Classical/pop singer/songwriter and former "The Voice" finalist Chris Mann recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview. Mann discussed his participation on "The Voice," his 2012 debut studio album, Roads, and his upcoming tour, among other topics.
"For me one of the most gratifying things that I get to do [on tour] is perform with symphonies," said Mann. "It's something I've always dreamed of doing and it's unlike anything else."
After studying opera at Nashville's Vanderbilt University, Mann performed in clubs and worked as a session singer on the hit TV series "Glee." In 2012 he relocated to Los Angeles where he auditioned for season two of reality singing competition "The Voice." Mann was selected by GRAMMY winner Christina Aguilera to be a member of her team and emerged as the season's fourth-place finalist. That same year Mann released an EP, Home For Christmas, which reached No. 6 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.
Released in October 2012, Roads peaked at No. 1 on the Top Heatseekers chart and No. 5 on Billboard's Classical Albums chart. Co-produced by GRAMMY winners Walter Afanasieff (Celine Dion) and Keith Thomas (Amy Grant), among others, Roads features 11 tracks, including the title track and a cover of Damien Rice's "The Blower's Daughter," featuring Aguilera. In March Mann starred in the PBS concert special, "Chris Mann In Concert: A Mann For All Seasons," which was released as a DVD and CD.
Mann will kick off his first national tour on Sept. 13 in Interlochen, Mich., with dates scheduled through February 2014.