Mandy McMillan is catching her dream to share with others.
The Stony Plain musician will headline the next Summer Sessions show Wednesday. She is coming off of the recent release of her new song “Dream Catcher” and is working on a new album centered on personal fulfillment.
“The concept is about doing what you want to do,” she said. “It will hopefully inspire people to own what they want and have a good time.”
McMillan grew up in the area and moved to Nashville in 2013 to build her career. She has always had an interest in music and her earliest public performances involved singing at the Wabamun rodeo when she was eight or nine. Her first EP came out in 2014, and her first single, “Chasin’ the Ace,” received international recognition in Europe and Australia in 2018.
McMillan says these projects were great for her career. In comparison to her upcoming work, they are smaller. Her untitled as of yet album is looking to include eight or nine songs, while her EP only had five of her compositions.
“This will be my first quote, unquote full-length album,” McMillan said.
Her show will include work from the unreleased piece. It will be a broken down set with an acoustic vibe and long-time guitar player and Stony Plain native Cody Yost will join her. McMillan says the material represents her growth as an artist and those who come out to listen will enjoy the songs.
“I have had people say they get a good workout because they love to dance at my shows,” she said. “I am excited to put the material out to local fans.”
Though she is often on the road, McMillan has not forgotten her hometown. Stony Plain photographer Bethany Loates was used to take her newest publicity stills and former Memorial Composite High School teacher Jim Letts helped her design a new line of merchandise.
McMillan intends to carry on and make the town of Stony Plain proud.
“I am out and touring and all my ducks are finally getting in a row,” McMillan said. “I won’t back down and that song from Tom Petty has really been my theme song for the year.”
Mandy McMillan and Andrea Nixon perform at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Stony Plain at Shikaoi Park. Performances are free and are held rain or shine.