Dear Creatives, I am happy to share with you the news of a debut album from the talented Chris Mann. Maybe some of you remember him from his appearances on the Voice he was the 4th runner up but, honestly placement on the show doesn’t determine his success & that is shown from his debut of this album “Roads”.
He is such a talented singer & musician. (see bottom of post for album review) I would love to encourage you to listen to & support Chris Mann’s musical talents. Chris Mann is someone who has been & is following his dreams! Let me share a little more about Chris Mann so you can get acquainted or more acquainted with him.
What a difference a year makes. Now Mann is signed to Faircraft/Universal Republic, a new label formed by renowned producer/music executive Ron Fair. He’s also releasing his major label debut, Roads, a bold re-imagining of the classical-pop genre. The aptly-titled album represents the culmination of a long and challenging journey for this gifted and dedicated young artist, who’d been pushing forward against what had appeared to be overwhelming odds.
Pushing forward against what had appeared to be overwhelming odds. After studying opera at Vanderbilt in Nashville, the Wichita, Kansas, native Chris Mann had spent years singing in clubs and auditioning for record labels without a nibble, until three years ago, when one classical label took a chance on him. Mann was working on what would have been his debut album when he was abruptly dropped, the victim of a wholesale regime change at the company. Devastated, he started working behind the scenes as a session singer on Glee, and occasionally getting on camera as a member of the fictional vocal group the Warblers.
He was making a decent living, and for a while he managed to convince himself that it was what he should be doing with his career. With Mann’s determination & intuition he strode onto the sound-stage at Sony Studios to perform Andrea Bocelli’s “Because We Believe” for his Voice audition and was selected to be on Christina Aguilera’s team. This has led him to the signing at Faircraft/Universal Republic & to the new release of “Roads.
Roads boasts a wildly eclectic assortment of songs, ranging from Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” to “Ave Maria” and Damien Rice’s “The Blowers’ Daughter,” with the latter featuring a special guest appearance from Aguilera. About “The Blower’s Daughter” and singing with Chris, Aguilera says, “It’s a beautiful song and I really respect the way he’s expressing himself on the album. Everything from his tone, to his richness, to his soulfulness comes through loud and clear.” Mann co-wrote two songs, “Cuore,” based on Bach’s “Air on a G String,” and the contemporary ballad “Falling.” A widescreen take on Coldplay’s anthem “Viva La Vida”—which sounds like it was written expressly for Mann to sing—provides the album with an ecstatic climax.
My review of Chris Mann’s “Roads” ; His singing style is amazing as he brings his vocal talents to tell a story with each song! I can tell you he is going to make any “standard”- song new & touch your heart with his voice & the musical instrumentals. The album release will be Oct. 3oth.
Want to find out more? You can visit his site below: (spoiler alert: you can visit his website from home page & go to news & hear him talk on his MANNChat from Ustream & listen to him (recorded) live, listen to a clip from “Roads” along with other clips & more)