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Manafest

Manafest
Background information
Birth name Christopher Scott Greenwood
Born (1979-07-19) July 19, 1979
Origin Pickering, Ontario, Canada
Genres Christian hip hop, hard rock, rap rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, rapper
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2000–present
Labels BEC
Associated acts Thousand Foot Krutch
Website .camanafest

Chris Scott Greenwood (born July 19, 1979), better known by his stage name Manafest, is a Canadian Christian rapper and rock artist from Pickering, Ontario. He has been nominated and won multiple awards for the GMA Canada Covenant Awards, GMA Dove Awards, and Juno Awards. Signed for almost a decade with BEC Recordings, Manafest became fully independent as of early 2015 and continues to write and record music.[1]

Contents

  • Biography 1
  • Musical style 2
  • Discography 3
  • Awards and recognition 4
  • Touring band 5
  • Other projects 6
  • Personal life 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Biography

Beginnings and early years (2000-2009)

After a skateboarding accident in 1998,[2] Chris Greenwood shifted his focus to musical writing and began to produce music emerging under the stage name Manafest in 2000.[3]

In 2001, Manafest debuted with his EP, Misled Youth. The release garnered "Modern Rock/Alternative Song of the Year" for the song "Freedom" at the GMA Canada Covenant Awards in 2002.[4] The following year, Manafest released his first full-length album My Own Thing and attracted the notice of Trevor McNevan of the Ontario-based rock band Thousand Foot Krutch.[5][6] This led to his signing with an internationally distributed label, BEC Recordings under the Uprok Records label.[6]

After signing on with BEC, Manafest released his second album Epiphany in 2005.[6] The release achieved several nominations and awards.[4]

In 2006, Manafest released his third album Glory. The album received critical success and went on to win Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year at the 2007 GMA Canada Covenant Awards, as well as receiving the artist a nomination for Artist of the Year.[4] The album also marked Manafest's first release to be nominated in the Juno Awards.

In 2008, Manafest's fourth album Citizens Activ was debuted to similar success receiving many nominations, as well as awards.[4] The album boosted Manafest's fame and reputation in Japan immensely.[7][8]

Mainstream breakthrough (2010)

In 2010, Manafest debuted his fifth full-length album The Chase. The album was well-received with the single "Avalanche" charting on the Billboard Christian Songs, as well as selling over 50,000 copies of the track as of September, 2011.[9][10] The album showcased a directional change for Manafest, moving from a more straight hip hop flare to a heavier rock-based rap style.

In 2011, Manafest released his first live album Live in Concert. The album won "Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year" at the 33rd GMA Canada Covenant Awards.[11]

In 2012, Manafest released his sixth studio album of Fighter. The album continued the previous release's heavy rock influence and garnered a nomination for Hip-Hop/Rap Album of the Year in the GMA Dove Awards.[12] Because of this album's release, Manafest fans have since become known officially as "Fighters" amongst themselves, as well as Manafest himself.[13]

In late 2013, Manafest released his first Christmas single "California Christmas", featuring Joel Piper.[14][15] The track was additionally featured BEC's Christmas compilation release Christmastime All Year.[16][17]

In 2014, Manafest released his seventh album The Moment.[18] The genre of the release deviated from his hard rock style and featured a more electronic hip hop sound.

Reborn and present (2015)

In late 2014, Manafest released the single "Let Go", featuring Dave Stovall of Wavorly. The track was a song that didn't make the final cut of The Moment and was later released by itself.[5] The song was recently pulled from iTunes (it is however still available in Manafest's store[19]). Manafest has also hinted it might make his next album's track listing.[5]

On April 24, 2015, Manafest announced a new PledgeMusic campaign for his next full-length, fully independent album, Reborn.[20][1][21] The album released globally on October 2, 2015.

When first announcing Reborn, Manafest also alluded to the fact his next album is already planned to be a rock record.[1][22]

Musical style

Manafest's genre has developed and changed over the entirety of his career. Originally starting with a classic feel of urban hip hop for his first four releases, Manafest then developed a style of alternative rock and rap rock by lightly mixing it in with Citizens Activ, and fully integrating it by the time of The Chase. In 2014, with the release of The Moment, Manafest's style then changed to a "hybrid" mixture of rap rock and electronic-based hip-hop.[23][24] Presently, Manafest's latest album Reborn has returned to his roots of straighter hip-hop.[25]

Manafest is typically compared to other Christian rappers of his genre including Andy Mineo, Lecrae, KJ-52, Tedashii, and Shonlock. Musically, Manafest's rock style is often grouped with other Christian hard rock acts such as Thousand Foot Krutch, Skillet, and Red.

Discography

Studio albums

Awards and recognition

GMA Canada Covenant Awards
  • 2002 Modern Rock/Alternative Song of the Year: "Freedom"
  • 2005 Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year: Epiphany
  • 2005 Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year: "Let It Go" (with Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger, Aubrey Noronha and Gerard Thomas)
  • 2006 nominee, Video of the Year: "Rodeo"
  • 2007 Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: Glory[26]
  • 2007 Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year: "Bounce"
  • 2008 nominee, Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: Citizens Activ
  • 2008 nominee, Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year: "Good Day" (with Adam Messinger)
  • 2009 Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year: "4-3-2-1" (with Adam Messinger)[27]
  • 2010 Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: The Chase
  • 2011 Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: Live In Concert
  • 2011 Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year: "Avalanche"
GMA Dove Awards
  • 2007 nominee, Rap/Hip-Hip Recorded Song of the Year: "Skills"
  • 2007 nominee, Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Album of the Year: Glory
  • 2009 nominee, Rap/Hip-Hip Recorded Song of the Year: "So Beautiful"
  • 2009 nominee, Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Album of the Year: Citizens Activ
  • 2012 nominee, Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Album of the Year: Fighter
Juno Awards

