Hailing from Texas, Mando Saenz has become one of the most notable songwriters in
country music and is establishing a sound uniquely his own. There’s no question as to why he
has over 50 cuts from some of today’s biggest artists — including Lee Ann Womack, Jack
Ingram, Stoney LaRue, Frankie Ballard, Aubrie Sellers, “Bad Boy” from Miranda Lambert’s 2016
album, The Weight of These Wings, and “Brand New Star” from The Oak Ridge Boys’ latest
record, 17th Avenue Revival, produced by Dave Cobb. In addition to songwriting, Saenz has
associate produced two albums with award-winning producer Frank Liddell (Stoney LaRue’s
2011 Velvet and 2014 Aviator), and released three of his own.
After quitting his job at Whole Foods, Saenz quickly became a staple of the Houston
music scene. He was discovered by Liddell and became one of the founding artists publishing
company and record label, Carnival Music. He released his debut album, Watertown, in 2015,
followed by Bucket (2008), and his most recent release, Studebaker (2013), which was named
one of Chron’s “50 Great Texas Singer-Songwriter Albums”.
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