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Greg Manning – The Calling

He is the internationality in person. Born in Nigeria Greg Manning grew up in Switzerland. In 2002 he moved to Los Angeles but still keep contact to the land of his youth. So he is a three-time certified platinum producer for Universal Music Switzerland, and has had several Swiss Chart toppers since 1996.

Greg worked as musical director with Jonathan Butler and also performed with Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Chante Moore, Mindi Abair and Keb’ Mo’ just to mention a few.

His debut album Soulciety was released in 1999 and is unfortunately unavailable anymore. By chance I became aware of his new album The Calling, which was released in April 2010.

Greg’s new album features Mindi Abair, André Berry, Patrick Bettison, Tom Evans, Keb’ Mo’, Jimmy Reid, Kirk Whalum and Terry Wollman among others. Greg wrote, arranged, mixed and produced all songs except Nick Of Time.

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Greg Manning – The Calling

Former keyboardist and music director for GRAMMY® Award-nominated artist Jonathan Butler, announced the worldwide iTunes release of his highly anticipated solo project titled, The Calling. This fresh and innovative album of masterfully crafted tunes features the talents of Keb’Mo’, saxophonist Kirk Whalum, and smooth jazz artist Mindi Abair.

The convergence of jazz, funk, and soul intertwined with musical inspiration from such artists as Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock, are blended with Manning’s precise timbre and smooth vocal technique to create a signature sound that is simplistically complex and unique in texture.

The Calling is not just an album, but also a journey of life’s influences compiled into a rich CD that is as soulful as it is spiritual and relevant. “I wanted the project to be a great, coherent, accessible CD and not some hybrid thing that doesn’t please anybody fully,” Greg Manning says.

Manning has toured with several artists including Brian McKnight, Kirk Whalum, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Gerald Albright, Chante Moore, and Mindi Abair. Manning is a Berklee College of Music alum and an amalgam of cultures. He was born in Nigeria, raised in Switzerland, and currently resides in Los Angeles with his family. He is a three-time certified platinum producer for Universal Music Switzerland, and has had several Swiss Chart toppers since 1996.

There is much to be said about this talented artist, Greg Manning, but it would only take away from what his music has to say. Shows are planned this month. The CD is available at iTunes.

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