lead to voice lessons. I’ve always loved singing and music since I was a little girl and the lessons allowed me to blossom. I would spend lots of time singing outside and writing songs. I was always inspired to move south to explore my music and after a mother daughter trip to Nashville, there was no turning back.
Who are your top three favorite artists that you are listening to today?
Maren Morris, Kelleigh Bannen and forever John Mellencamp.
Who would you love to do a musical collaboration with?
Paul McCartney…more about my reason why below. 😉
What else can fans expect from you in the near future?
I’m working on a new single and planning out the next EP. I’m really excited about the next round of music I have coming up!
Now onto the food questions…
When did you decide to go Vegan? What does being Vegan mean to you?
I went vegan almost five years ago. I was back and forth vegetarian for all my life and I was never a big fan of dairy and eggs so it feels like my soul was meant to be vegan. It started out as a three month challenge for myself which then turned into a lifetime purpose. Vegan to me means making conscious decisions everyday to not inflict pain or suffering on any beings. I love animals and feel a deep connection to their feelings so it just makes sense for me not to eat or wear them. Plus, there are so many amazing veggie recipes out there that would blow your mind!
Do you have any favorite Vegan recipes that you can share with us?
My sisters amazing Vegan Mushroom soup. Angeleena is a certified Holistic Nutritionist and tests out her vegan recipes on me. I do not complain! She just started up an inspirational Instagram that I am obsessed with called @thebalancedbutton where you can find her recipes.
Vegan Mushroom Soup
2 cups chopped button mushrooms
½ cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
2 bell peppers chopped
Sauté 1 tbs coconut oil
Once veggies are soft add 4 cups of veggie stock
1 cup quinoa
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp parsley
1 can coconut milk
1 tbs lemon juice
Simmer until quinoa is fully cooked (about 15mins)
Salt & Pepper to taste
Where is your favorite place to eat out?
There are so many amazing vegan options in Nashville but The Wild Cow holds a special place in my heart for being the first Vegetarian restaurant I ever experienced.
Name three things that are always in your refrigerator.
Celery, peanut butter and raisins. You can make a mean “Ants on a Log.” Whenever I’m heading out on the road I need those three items and I’m set!
Finally, if you could have a drink and a meal with one person, dead or alive, who would it be and what would you have?
Right now it would be Paul McCartney because I’m manifesting playing a show with him, so I could get him tipsy and convince him to let me sing with him. Also, he’s Vegan, so I’m sure he knows all the best veggie restaurants out there!