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Manika

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Bringing a fresh, edgy vibe to mainstream pop and unafraid to boldly speak her mind, 18-year-old vocal powerhouse Manika released her debut single “Just Can’t Let You Go” in June 2011. Working with some of music industry’s highest caliber management, songwriting and production talent, Manika (pronounced Ma-NEE-ka) was discovered by Frank DiLeo, Michael Jackson’s long-time manager, and television personality and revered vocal performance coach CeCe Sammy (U.K.’s “Pop Idol”).

“Just Can’t Let You Go,” which Manika debuted live at the 2010 Hollywood Style Awards was written and produced by Tearce Kizzo and Francci (Keyshia Cole, Patti LaBelle, Adina Howard and JoJo). The duo is also working with Manika on numerous other tracks for the artist’s full length forthcoming debut album, alongside such heavy hitters as Qura Rankin and Evan Bogart (Beyonce, Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Natasha Bedingfield, Jennifer Lopez). Manika is also prepping for her debut tour later in 2011 with Travis Payne, best known for working with Michael Jackson as the choreographer for the proposed “This Is It” tour and the associate producer for the subsequent film “This Is It.”

Manika—whose mixed heritage includes Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian and Spanish–brings intelligence, wit and tons of emotional life experiences to her songs. Early on, she won the “Outstanding Performance Award” three years straight at the National Performing Arts Festival in New York City.

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