Born in New York and raised in the South, as a Buddhist in the Tennessee Bible Belt, Mandara grew up facing much religious persecution. These events soon became the inspiration and foundation for her music. By age 16 she had already dedicated most of her young life to encouraging people through her voice. Mandara was invited by Pepsi two years in a row to sing at Freedom Hall with audiences numbering over 100,000 people, the first and second World Peace Concert at the Beck Black Heritage Center, the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C., as well as singing for the Hungarian Parliament to name a few.
Wherever Mandara sings people tell her how she touches their inner lives and inspires them. Since she was 10 when a room full of rockers pounded the air with their fists for her, at age 14 after her performance at the National Cherry Blossom Festival a Chinese family ran over to say how much she affected them, or when just one Rolling Thunder member cried on her shoulder Mandara has known what it feels like to provoke courage and create a bridge to their own future victories for those who listen.
Mandara is the granddaughter of Imre Kovacs, Hungarian Freedom Fighter, revolutionary, esteemed author, and Senior Editor of Radio Free Europe, who had established a democracy in Hungary, was threatened with execution by the authorities who felt his books provoked human rights, and escaped to America. He would have become Prime Minister of his nation if he had lived. “My grandfather has always been a strong symbol for me and I carry his legacy close to heart,” says Mandara.
Mandara is unique in rock music because she writes and performs songs that speak out for the protection of our civil liberties, overcoming the intolerance of our times, and strive to provoke in her audience the strength to overcome all personal obstacles. Every song she writes comes from her own experiences in life. "Because what I write about are situations and obstacles that I went through personally and overcame, I want to be able through example to say to people you can get through this, there is a way out, you have the power to win over this!" Her music and its intent has been described in various newspaper and magazine feature articles, online reviews, a television feature, and Associated Press coverage. Each song she releases makes it to the top of independent music charts, two of which went to #1. Mandara states, “I have had fans from America and different countries throughout the world such as France, Israel, Germany, Iran, Indonesia, Pakistan, Australia, Norway, England, North Africa, and India contact me saying my music has impacted them greatly. One individual stated that one of my songs saved his life. This has thrilled me and sustains my determination.”
"Hope is universal. My goal is to encourage the people of the world no matter what race or religion they are that from this moment on there can be a new beginning."