NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 15, 2024)
As Women’s History Month unfolds, the digital release of Barbara Mandrell‘s Precious Memories: 20 Hymns & Gospel Classics offers a timely celebration of her enduring legacy as a female icon in the music world. This landmark release, in partnership with Gaither Music Group, marks the first time the album is available digitally, 35 years after its original debut.

Produced by country music hitmaker Tom Collins, the album Precious Memories: 20 Hymns & Gospel Classics returns Mandrell to her roots and showcases her profound renditions of gospel classics. The collection highlights Mandrell’s deep connection with gospel music and her exceptional artistry, featuring beloved standards such as “The Old Rugged Cross,” “In the Garden,” “Where Could I Go (But to the Lord)” and more.

Reflecting on the album, Mandrell shared, “When I recorded this album in 1989, I chose songs that I grew up listening to and singing, songs that I still cherish to this day. It’s an honor to think that 35 years later, this music will touch a new generation of fans. I’m thankful the folks at Gaither believe in this record as much today as I did back then.”

The digital release of Precious Memories: 20 Hymns & Gospel Classics is not only a testament to Mandrell’s enduring talent and commitment to gospel music but also highlights her role as a trailblazer in the country music industry. Her career, spanning over three decades, has been marked by versatility, from her beginnings as a prodigy on the steel guitar to becoming a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year. Mandrell has achieved an impressive 30 Top 10 hits and has been honored as a nine-time People’s Choice and seven-time American Music Award winner, showcasing her widespread acclaim and influence. She has had a string of No.1 hits, including “Sleeping Single in a Double Bed” and “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” and her career-spanning autobiography, Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story, was a New York Times best seller.

This release during Women’s History Month underscores the significance of Mandrell’s contributions as a female pioneer in the music industry, further cementing her status as a legend. Her music continues to inspire and resonate, offering a beautiful addition to her legendary career.

Precious Memories: 20 Hymns & Gospel Classics is available for streaming and download on all digital platforms and is featured on Gaither Radio on Pandora, Gaither Radio on Amazon, the Gaither Amazon storefront, Gaither Radio on Spotify, Apple Music’s Front Porch Country Gospel collections, the Gaither Music TV YouTube Channel (over 3 million subscribers), the Gaither Facebook page (over 2 million subscribers) and more.

The classic hymn “Peace in the Valley” has been featured on Amazon Music’s Highly Favored playlist; and songs from the recording are featured on Gaither’s Country Gospel Favorites playlist, Revival playlist, Songs of Prayer, Songs of Joy and more. Distributed by Capitol Christian Music Group and Universal Music, Precious Memories: 20 Hymns & Gospel Classics promises to captivate both long-time fans and new listeners, ensuring Mandrell’s music continues to inspire for generations to come.

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