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Residing in Nashville, the town nicknamed 'Music City', a city rife with history and music culture, Lydia Manuel continues to hone her craft, writing, creating and performing along side her musical heroes. Manuel has performed at numerous world famous venues, including Douglas Corner Cafe, Historic Roberts Hall, The Commodore Grille, and the legendary Bluebird Cafe. She is also one of a select few songwriters chosen by Emmy nominated director Stacey K. Black, to be filmed for the documentary about Nashville songwriters, titled "Send My Mail to Nashville".
"My father was an avid music lover, and was usually humming, albeit off key. He had an extensive record collection that he enjoyed listening to, and thereby exposed us (Manuel and her siblings), to everything from Roger Miller, Kris Kristofferson, Tom T. Hall, Fats Domino and Nat King Cole, to World Music, and the soundtrack from Camelot. "My Mom's sister, was a big fan of country music; Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Conway Twitty. However, in my family, music wasn't something you did, it was simply something to listen to, a way to relax. We were working class folks, not artists." So, despite the siren's call at a very young age, it was not until Manuel moved to Nashville in January 2000, that she embraced her deep passion for music.
In addition to creating and performing music, Lydia enjoys numerous hobbies, which include photography, bird watching, reading, and refinishing thrift store furniture. Despite being gregarious, she identifies as an introvert, and prefers spending a majority of her time out of doors, exploring the world with her friend, Oreo the Wonder Dog.
At this time, there are plans in the works to record an Americana album in late 2015, for release early Spring 2016.