“Chris Mann is a great talent with a voice that is one of the best I’ve come across in many years. He is a true rising star.” -Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds “Chris embodies all the great qualities that I love about great singers. His talents seem limitless and I hope we will continue to work together in the future.” –David Foster “There is nothing that Chris Mann cannot sing. From the smoothest notes to the hardest runs, he can do it effortlessly. One of my favorite male singers today. A producer’s dream to work with.” -Walter Afanasieff With a powerful voice and dynamic live performance, Chris Mann has emerged on the scene as an artist to watch. His blend of classically-trained tenor and contemporary pop vocals is a sound that is rare in the world of music today. Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Chris began playing the piano and performing at a young age. He realized music was more than a hobby when he discovered that singing was in his blood; an unearthed stack of old records he believed to be Frank Sinatra recordings were actually sung by his grandfather. This sparked a fire within him—while his friends were listening to rock and country, Chris immersed himself in Pavarotti, Robbie Williams and vintage Sinatra, forever influencing his style and persona. Chris has worked with A-list producers including Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (Whitney Houston), Walter Afanasieff (Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion), Greg Wells (Adele, Jamie Cullum), Mark Hammond (Josh Groban), and Keith Thomas (Charlotte Church, Vanessa Williams) with whom he recorded a duet with Heather Headley. He has toured with Grammy Award-winner India.Arie and Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel, has performed at high profile events including the Sundance Film Festival, the Academy Awards Young Hollywood Party, the American Film Institute Awards, the Bel-Air Film Festival, and is a six-time headliner at national “Mom Blog” conventions. Recently, Chris was featured in “David Foster and Friends” at special events in Los Angeles and Washington D.C, performing “The Prayer” with Katharine McPhee and David Foster. Chris’ voice has been featured in numerous films and television shows including Avatar, Glee 3D, Letters to Juliet, Tangled, Sex and the City 2, The Smurfs, 2012 and The Philanthropist, among others. At its inception, Fox’s hit show Glee called to feature Chris’ vocals on both the series and the accompanying soundtracks, which have sold millions of copies. Chris’ original music has been licensed in film and television programs including Drop Dead Diva, When in Romance, and Honey 2; Office Max also licensed his music for their national “back to school” television campaign. Additionally, Lifetime selected Chris’ song “Beautiful Life” as the television promo soundtrack for Coming Home, a reality series documenting soldiers as they return home from war. His talents run deeper than just music: Chris has acted on-screen as a member of the Dalton Academy Warblers on Fox’s Glee, has been featured on Howie Mandel’s Mobbed and has starred in numerous musicals on-stage. His credits as a writer and producer are growing as well. He is one half of the production team, Church+State, who recently produced the debut single “Sweet Vendetta” for Melody Thornton of The Pussycat Dolls. Chris Mann has built his global fan base by embracing social media platforms such as Twitter, and his humorous yet thoughtful weekly ‘MANNblogMonday’ at ChrisMannMusic.com is a fan favorite; these efforts, and more, build the Chris Mann brand and allow unrivaled accessibility to his fans. Chris has currently auditioned for season 2 of The Voice on NBC premiering February 5, 2012 after the Super Bowl. Contacts: Music: Susan Markheim, Susan.Markheim [at] Azoffmusic.com Acting: Abe Hoch, Abe [at] amgmtco.com Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.