Manika (singer)

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Manika performing at Wine Amplified music festival in MGM Las Vegas.
Background information
Birth name Manika Grace Ward
Born 1993 (age 21–22)
Origin Las Vegas, Nevada
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) singer, songwriter, rapper, musician, producer, author[1][2][3]
Years active 2010–present
Labels Wamaframa

Manika Grace Ward, who performs as Manika[4] (/məˈnkə/ mə-NEE-kə), is an American pop musician.[5]

Early life[edit]

Manika was born in Las Vegas to Wallace and Grace Ward[6] in 1993.[7] She described herself in 2011 interview with Las Vegas Review-Journal as "part Filipino, part Japanese, part Chinese, part Malaysian and part Spanish".[4][5]

As a child, she taught herself to play the piano and guitar.[4] Aged 17, Manika graduated as valedictorian[8] from Henderson International School in Henderson, Nevada.[9] At 15, she also wrote a book, The Exciting Adventures of Boo and donated proceeds to the ASPCA Animal Shelter.[4][10] She moved to Los Angeles when she was 16 to pursue her music career.[9]

Music career[edit]

Aged 17, music executive Frank DiLeo noticed her after she received several awards at New York City's National Performing Arts Festival.[7] Under DiLeo's supervision, she released several singles. In 2009, she published "Boyz R Dumb". In 2011 she collaborated with rapper Lil Twist on "Just Can't Let You Go".[7] Also in 2011, she worked with music coach CeCe Sammy, whom she met through a shared friend.[4]

Her manager DiLeo died in 2011 after cardiac surgery.[7] In 2012 she toured with One Direction across North America as their opening act.[11][12] In 2012 Manika also performed at KIIS-FM's Wango Tango.[13] In 2013, Manika published her debut album, Manika; associated singles included "Good Girls" and "My Way".[7]

In a 2011 interview with the magazine Latina, she said her her musical inspirations were Avril Lavigne, Pink, and Alanis Morissette.[5] In 2015, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton has compared Manika's music to Iggy Azalea's.[14]

In 2014 Manika released her fourth single "Vegas Party". She performed this song at Las Vegas nightclubs including Hakkasan nightclub at MGM Grand and Light nightclub at Mandalay Bay.[12][15][16] Manika's fifth single was released in 2015 "B.Y.O.Bugatti", which peaked at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard Sales Chart.[17][18] In 2015, Manika also performed on the main stage at the Wine Amplified music festival in Las Vegas.[19][20] Later that year she released a collaboration with rapper Tyga "I Might Go Lesbian (feat. Tyga)".[21]



  • MANIKA (2013)


  • The Middle of Hollywood



  1. ^ "Las Vegas-born singer takes on two holiday classics – Las Vegas Review-Journal". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  2. ^ "SoundCloud Music Reviews: Manika presents "B.Y.O.Bugatti" – Hip Hop". SoundCloud Music Reviews. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Przybys, John (2011-12-08). "Las Vegas-born singer Manika takes on two holiday classics". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  5. ^ a b c Romero, Angie (2011-05-16). "Introducing Manika". Latina. Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  6. ^ Lyle, Michael (2011-11-05). "Manika "White Christmas" Music Video Set Visit". Getty Images. Archived from the original on 2015-09-18. Retrieved 2015-09-18. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Collar, Matt (2015). "Manika – Biography". Rovi. Archived from the original on 2015-09-07. Retrieved 2015-09-07 – via Billboard. 
  8. ^ "Top 40/R Music Artist Info, New Information, Facts, Interviews, Rhythmic Crossover Hits ...". All Access. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  9. ^ a b Lyle, Michael (2011-11-29). "Henderson teen hopes to become a pop star". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2015-09-05. 
  10. ^ "Teen Donates $15,000.00 to SPCA". Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  11. ^ "Up All Night Tour". 
  12. ^ a b "Manika - Biography | Billboard". Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  13. ^ "Wango Tango". 
  14. ^ "Listen To This: She's A Black Widow, Baby!". Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  15. ^, retrieved 2015-11-05  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "SoundCloud Music Reviews". Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  17. ^ "Chart Search | Billboard". Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  18. ^ "WebCite query result". Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  19. ^ "Wine Amplified Festival - Las Vegas, NV". Wine Amplified Festival - Las Vegas, NV. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  20. ^ "50 Cent, Panic! at the Disco and more due at Wine Amplified this fall". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 
  21. ^, retrieved 2015-11-05  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ "Release date of video shown 2011". 
  23. ^ a b "Billboard Chart". 
  24. ^ "Release Date shown 2012". 
  25. ^ "Release Date Shown 2013". 
  26. ^ "Manika on iTunes". 
  27. ^ "Manika on iTunes". 
  28. ^ "manika feat. Tyga on iTunes". 

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