Featured Artist: Manafest

Apr 02 2012

Known to his family as Chris Greenwood, Manafest is an international rock artist from Canada who was first noticed by Thousand Foot Krutch's Trevor McNevan, leading to him being signed by BEC Recordings for the release of his debut album 'Epiphany' (2005).

Manafest's uphill climb began at the age of five when his father committed suicide. Years of childhood insecurity and fear gave way to a promising skateboarding career, but then an injury took that away, too. Music soon filled the void, and it would prove to be a perfect fit. Putting words to driving rhythms gave Chris a way to be a visible light ('manifest') for other people wrestling with their own junk: strained relationships, betrayals, loss, broken dreams. He knew plenty about getting through the past and working toward the future. "I'm always there to give you the don't-give-up message," he says in a quiet offstage voice that balances out his amped up live presence.

That debut release was quickly followed by 'Glory' (2006), 'Citizens Activ' (2008) and his latest album 'The Chase' (2010) which has sold over 30,000 copies and received a nomination in the category of Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year for the Juno Awards of 2011.

In 2006 Manafest released 'Glory' selling over 40,000 copies, from which the rock anthem 'Impossible', featuring Trevor McNevan, becoming a global hit. Manafest's 2010 release 'The Chase', which was produced by Adam Messinger (Chris Brown and Brandy), had twelve hit tracks of gritty guitars and aggressive rhymes fusing rock and rap styles. 

Manafest tracks have recently been featured on many television shows, such as Knight Rider, One Tree Hill, Jockeys, MTV Unplugged and So You Think You Can Dance Canada. 

But now he is about to release a new 11 track album named Fighter. The album includes acoustic track 'Never Let You Go' plus title track 'Fighter'.

Produced by Adam Messinger (Justin Bieber) and Seth Mosley (Newsboys), 'Fighter' vents the Toronto native's losses and draws hurting people toward inspiration like never before. With great hope, the starting title track crunches down hard on life's oppression while Manafest retells his story to encourage others going through their own hard times.

I never knew my dad; I'd just hide it... Down and out I start to doubt / I hit the ground but I won't break / You can say I'm done, but this has just begun / I'm a fighter.

Manafest has been touring extensively, including the Awake And Alive Tour with Skillet, and he is hitting the road with RED, and Thousand Foot Krutch later this year.

Here at Louder Than The Music we've called his music "hard hitting... edgy" and "a man who has his own ideas and will not copy trends". With new album 'Fighter' we can expect more of the same!

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