|Birth name||Christopher Greenwood|
|Born||July 19, 1979|
|Origin||Pickering, Ontario, Canada|
|Genres||Christian hip hop, hard rock, rap rock, alternative rock|
|Associated acts||Thousand Foot Krutch|
Chris Greenwood (born July 19, 1979), better known by his stage name Manafest, is a Canadian Christian rapper and rock artist from Pickering, Ontario. He has been nominated and won multiple awards for the GMA Canada Covenant Awards, GMA Dove Awards, and Juno Awards. Signed for almost a decade with BEC Recordings, Manafest became fully independent as of early 2015 and continues to write and record music.
- Beginnings and early years (2000-2009)
After a skateboarding accident in 1998, Chris Greenwood shifted his focus to musical writing and began to produce music emerging under the stage name Manafest in 2000.
In 2001, Manafest debuted with his EP, Misled Youth. The release garnered "Modern Rock/Alternative Song of the Year" for the song "Freedom" at the GMA Canada Covenant Awards in 2002. The following year, Manafest released his first full-length album My Own Thing and attracted the notice of Trevor McNevan of the Ontario-based rock band Thousand Foot Krutch. This led to his signing with an internationally distributed label, BEC Recordings under the Uprok Records label.
In 2006, Manafest released his third album Glory. The album received critical success and went on to win Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year at the 2007 GMA Canada Covenant Awards, as well as receiving the artist a nomination for Artist of the Year. The album also marked Manafest's first release to be nominated in the Juno Awards.
In 2008, Manafest's fourth album Citizens Activ was debuted to similar success receiving many nominations, as well as awards. The album boosted Manafest's fame and reputation in Japan immensely.
- Mainstream breakthrough (2010)
In 2010, Manafest debuted his fifth full-length album The Chase. The album was well-received with the single "Avalanche" charting on the Billboard Christian Songs, as well as selling over 50,000 copies of the track as of September, 2011. The album showcased a directional change for Manafest, moving from a more straight hip hop flare to a heavier rock-based rap style.
In 2012, Manafest released his sixth studio album of Fighter. The album continued the previous release's heavy rock influence and garnered a nomination for Hip-Hop/Rap Album of the Year in the GMA Dove Awards.
In late 2013, Manafest released his first Christmas single "California Christmas", featuring Joel Piper. The track was additionally featured BEC's Christmas compilation release Christmastime All Year.
- Present and upcoming album Reborn (2015)
On April 24, 2015, Manafest announced a new PledgeMusic campaign for his next full-length, fully independent album, Reborn. Manafest has stated the album is to be more hip hop-inspired in its sound and return to his roots of straighter hip hop. The record is to be released in August, 2015 with 5% of the money raised by the project will go to the Epilepsy Foundation to support awareness for the condition. On June 16, Manafest announced that Soul Glow Activatur, former lead singer of Family Force 5, will be featured on the new album for the track "Stick to Your Gunz". On June 27, Manafest revealed that Tedashii will be featured on the track "I Have a Dream" (which will also feature some excerpts from Martin Luther King). On July 2, Manafest announced that Shonlock will also be featured in collaboration on the song "I Have a Dream" as well. Trevor McNevan is expected to be featured on the track "Shine On". Manafest has announced that the first song for the record will be debuted in July.
- Studio albums
- My Own Thing (2003)
- Epiphany (2005)
- Glory (2006)
- Citizens Activ (2008)
- The Chase (2010)
- Fighter (2012)
- The Moment (2014)
Awards and recognition
- 2002 Modern Rock/Alternative Song of the Year: "Freedom"
- 2005 Rap/Hip-Hop Album of the Year: Epiphany
- 2005 Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year: "Let It Go" (with Nasri Atweh, Adam Messinger, Aubrey Noronha and Gerard Thomas)
- 2006 nominee, Video of the Year: "Rodeo"
- 2007 Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: Glory
- 2007 Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year: "Bounce"
- 2008 nominee, Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: Citizens Activ
- 2008 nominee, Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year: "Good Day" (with Adam Messinger)
- 2009 Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year: "4-3-2-1" (with Adam Messinger)
- 2010 Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: The Chase
- 2011 Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year: Live In Concert
- 2011 Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year: "Avalanche"
- 2007 nominee, Rap/Hip-Hip Recorded Song of the Year: "Skills"
- 2007 nominee, Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Album of the Year: Glory
- 2009 nominee, Rap/Hip-Hip Recorded Song of the Year: "So Beautiful"
- 2009 nominee, Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Album of the Year: Citizens Activ
- 2012 nominee, Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Album of the Year: Fighter
- 2007 nominee, Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year: Glory
- 2011 nominee, Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year: The Chase
- 2015 nominee, Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year: The Moment
Though a solo artist himself, Manafest travels with a touring band. Adam Messinger has provided the majority of instrumentation for Manafest's studio releases throughout the years, while the band supplies the music live on tour and at shows:
- Josh Macintosh — guitar (2010–present)
- Ian Hough – bass (2015–present)
- Joe Rickard – drums (2014–present)
- Stories Since Seventy Nine
In late 2012, Manafest independently released a side project EP, Stories Since Seventy Nine, that deviated slightly from his normal style and had a softer, pop sound, as well as more vocal singing (as compared to rapping) than his main work. The release contains Manafest's 2013 single "Overboard".