Touring band

Though a solo artist himself, Manafest travels with a touring band. Adam Messinger has provided the majority of instrumentation for Manafest's studio releases throughout the years, while the band supplies the music live on tour and at shows:

Current
  • Josh Macintosh — guitar (2010–present)[28]
  • Ian Hough – bass (2015–present)[29]
  • Joe Rickard – drums (2014–present)[30]
Former
  • Mike Crofts – bass (2010–2015)[31]
  • Travis Blackmore – drums (2010–2013)[32]

Other projects

Stories Since Seventy Nine

In late 2012, Manafest independently released a side project EP, Stories Since Seventy Nine,[33] that deviated slightly from his normal style and had a softer, pop sound, as well as more vocal singing (as compared to rapping) than his main work.[34] The release contains Manafest's 2013 single "Overboard".[35]

Fighter book release

In late 2013, Manafest penned and published his first book, Fighter: Five Keys to Conquering Your Fear and Reaching Your Dreams.[36][37][3] He plans to produce another book and do more public speaking in the future, as well as teach special seminars for people aspiring to enter the music industry.[5]

Personal life

In 1984, at the age of five, Chris Greenwood lost his father to suicide, leaving only him, his sister Virginia, and his mother.[3][38] A few years after, at a Bible camp,[39] he accepted Christ and became a Christian.[3] At the same camp, he also met his future wife, Melanie.[39] Around the age of fourteen, Greenwood invested himself into skateboarding and aspired to make it a career.[3] He however experienced an accident in 1998 which crippled his dreams to become a professional skater.[3][38][2] After hearing God telling him to turn his attention to music, Greenwood began songwriting and started his career as a Christian artist.[3][5]

In 2003, Greenwood married his wife Melanie.[5] Besides being a part-time model,[5] she runs the graphic design company Vision City (which designs the concepts for many of Manafest's designs, promotionals, and merchandise).[40] In March 2014, they had their first child and daughter, London Grace Greenwood.[41][42]

In 2012, Greenwood and his wife moved to Los Angeles, California.[5][43] In October 2015, he and his family moved back to Toronto, Canada.[44]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Manafest - New Album Pledge Music Campaign".  
  2. ^ a b "Manafest - Skate Accident Story".  
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Manafest, a "Fighter" in Life - Interview".  
  4. ^ a b c d "Covenant Awards Archives". GMACanada.ca. Retrieved March 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Manafest Listening Party Live Q&A".  
  6. ^ a b c review on Jesus Freak Hideout"Epiphany".  
  7. ^ "Manafest: Canadian gospel rapper with a surprising Japanese following".  
  8. ^ review by Cross Rhythms"The Chase".  
  9. ^ Award History on AllMusic"The Chase".  
  10. ^ "Manafest Celebrates First Career No. 1 Single".  
  11. ^ "Covenant Awards Archives". GMACanada.ca. Retrieved June 24, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Dove Awards Announce "Hip-Hop/Rap Album of the Year" Nominations".  
  13. ^ Logo"Reborn"PledgeMusic: Manafest .  
  14. ^ California Christmas" single on iTunes""".  
  15. ^ "Manafest "California Christmas" Music Video".  
  16. ^ on iTunes"Christmastime All Year".  
  17. ^ "Manafest "California Christmas" Lyric Video".  
  18. ^ Jase Spiegel (2012-12-24). "'"INTERVIEW: MANAFEST.  
  19. ^ Let Go" Single on Manafest's official store""".  
  20. ^ Campaign"Reborn"Manafest PledgeMusic .  
  21. ^ "Manafest Going Independent With 9th Studio Album".  
  22. ^ "Manafest Replies to Fan and Confirms His Future Rock Record".  
  23. ^ Oct. 2"Reborn"Manafest Prepares to Release .  
  24. ^ Oct. 2"Reborn"Manafest Returns To Indie Roots, Release .  
  25. ^ "Reborn"Manafest X PledgeMusic Interview .  
  26. ^ In 2007 Manafest also received GMAC nominations for: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year: Glory, and Recorded Song of the Year: "Bounce". CGMA 2007 Covenant Award Nominees. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
  27. ^ Manafest was also nominated as GMAC Artist of the Year in 2009. GMAC 2009 Covenant Award Nominees. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  28. ^ "Josh Macintosh on LinkedIn".  
  29. ^ "Ian Hough on Twitter".  
  30. ^ "Joe Rickard on Instagram".  
  31. ^ "Mike Crofts on GHS". GHS. Retrieved March 21, 2015. 
  32. ^ "Travis Blackmore tells fan he is no longer with Manafest".  
  33. ^ "Stories Since Seventy Nine"Chris Greenwood (Manafest) Releases Side Project . Indie Vision Music. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Manafest on TVU's Most Wanted - Interview".  
  35. ^ "Manafest – Overboard". Indie Vision Music. July 29, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  36. ^ book Official Website"Fighter". Fighterbook.net. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  37. ^ October 2013"Fighter"International Rock Artist Manafest Sets His Story To Pen Releasing His First Book .  
  38. ^ a b "Interview: Manafest". Christian Revolt. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  39. ^ a b "Manafest "Reborn" Behind The Scenes Song Explanation".  
  40. ^ "Vison City Art Shop on Esty".  
  41. ^ "The Moment"Manafest Announces Seventh Album .  
  42. ^ "Manafest announces his new daughter".  
  43. ^ Argyrakis, Andy. "The Moment Review of CCM Magazine - Moment at a Time".  
  44. ^ Bonus Songs!"Reborn"PledgeMusic: Manafest .  

External links

  • Official website
  • Hip Hop Canada interview, accessed 26 October 2006
  • Rapzilla interview, accessed November 2006
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