Michael Mangini

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Michael Mangini
Mangini playing guitar
Mangini in 2007
Background information
GenresPop, Soul, Hip hop
Occupation(s)Record Producer, Songwriter, Engineer
Years active1990–present
LabelsSony Music, Warner & BMG
Associated actsDavid Byrne, Run DMC, the Beastie Boys, Joss Stone[1]

Michael Mangini is an American record producer and owner of Mojo Music, a production and artist management company.[2] He has worked with Digable Planets, Imani Coppola, and Baha Men, among others.

Early life[edit]

Mangini started his career in the music industry in 1985 at studios in Baltimore, Maryland.[3] He also started writing songs, singing, and playing guitar for the band China Blue.[citation needed] Mangini and the band relocated to Los Angeles to record songs at various studios, which is where he first learned music engineering and programming.[3] He went from being an assistant at Chung King Studios to becoming a multi-Platinum award-winning mixing engineer within two years.[3]


In early 1993, Mangini opened a studio in New Jersey and soon recorded, co-produced and mixed Digable Planets' Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space) which included "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)", winner of the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 36th Grammy Awards.[4]

He co-produced Imani Coppola's Chupacabra released in 1997.[5][6][7]

In 2000, along with Steve Greenberg, he produced the Baha Men’s single "Who Let the Dogs Out?".[8] The song was recorded in Mangini home studio in Miami.[9]

Mangini and Pop Rox's remix of the Marvin Gaye song "What's Going On" was included in the charity album of remixes released by Columbia Records in 2001.[10] Also in 2001, Mangini produced O-Town's first full-length album O-Town[11] and David Byrne's sixth solo album Look into the Eyeball.[12] During this phase of his career, Mangini worked with musicians such as the Jonas Brothers, and Bruce Hornsby.[13]

Mangini produced Joss Stone's first album The Soul Sessions,[14] and its follow-up Mind Body & Soul.[15]

Mangini has worked with various artists, including Little Jackie, Diane Birch, Hailey Knox and others.[16][17] In 2016, along with Peter Zizzo, co-produced the Jackie Evancho song "Apocalypse".[18][19] He also produced the 2018 debut album by Elise LeGrow, Playing Chess, a collection of covers of songs produced by the early record label Chess Records.[20] In 2019, he produced Evancho's album The Debut.[21]


  1. ^ Ofganf, Erik (2012). "Ten Minutes With Mike Mangini". TownVibe. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  2. ^ Villeno, Hillary (9 September 2015). "Music Drives Shayna Leigh to Just Be Herself".
  3. ^ a b c Zollo, Paul (1 September 2004). "Mike Mangini - Great Expectations". American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  4. ^ Jackson, Blair (1 October 2008). "Mike Mangini". Mix. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  5. ^ Jim, Farber (1997-11-10). "Coppola's Goat Of Many Colors 'Chupacabra' Album Proves Chirpy 'Legend of a Cowgirl' Singer Isn't a One-hit Wonder". NY Daily News. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  6. ^ Powers, Ann (1997-11-04). "Critic's Choice/Pop CD's; Take a Little Sass, Add Sunshine". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  7. ^ Wright, Rickey (February 13, 1998). "Karma and Dregs". Washington City Paper. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  8. ^ Strauss, Neil (2000-08-28). "An Island Breeze Revives a Dream; At Long Last, a Bahamian Band Has a Hit on Its Hands". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  9. ^ Snetiker, Marc (2015-12-10). "A brief oral history of Baha Men's 'Who Let The Dogs Out'". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  10. ^ "Star-Studded 'What's Going On' Disc Due". Billboard. 2001-10-22. Retrieved 2018-04-24.
  11. ^ Carter, Brooke (2017-03-19). "What Happened to O-Town - The Group Members in 2018". The Gazette Review. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  12. ^ "David Byrne "Look Into the Eyeball"". Washington Post. 2001-05-11. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  13. ^ "Interview: Recording David Byrne with Michael Mangini". Avalon Design. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  14. ^ Carter, Brooke (2017-01-31). "What Happened to Joss Stone - News & Updates". The Gazette Review. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  15. ^ Walsh, Christopher (2004-10-02). "Mojo Adds Soul to New Joss Stone Release". Billboard. Retrieved 2004-10-02.
  16. ^ Rapp, Ilana (12 November 2015). "Musical Artist Shayna Leigh Gives Us a Personal Look - Part I". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  17. ^ Fariha (29 April 2016). "Shayna Leigh Sings About Relationships In 'Goodbye July'". OneAvenue.tv. One Avenue. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  18. ^ Atkinson, Katie (2016-04-19). "Jackie Evancho Trades Classical for Pop on Brand-New Song 'Apocalypse': Exclusive Premiere". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  19. ^ Levine, Daniel S. (2017-01-20). "Jackie Evancho: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Heavy.com. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  20. ^ Aubrey, Elizabeth (2018-02-17). "Elise LeGrow at Le Café de la Danse in Paris - review". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-02-26.
  21. ^ Evancho, Jackie. Liner notes, The Debut, JE Touring, Inc., April 2019