Mandy Bo on Success In The Music Industry

BETM PROJECTS: Interview With Mandy Bo | Country Singer, Actress, Model & Marketer

Special Correspondent: Thad Rodrigues

If you've ever wondered what it takes to succeed in music, then read on. If that question has never popped in your head, then you'd be surprised at what you can learn from Mandy Bo. Mandy Bo is a successful new singer and songwriter. She thinks like an entrepreneur, and that's what makes her stand out from other new musicians.

So who is Mandy Bo?

Mandy Bo is a Canadian singer who created her own genre of country music called ‘bass country’, a mix of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) and country music. Mandy is also an author, actress and screenplay writer. Mandy was born in the projects of Windsor, Ontario, born into a life of hard-luck and poverty. Despite Mandy’s rough start in life she has managed to walk the path towards success.

2013: Mandy released her self-produced music video "Lullaby", which was featured in multiple countries and gained her global recognition on radio and satellite radio stations around the world.

2014: In 2014 Mandy launched a successful Kickstarter campaign which caught the attention of award-winning producer and founder of Zedd Records, Mark Zubek; who's worked with Betty Carter (Grammy award winning artist), Theresa Sokyrka (Canadian Idol finalist) and Hilary Weaver (award-winning pop rock singer).   

2016: Mandy released her first country EP, “Making Herstory” which included the single “I Promise” which placed in the finals of both The Great American Song Contest and International Songdoor Songwriting Competition, solidifying her as one of Canada's strongest new singer songwriters.

Mandy’s been featured on Canadian and USA television shows, radio stations and podcasts (The Moose, TSN, CFRA, The Spirit of the Country, Country 105 Film, and Least Dangerous Podcast). She's also worked with producers like Denzil Remedios who's worked with singers like Claude Kelly, The Jackie Boyz, Soulja Boy, T Pain, and Red Cafe.


How did you make yourself stand out from the crowd of up and coming singers?

I never thought of it as trying to differentiate myself, I just stayed true to myself and what I wanted to hear. It has made it very hard for the industry to place me as they would all like for me to fit neatly into a little genre box of music, but I have refused to conform. I think in the long run this has been more beneficial than making what other people think I should to fit in.

What adversity you did you face when you were starting out and how did you overcome these challenges?

Finances has been my number one struggle. I have always had the work ethic and drive, but sometimes making money can be difficult while following a passion. I understood that though I needed to make money to fund my career, like one needs to gain capital to invest in a I regarded my other jobs as a source for developing capital for my music career.  If you won't invest in yourself, how can you expect others too?  In fact, all the other jobs have helped me grow as a person and become very helpful in my career since I have learned a multitude of skills that I otherwise would not have.

What inspired you to become a singer?

I was born wanting to be a singer...nothing influenced me or pushed me; I always just knew in my soul.

Who are two key people who have inspired you and what did you learn from them?

Lucille Ball: I am inspired by Lucille Ball. Lucille did it all; she was funny and lovable but also very smart as a writer and as a successful business woman. She didn't play into these roles of the day and defined her success for herself. I love anyone who is fearless. I once had a mentor who advised me to list 20 people I admired and why. The number one trait that was a recurring theme among the list of people was fearlessness.

Compassionate people: I also admire anyone who's willing to go out of their way to show compassion for others. Sometimes that could just be someone offering a seat to someone on the subway who is about to fall over from a long day’s work or a hot coffee to someone in need. I think these people are true leaders and they remind me to never forget where I came from and to always be humble and kind.

When you first started promoting your songs and brand, what did you have to do to get your brand to what it is today?

The number one thing that helped me, is to make friends with everyone who I came across and treat them with respect, this is especially true on social media. People often forget that on the other end of a phone or computer there is another human being and that you should treat your social friends, just as you would with anyone in person. Making genuine connections with everyone who greets me online has made the biggest impact on my success. Imagine if someone said hello to you at the office and you simply walked right past them, how offended would they be? So I try to treat everyone as I would like to be treated both online and in person.

What books would you recommend reading?

Dale Carnegie "How to Make Friends and Influence People"

Tony Robbins "Money"

Books written by Eckhart Tolle.


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