Mike Performing onstage at the ICGMA Awards
|Genres||Gospel music, country, Christian music|
|Occupation(s)||Christian Music singer, songwriter|
|Years active||1972 – present|
Mike traveled with his brothers Greg and Mark as the Manuel Family Band, which had three single radio releases that climbed to the Singing News top forty. They were also charted as number one in the Christian Country and Country Gospel markets. The brothers traveled and sang their original Inspirational Country music in hundreds of churches and concert halls across the United States and in several foreign countries.
In 1996, Mike Manuel relocated his family to Nashville and began a full-time solo career with a progressive country sound and emphasis. Manuel had a succession of fifteen number one radio singles and over twenty awards from various music organizations, including the Country Gospel Music Association 1998 & 1999 National Entertainer of the Year, 1998 National Songwriter of the Year, and 1999 CCMA Male Vocalist of the year. He has also performed at the Inspirational Country Music Awards along with many other well-known Country artists such as Wynona Judd, Josh Turner, and Diamond Rio, where he won the 2006 Songwriter of the Year award. Manuel is a board member of the International Country Gospel Music Association. Manuel received the prestigious 2015 Sandy Hosey Lifetime Achievement Award during the Artists Music Guild's 2015 AMG Heritage Awards broadcast held on November 14, 2015 in Monroe, NC.
On May 30, 2008, Manuel and his brothers Greg and Mark Manuel were sued in federal court for securities fraud. The lawsuit accused them of setting up a Ponzi scheme to trick investors, including Debbie Smith, a former Christian singer, into giving them money with the promises of large returns and misrepresenting themselves as licensed investment professionals. Mark and Greg Manuel are listed as officers of MPire Holdings, LLC (a.k.a. MRI Holdings). Plaintiffs Jerry and Deborah Smith alleged that the company had been set up as a legal front. On December 23, 2009, the Manuel brothers filed a motion pro se in Federal Court asking for the charges to be dismissed, but the motion was denied by a judge. According to a report by WSMV-TV of Nashville, all three Manuel brothers were disassociating themselves from their legal identities and declaring themselves a "Sovereign Nation". On September 26, 2011, a default judgment in the amount of $187,000 was entered against Mike Manuel, Greg Manuel, and Mark Manuel.
- Tony Rutherford (December 27, 2009). "Defendant in Securities Fraud Suit Judgment Debtor in $50 Million Florida Class Action: Con Man Allegedly Conned in Tennessee?". Huntington News Network. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- Associated Press, "'Believe' Wins Inspirational Song Award", November 10, 2006, online at Highbeam (subscription required)
- ICGMA Board Members, International Country Gospel Music Association.
- Awards, 2015 AMG Heritage. "Mike Manuel takes home honors at the 2015 AMG Heritage Awards". Artists Music Guild. Artists Music Guild. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
- Complaint, May 30, 2008, Jerry Smith et al. v. MPIRE Holdings, LLC, Mark Manuel, Greg Manuel, Mike Manuel et al., case no. 3:08-cv-00549, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville Div.).
- Tony Rutherford (December 26, 2009). "Apolistic Life Church, Minister, Others Sued by Fifth Third: Defendant Mark Manuel Was Sued for Securities Fraud in Tennessee". Huntington News. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- "Report and Recommendation" (PDF). United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Division. December 23, 2009. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- Jeremy Finley (February 5, 2010). "Church Leaders Accused Of Ponzi Scheme Deny Identities". WSMV-TV. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
- Order, Sept. 26, 2011, Jerry Smith et al. v. MPIRE Holdings, LLC, Mark Manuel, Greg Manuel, Mike Manuel et al., case no. 3:08-cv-00549, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Nashville Div.).