- Arts Center Presents Chris Mann in Concert
On Thursday, September 19, the Arts Center at Iowa Western will host Chris Mann, live in concert. The second performance of the 2013-2014 National Performance Series, Chris Mann is scheduled to take to the Arts Center’s main stage at 8:00 p.m.
A Wichita, Kansas native, Chris Mann is a classically trained singer-songwriter who spent years singing in clubs and auditioning for record albums until he got his big break on the NBC TV show, “The Voice.” First gaining national attention with his audition rendition of Andrea Bocelli’s “Because We Believe,” Chris Mann’s popularity grew through his selection as a competition finalist. Since then, his star has continued to rise with the release of his debut album, “Roads” which introduced a whole new generation to the classical-pop genre and shot straight to No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and Top 5 on Billboard’s Classical Chart.
Upon the release of his first album, Chris has made numerous exciting television appearances including “The Today Show,” the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” NBC’s “Christmas in Rockefeller Center Special” and a special performance for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama as part of TNT’s “Christmas In Washington” special. Mann also released a holiday EP, “Home For Christmas,” which was sold exclusively at Walmart and hit No. 1 on the chain’s Best-Selling Albums List.
Chris Mann kicked off 2013 with a performance on “Conan” and his very own PBS Special helmed by award-winning producer Ken Ehrlich. Titled “A Mann For All Seasons,” the show features special guest appearances by multi-platinum artist Martina McBride and Mindi Abair and is a re-creation of the Elvis Presley ’69 Comeback Special with Chris performing in a boxing ring on a Sony soundstage.
The aptly-titled “Roads” 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. After studying opera at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Mann auditioned for numerous 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.
When he strode onto a soundstage at Sony Studios for his “Voice” audition, Mann was more nervous than he’d ever been before a performance. “It was a combination of knowing that this was bigger than anything I had ever done before and realizing that it could change my life,” he says. “I just sensed that that something different was gonna happen this time—something good.” Mann’s intuition was right. He killed it that day and was selected to be on Christina Aguilera’s team. “As the first serious classical singer on one of these shows, I couldn’t believe it when I kept getting voted through, week after week. These people who kept voting for me were my fans—they gave me back my confidence and helped me find my true voice.”
The Arts Center at Iowa Western is pleased to present Chris Mann on Thursday, September 19. Tickets can be purchased through the Arts Center box office at (712)388-7140 or online at www.artscenter.iwcc.edu . Funding for this programming is provided in part by Iowa West Foundation.
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