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Manny Blu, a recent transplant to Nashville, has wasted no time putting himself smack dab in the middle of Nashville’s music scene. However, music wasn’t Manny’s first passion. Hockey and MMA were where his heart found happiness. Putting his efforts into MMA training for years, he made his amateur debut on Oct 12, 2013. He emerged victorious, although walked away injured and requiring time to rest and recover. Being inspired by none other than BB King during this time off from MMA, Manny picked up the guitar and began learning to play. He had no idea that learning a few chords could dramatically change his career path.
Even though music didn’t come first to Manny, he has a few family ties to it. Manny’s family immigrated to Canada from Italy about a century ago. One of his grandfather’s many jobs was playing clarinet in the local band in Montreal. With the earnings he made from performing, Manny’s grandfather gifted his family with the money so they could start up their cheese business. Even Manny’s mom grew up learning and playing classical piano.
Since his MMA injury and focus shift towards music, Manny has continued writing and performing throughout Canada honing his craft and abilities. Being influenced by the talents of John Mayer, Adam Levine, Jordan Davis, and Sam Hunt Manny continued working on his writing for his debut EP. Eventually, taking meetings and building his network that lead him to relocate to Nashville to work on his new record and build his career.
Once Manny knew the direction of the project and his goals, he decided to create his art at none other than Blackbird Studios where the likes of Dan + Shay, , Kane Brown, and many other artists have recorded and perfected their sound.
Manny is currently on Hit After Hit tour with George Canyon, Charlie Major and Doc Walker.