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Festival of Arts - Greg Manning

Uploaded On:  Friday November 20, 2020

A Berklee College of Music alum and an amalgam of cultures. Born in Nigeria and raised in Switzerland. Greg Manning moved to Los Angeles in 2002 and has had an incredible career. He is a three-time certified platinum producer for Universal Music Switzerland, and has had several Swiss Chart toppers since 1996.

Greg is the former keyboardist and music director for GRAMMY Award-nominated artist Jonathan Butler -- and keyboardist for Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Richard Elliot, Brian McKnight, Chante Moore, and Kirk Whalum, just to mention a few. After touring extensively for ten years throughout the U.S., Europe, South Africa, and the U.K., Greg made a conscious decision to come off the road. Not too long thereafter, he started composing music for film and television.

As an artist, Greg's own music is the union of jazz, soul, and funk, which can be heard on his album Sugar and Spice, which was released on Kalimba Records. The title track went on to spend 20 weeks on the charts rising to #5 on Billboard. Most recently his chart topping single "Top Down" was celebrated as Billboard's 2019 Smooth Jazz Song of the Year.

His latest single, "Twinkle" a 2020 cover of Earl Klugh's 1981 classic, debuted at #29 on the Billboard charts.

This performance was originally recorded live on July 20, 2017, at Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach, CA.