Of her most recent music recording project, “Torch of Blue”, Nate Guidry of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said she is a “…charismatic artist with a clear sense of musical purpose.” From WQED, Phillip Harris had this to say about the voice of Phat Man Dee; “Expressive and passionate, Phat Man Dee‘s sensual voice pulls you in and takes you away to where the words no longer matter and you float along on pure emotion.”
Mandee appeared with Foxy Moxy’s Cabaret Risque, The Boiler Bar Stage,The Madagascar Institute of Brooklyn, NY, Candye Kane, the Goddess Perlman’s Nice Jewish Girls Gone Bad, the Fat Bottomed Girls Burlesque Review, Chicken John’s Circus Ridiculous, Wolgemut, Jazz Mandolin Project, the Bindlestiff Family Roadshow, The Bull Seal! Collective, SEEMEN, the Flaming Lotus Girls and Heavy Pedal Cyclecide and with a multitude of other national artists in a multitude of venues.
Young Mandee was born in 1975 to a schoolteacher and a railroad man in Youngstown, OH. She studied music, classical cello and voice, theatre and dance all through childhood and into her brief college career at Allegheny College in Meadeville, PA. She left college to join the circus as Mistah Sistah Phat Man Dee, a half-man half-woman vaudeville act singing love songs to herself, eating glass, tap dancing, and playing cello while traveling with several variety acts cross country.
She recently celebrated her wedding anniversary with Tommy Amoeba, her husband of 5 years. They were wed on a pink elephant in Pittsburgh’s historic South Side on July 11, 2002.