- Fighter book release
In late 2013, Manafest penned and published his first book, Fighter: Five Keys to Conquering Your Fear and Reaching Your Dreams. He plans to produce another book and do more public speaking in the future, as well as teach special seminars for people aspiring to enter the music industry.
In 1984, at the age of five, Chris Greenwood tragically lost his father to suicide. A few years after, he accepted Christ and became a Christian. Around the age of fourteen, Greenwood invested himself into skateboarding and aspired to make it a career. He however experienced an accident in 1998 which crippled his dreams to become a professional skater. After hearing God telling him to turn his attention to music, Greenwood began songwriting and started his career as a Christian artist.
In 2003, he married his wife Melanie. Besides being a part-time model, Melanie runs the graphic design company Vision City (which designs the concepts for many of Manafest's designs, promotionals, and merchandise).
- "Manafest - New Album Pledge Music Campaign". YouTube. April 24, 2015. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
- "Manafest, a "Fighter" in Life - Interview". YouTube. February 26, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
- "Covenant Awards Archives". GMACanada.ca. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
- "Manafest Listening Party Live Q&A". YouTube. August 19, 2014. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
- "Epiphany review on Jesus Freak Hideout". Jesus Freak Hideout. August 1, 2005. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
- "Manafest: Canadian gospel rapper with a surprising Japanese following". Cross Rhythms. October 15, 2008. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
- "The Chase review by Cross Rhythms". Cross Rhythms. June 26, 2010. Retrieved June 23, 2015.
- "The Chase Award History on AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
- "Manafest Celebrates First Career No. 1 Single". Rapzilla. August 31, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2015.
- "Covenant Awards Archives". GMACanada.ca. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
- "Dove Awards Announce "Hip-Hop/Rap Album of the Year" Nominations". Rapzilla. August 21, 2013. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
- ""California Christmas" single on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
- "Manafest "California Christmas" Music Video". YouTube. December 9, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
- "Christmastime All Year on iTunes". iTunes. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
- "Manafest "California Christmas" Lyric Video". YouTube. December 2, 2013. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
- Jase Spiegel (2012-12-24). "INTERVIEW: MANAFEST'". RockRevolt Magazine.
- "Manafest PledgeMusic Reborn Campaign". PledgeMusic. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
- "Manafest PledgeMusic: Manafest Live in Japan (Unreleased)". PledgeMusic. June 12, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
- "Manafest X PledgeMusic Interview Reborn". YouTube. May 22, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
- "Manafest to release new album, raise money for epilepsy as sister has third brain surgery". Rapzilla. May 6, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
- "Manafest PledgeMusic: Manafest X Soul Glow Activatur". PledgeMusic. June 16, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
- "PledgeMusic: Tedashii X Manafest". PledgeMusic. June 27, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015.
- "PledgeMusic: Manafest X Shonlock". PledgeMusic. July 2, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
- "Manafest PledgeMusic: Hip Hop Track & Trevor Feature Update". PledgeMusic. May 13, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
- In 2007 Manafest also received GMAC nominations for: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year: Glory, and Recorded Song of the Year: "Bounce". CGMA 2007 Covenant Award Nominees. Retrieved 2008-11-11.
- Manafest was also nominated as GMAC Artist of the Year in 2009. GMAC 2009 Covenant Award Nominees. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
- "Josh Macintosh on LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- "Ian Hough on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
- "Joe Rickard on Instagram". Instagram. January 6, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- "Mike Crofts on GHS". GHS. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- "Travis Blackmore tells fan he is no longer with Manafest". Instagram. March 11, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- "Chris Greenwood (Manafest) Releases Side Project Stories Since Seventy Nine". Indie Vision Music. August 22, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
- "Manafest on TVU's Most Wanted - Interview". YouTube. October 16, 2012. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
- "Manafest – Overboard". Indie Vision Music. July 29, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
- "Fighter book Official Website". Fighterbook.net. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
- "International Rock Artist Manafest Sets His Story To Pen Releasing His First Book Fighter October 2013". Jesus Freak Hideout. September 16, 2013. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
- "Interview: Manafest". Christian Revolt. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
- "Vison City Art Shop on Esty". Esty. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
- Argyrakis, Andy. "Moment at a Time - CCM Magazine Review of The Moment". CCM Magazine. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
I'm a very different person than I was a few years ago. Since my move to California and having a daughter, my perspective on life and music has changed.
- "Manafest Announces Seventh Album The Moment". BEC Recordings. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
- "Manafest announces his new daughter". Facebook. March 19, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2015.
Drum roll please. I am proud to announce the birth of my daughter "London Grace Greenwood"
- Official website
- Hip Hop Canada interview, accessed 26 October 2006
- Rapzilla interview, accessed November 2006