"Right up there in Lucinda Williams territory" - No Depression
"Kicks butt with her pen." - Austin Chronicle
"Rowden tells it like it is over a wiry brand of alt-country, singing in a low-key, sleepily sensual voice that calls to mind Kim Richey or Lucinda Williams." - Charleston City Paper
Mandy Rowden is an Austin, Tx-based singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and the creator of Girl Guitar, a women’s guitar school and rock camp that is celebrating its 16th Anniversary in 2023. Mandy played classical violin and piano through college, where she began writing songs and has since worked and toured playing guitar, bass, keys, drums, fiddle, mandolin, and harmonica. Besides teaching and touring, Mandy is the resident musician at Lucky Star Art Camp and a contributing songwriter for Songs For The Soul. Her first full-length studio album ‘These Bad Habits’ (2015) featured Grammy winner Lloyd Maines (Dixie Chicks) and Grammy nominee Redd Volkaert (Merle Haggard) and was voted #2 Album of the Year in the Austin Chronicle Music Poll; since then she has placed in the Top Ten as Musician of the Year as well as Songwriter, Female Vocalist, Album, and Song of the Year. In March of 2018 Mandy released 'When That Day Comes' on Howlin' Dog Records and was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, and Album of the Year in Nashville's Josie Music Awards. Her fourth studio album, 'Parachute', was released in March of 2021 to critical acclaim.
*Songwriter - Dripping Spring Songwriters Festival, 2021
*Nominee - Entertainer of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (When That Day Comes), Josie Music Awards 2018
*Finalist, Great American Song Contest 2017 for 'Big Moon'
*Austin Chronicle Music Poll Top Ten, 2017
-Musician of the Year
-Songwriter of the Year
-Female Vocalist of the Year
-Album of the Year (1,000 Miles)
-Song of the Year (Let Me In)
*2016 Regional Performer - Kerrville Folk Festival
*2016 Songwriter Serenade Semi-Finalist
*#2 Album of the Year (These Bad Habits) - Austin Chronicle Music Poll, 2016