Chris Mann ended 2012 on a high note, hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Chart and performing for President Obama as part of TNT’s star-studded “Christmas In Washington” special. Now he’s kicking off the new year in grand style, announcing a North American headlining tour (launching April 24 at the Royal Oak Theatre in Royal Oak, MI) along with his very own PBS Special, CHRIS MANN IN CONCERT: A MANN FOR ALL SEASONS (airing this March -check local listings).
CHRIS MANN IN CONCERT: A MANN FOR ALL SEASONS sees the acclaimed vocalist singing a collection of classical-crossover favorites live in concert with two very special guests four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and 14-time Grammy nominated Martina McBride and bestselling contemporary jazz saxophonist Mindi Abair.
In his first PBS concert, which is produced by Grammy Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich with music under the direction of Michael Bearden, Mann performs an exciting and eclectic blend of songs, ranging from “Ave Maria” to Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” to Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.”
He also performs an updated version of “My Way,” re-written specifically for him by Paul Anka, as the new voice of the classic song. Anka tweaked the lyrics so that instead of looking back, this new version is from the point of view of a young man looking hopefully ahead. That Anka would, for the first time ever, reconsider Frank Sinatra’s masterpiece means a great deal to Mann. His own late grandfather had once headed to Los Angeles in an attempt to make it as a Sinatra-influenced crooner, only to abandon his dream, return to Wichita, Kansas and start a family.
“I was raised on Sinatra by my granddad, so I have a strong connection to him as I¹m pursing my own dream,” says Mann. “If he’d known that I’d one day be working with Paul Anka, and that I’d be recording the only other official version of ‘My Way,’ he would be so proud and excited.”
With a voice rich in tone and soulfulness, Chris Mann performs each song in a way that can be appreciated by music lovers of all generations. He has the astounding capability to make timeworn standards fresh, while taking a modern pop song and performing it with classical elegance. Mann also introduces new and original music, which he co-wrote and sings with timeless musicality and passion, including “Cuore,” based on Bach’s “Air on a G String,” and the contemporary ballad, “Falling.”
Mann first captured the hearts of millions as one of the stars of the hit NBC series, The Voice. He blew everyone away with his stunning classical singing style, and landed on a team coached by Christina Aguilera, who told him, “I feel the heavens open up when you sing.” America agreed and Chris Mann became one of the breakout stars of season two.
Influenced by Pavarotti and vintage Sinatra, Mann’s blend of classically-trained tenor and contemporary pop vocals is a sound that¹s rare in music today. Said Cee Lo Green, “He is by far one of the most incomparable vocalists I have ever heard.” By the time his season of The Voice ended, Mann had landed not one, but two songs on the iTunes Top 10 Pop Singles Chart. A few months later, he signed with Faircraft/Republic, a new label formed by renowned producer/music executive Ron Fair, and began recording Roads, his major label debut. That album, a bold reimagining of the classical-pop genre, hit No. 1 on Billboard¹s Heatseekers Chart and No. 5 on the Classical Album Chart. The aptly-titled album represents the culmination of a long and challenging journey for this gifted and dedicated young artist. In addition, Mann also recorded Home For Christmas, a holiday album exclusively for Walmart, which rocketed to No. 1 on the chain’s Best-Selling Album Chart and entered Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart at No. 12.
He supported both with numerous high-profile television performances, including The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC’s Christmas In Rockefeller Center, Conan and The Voice. In addition to his upcoming February 28th performance on Ellen, fans can catch Chris Mann live on tour.
Dates for the 1st leg of his headlining tour of North America are as follows (with additional dates to be announced):
DATES CITY VENUE
4/24 Royal Oak MI @ Royal Oak Theatre
4/25 Indianapolis IN @ Egyptian Room
4/27 Cleveland OH @ Ohio Theatre
4/28 Columbus OH @ Lincoln Theatre
5/2 New York NY @ Highline Ballroom
5/4 Glenside PA @ Keswick Theatre
5/31 Wichita KS@ Wichita River Festival
6/1 Kansas City MO@ Midland Theatre
6/2 Milwaukee WI @ Pabst Theater
6/4 Minneapolis MN@ Pantages Theatre
6/7 Rexburg ID @ Hart Auditorium
6/20 Portland OR @ Aladdin Theater
6/21 Seattle WA@ Neptune Theatre
6/28 San Diego CA @ Humphrey¹s
6/29 Fresno CA@ Tower Theatre
9/14 Benton Harbor MI @ Mendel Center
9/19 Council Bluffs IA @ Iowa Western Community College
9/20 Mason City IA @North Iowa Community Auditorium
9/28 Los Angeles, CA @ The Canyon at the Saban Theatre
10/18 Atlanta GA @Atlanta Symphony Hall
10/19 Myrtle Beach SC @ Myrtle Beach High School
10/20 Newberry SC @ Newberry Opera House
10/25 Mesa AZ @ Ikeda Theater
10/26 Tucson AZ @ Fox Theatre
11/2 Spring TX @ The Centrum
11/8 Las Vegas NV @ Cabaret Jazz Theater
11/9 Las Vegas NV @ Cabaret Jazz Theater
12/14 Brookfield WI @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Kuttemperoor Auditorium