Out on 3 January 2022 is Greg Manning’s next single, “Be Strong” which features the distinctive sound of accomplished saxophonist Jimmy Reid.
Greg says it’s a sound that moves us to delve deep inside to that peaceful resolve where we can find the courage to “Be Strong”.
As a producer and composer it’s easy to forget that this multitalented keyboard player is an accomplished artist in his own right. Reminders are “Top Down,” Billboard’s Smooth Jazz Song of the Year in 2019. And more recently, his single “Sunrise Boulevard,” went to #1 on Billboard, Mediabase, and The Smooth Jazz Network in 2021.
Greg creatively expands contemporary jazz’s boundaries by successfully infusing it with other relatable musical influences. A peaceful disposition and a strong creative presence are undoubtedly the perfect combination for success.
Greg moved to Los Angeles in 2002 and has had an incredible career. He is a three-time certified platinum producer for Universal Music Switzerland, and has had several Swiss Chart toppers since 1996.
He is the former keyboardist and music director for Grammy award-nominated artist Jonathan Butler… and keyboardist for Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Brian McKnight, Chante Moore, and Kirk Whalum, just to mention a few.
After touring extensively for 10 years throughout the U.S., Europe, South Africa, and the U.K., Greg made a conscious decision to come off the road. Not too long thereafter, he started composing music for film and television.
As an artist, his own music is the union of jazz, soul, and funk and has been described as “Soul-Jazz at its best”… Which can be heard on his album “Sugar and Spice,” which was released on Kalimba Records.
The title track went on to spend 20 weeks on the charts rising to #5 on Billboard. Most recently his chart topping single “Top Down” was celebrated as Billboard’s 2019 Smooth Jazz Song of the Year.
Watch out for much more from Greg in 2022…