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Manny Soundz was born Emmanuel Diaz on February 17, 1992 in Queens, New York. At an early age he began to hint of singing, but it was not until the age of 8 that he truly began to feel delighted to be heard by others. Emmanuel and his family then relocated to the city of New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he enrolled at Woodrow Wilson elementary school.
He decided to join the school choir and his teacher, Ms. Lucy Strauli, was very impressed with his voice. In that first year he earned a solo for the song “Joyful, Joyful”, performed in an annual Christmas concert held every year at the State Theater, captivating all attendees.
Following this event, Ms. Strauli recommended him for a scholarship granted by the Department of Education of the State of New Jersey to for professional voice training. He won this scholarship and proceeds to learn under another great teacher, Ms. Margaret Trzeiack, recognized as one of the best vocal instructors in the state. He would go on to work with her for the next three years. During this time, he learned the basic elements of both singing and reading music. At Woodrow Wilson, he continued to participate in extracurricular activities, such as the Saxophone and Dance Clubs. In both 2005 and 2006, he received the award for Superior Musician.
Upon completing elementary school, his parents decided to relocate again but staying in New Jersey, to the small town of Highland Park, where he went to high school and immediately let his presence be felt. After joining the Choir, he decides to try his luck in theatre, playing stellar roles in the school’s annual musicals all four years, those musicals being Footloose, Crazy for You, The Music Man, and Bye Bye Birdie. Also during those years, he also joined the Vocal Ensemble, the school’s chamber choir, and Accappellics Anonymous, the school’s acappella group. He would go on to win the superlative of “Best Musician” for his class.
After high school he continued his musical career and is currently enrolled at Kean University, where he studies voice in the music program. By the end of 2010, he began reviewing a number of demos that had been previously prepared with his cousin, Isidro Santos, in attempt to get the opportunity to participate in the making of a musical production, followed in agreement with the company Villarq Music & Entertainment, LLC. Together, they began the process of what would eventually become his first album, Poema Natural, where he demonstrated his qualities as a composer and producer, including two of his own compositions and being heavily involved in the overall making of the album.
The first single, “Nadie Como Tu” (“No One Else Like You”) was released in July 2011 and was very well accepted by the public.
Poema Natural was completed at the end of August 2011 and was released digitally worldwide on September 14, 2011.
Being that Manny is of Dominican descent, Villarq Music & Entertainment decided to make his official debut in in Casa de Teatro in Santo Domingo, considering its reputation for aiding many Dominican stars in their debuts. Manny’s debut was no exception, selling out the theatre and deeply touching his audience.
Manny continues to perform in many local venues all over New York City, as well as participating in many different community events.
His most recent accomplishment was being recognized as the “Best New Latin Pop Artist” at the Premios Latinos, an annual award show of the Latino community in New York City.
His popularity as an artist has gradually increased, receiving more and more attention through social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, where his most recent video, “Van a Enamorarte”, has surpassed 500,000 views.
Poema Natural contains a variety of rhythms, ranging from Latin Pop and R&B to a more tropical feel, all the while remaining reminiscent of The Beatles with a vintage rock sound.