from Vancouver BC
Contact DetailsJackie McLachlan
Mani was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada. Daily devotion and perseverance in his early teens led him to develop the sound of a professionally trained pianist and vocalist.
Throughout high school Mani participated in numerous music arts programs. His teachers and peers praised his musical strength and suggested he take his music to the next level. He accepted this challenge and prolifically began songwriting.
In early April 1999, guitarist/vocalist Sean Ashby (Sarah McLachlan, The Grapes of Wrath) heard Mani's music and offered to produce and play on his cd/demo. With engineer Mark Hensley (4 Non Blondes, Celine Dion) on board to co-produce some of the songs, they headed into the studio to begin tracking. With the addition of a few more tracks from Mani's home recording sessions, the result was an EP entitled "Whirlpool." Mani proceeded to play gigs around town and garnered very positive response from local club goers and operators. He also caught the eye of certain producers.
In April 2001, John Wozniak (singer/songwriter/producer of multi-platinum recording act Marcy Playground) and producer/manager Gary Durban collaborated to produce Mani's first full-length album. The album was recorded at Vancouver's Mushroom Studios with a tribe of local hot musicians: guitarists Sean Ashby, Jerry Wong (Damn the Diva) and Johnny Savalla (Kristy Thirsk), bassists Doug Elliott (The Odds), Bill Arab (Kristy Thirsk) and Tony Marriott (Jeff Buckley), drummer Jamie Kaufmann (Damn The Diva), and programmer/engineer Phil Western (David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails). The final icing on the cake was provided by mastering engineer extraordinaire Greg Calbi of Sterling Sound, New York.
"We just started recording songs that I would write the day before" says Mani about the recording process, "the vibe that we created just kind of made me open up, and all these songs started falling out. I had a great time, and I hope that people like the record as much as I liked making it."
The result is Mani's stunning debut album entitled "Arrived." When listening to "Arrived," one feels as though they are leafing through Mani's personal journals. He has a natural talent and ability to evoke a wide range of emotions. His vocal is real and honest and draws the listener in; his lyrics range from fun and energetic ('Arrived,' 'Camera'), to haunting and emotive ('Sleepy Angel,' 'Wide Eyed'), to provocative ('Paint,' 'Mary').
Continually positive responses from notable industry players ensure that Mani has a very promising future. In 2002, Mani opened for Columbia recording artist John Mayer for his sold out shows in Western Canada. Mani spent 2003 promoting "Arrived" and performing alongside artists such as Kristy Thirsk (Rose Chronicles) and Adrienne Pierce. He was also involved in projects such as the recording of Cory Urhahn at Vancouver's Hipposonic Studios for which he provided piano instrumentation with Kim Urhahn (Lillix) on drums. Currently, Mani is back in the studio recording a 6-track EP of brand new material.