An exquisite singer who reveres the depth of Nashville’s music history, Mandy Barnett has finally made the album her audience has been waiting for. Produced by Fred Mollin, A Nashville Songbook offers the impressive vocalist the opportunity to interpret the legends of Music City.
Selections range from familiar favorites like “A Fool Such as I,” to overshadowed gems, such as Francis Craig’s “Near You,” the first No. 1 hit out of Nashville. And if anybody’s going to slay the big notes in Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now or Never” or Roy Orbison’s “It’s Over,” it’s going to be Mandy Barnett.
Enjoy her video for Kris Kristofferson’s classic come-on, “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” then read our interview with Barnett below the player.
What do you remember most about the shoot for this video?
This was my first venture into the outside world during the pandemic. We did the video carefully and socially distanced. The director, Erika Rock, and very small crew (two friends and my manager!) wore masks the entire time. It was strange, but we also knew this would be the way we’d all be working for a while.
How does the video bring your song to life?
It captures the yearning and the loneliness of the song. The video completely matches the tone of my recording and the lyrics — poignant, pensive, and a bit ethereal.
What message do you hope your fans take away from the video?
That I love a great lyric and melody and always try to make videos that enhance the feeling of the song. It’s such an amazing Kris Kristofferson classic. Like so many renowned ballads written by the iconic songwriters, there’s a depth to the lyrics complemented by a memorable and expressive melody.
How did it feel to see the finished product for the first time?
I was thrilled to see the outcome. I felt it truly conveyed the vocal interpretation, the heart of the song, and the vibe of the recording.
Songwriter: Kris Kristofferson; Director: Erika Rock