Residing in Nashville, the town nicknamed 'Music City', a town rife with history and music culture, Lydia Manuel continues to hone her craft, writing, creating and performing alongside her musical heroes.
"My father was an avid music lover and was usually humming, albeit off-key. He had an extensive record collection that he listened 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 musical soundtracks from South Pacific, Oklahoma, and Camelot. "My Mom's sister, Annette was a huge fan of country music; in particular Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, and Conway Twitty. My family was working class, and no one was encouraged to be creative. Therefore, music gave us a way to unwind, relax and enjoy the creative efforts of others." 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 lifelong passion for music, and began songwriting in earnest.
Manuel has performed at numerous world-famous venues, including Douglas Corner Cafe, Historic Roberts Hall, The Commodore Grille, and the legendary Bluebird Cafe, and is also one of a select few songwriters chosen by Emmy nominated director Stacey K. Black, to be filmed for the award-winning documentary "Send My Mail to Nashville". There are plans in the works to record an Americana album in the Winter of 2017, for release in Summer/Fall 2018.
In addition to creating and performing music, Lydia enjoys numerous hobbies, which include photography, bird watching, reading, refinishing vintage furniture, and introverting, and prefers spending a majority of her time in nature, exploring with her best buddy, Oreo the Wonder Dog.