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Karen Knapstein
Date
September 8, 2013
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Manika

feature-cover-manikaLas Vegas-native Manika grew up seeing amazing music. “It’s a major concert tour and arts stop, plus we have all the shows that are here all year long like Cirque du Soleil, Phantom, all that” she shared in a recent phone interview. Her first concern was Hillary Duff at Mandalay Bay. But, she explained, “my whole life I’d really been into music. Growing up, I was shy except when I was on stage, where I felt most at home.”

She still get nervous before shows, but, “once I’m out there, I’m good.” She started playing the piano in pre-school and now, she “plays around while writing songs — I taught myself the basic chords. The things I learned help it all make sense. Also, I have an app called Piano Chords, so if I forget something, I use that,” she laughed. For her, songwriting around 12. “You have to not be afraid to be bad — humming melodies to find what works.”

She writes about things she’s going through — “what other people my age are going through. My new single, ‘My Way’ applies to a relationship.┬áIt’s about how someone sees you and how you can’t listen to the negative.” It’s a message that is completely hers, but filtered through a multitude of her influences. “It’s different people for different things. Everyone from Michael Jackson and Beyonce to Pink, Avril Levine, 80s stuff, Aerosmith — I love Steven Tyler’s voice, how he screams but not really — to Alanis Morisette.”

You can hear those influences for yourself in the tracks here, but also on her upcoming release — a double album. It “reflects my journey. There’s even a booklet that goes with it.” You can find out more about the album and the upcoming tour on her Facebook page and Twitter feed.

“My Way”


“I Like Shy Guys”


“Breathe”


 

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34 comments on “Manika

    1. Ella-Hageman

      I know right?!?!?!? just listened to all of them and I was like What? and what is with I like shy guys? I cant tell what she is saying..

      Reply
  1. De'Ondrea Jones

    I like all your music. They are off the hook. How did you write all of your songs, because they are amazing.

    Reply
  2. De'Ondrea Jones

    I like your music. Your voice is awesome. I will make you as my ringtone. How do you make your music sound so awesome?

    Reply
  3. louis

    PLEASE PLAY THIS SONG ON MONDAY @Channel1news MY FRIENDS AND I LOVE IT I LIKE SHY GUYS #PLEASE#GOODSONG#LOOOKINGFORWARD

    Reply

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