Billy Mann

born on 30/12/1968 in Philadelphia, PA, United States

Alias William Hort "Billy" Mann

Billy Mann

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Billy Mann
Also known as William Hort-Mann, Billy Mann

William Billy H. Mann (born December 20, 1968) is an American songwriter, record producer, creative executive, music publisher, and founder/CEO of independent music publishing company Green & Bloom/Topline,[1] as well as chairman of management firm Manncom.[2]

Over a 20-year period, Mann has built his career from street musician to recording artist to entrepreneur and music industry executive. In the process he has written songs and/or produced records for/with an array of artists,[3] including P!nk, John Legend, Celine Dion, Take That, Martina McBride, Backstreet Boys, Cher, David Guetta,[4] Kelly Rowland, Jessica Simpson, Teddy Geiger, Ricky Martin, Anastacia, Art Garfunkel, Tiziano Ferro, Sting, Joss Stone, Robyn, Grover Washington, Jr., Hall & Oates, Seeed, Carole King, Deana Carter, Brenda K. Starr, Chaka Khan, Boyzone, Paula Abdul, Pablo Alborán, Cher Lloyd, Ricki-Lee Coulter, Paul Van Dyk and Hilary Duff.

Since penning his first Top 10 hit in the UK for EMI in 1995 with 3 Is Family by Dana Dawson,[5] Mann has racked up several Top 40 hits[6] around the world (including several Top 10s and #1s),[7] with cumulative album sales of over 110 million.[8]

Early life and education

Born in Philadelphia, PA[9] as the youngest of three children.[10] By age 12, Mann had put together several bands with other young local musicians, including such current musicians as Steve Wolf[11] Born to middle class parents, Mann lived with his mother in Philadelphias inner city after his parents divorce. From early childhood, he began experimenting with songwriting and taught himself guitar, piano, bass, harmonica, baritone horn and flute.[12] By age 12, Mann had put together several bands with other young local musicians, including such current musicians as Steve Wolf,[13] Clayton Sears[14] and Adam Dorn (a.k.a. Mocean Worker).[15]

Mann attended the Philadelphia High School for the Creative & Performing Arts (CAPA)[16] for Vocal Music, alongside members of Boyz II Men, The Roots, Christian McBride and Joey DeFrancesco.



A college graduate by 20, Mann immediately began his professional career as a traveling musician.[17] After stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and London, Mann landed in New York, where a chance encounter[18] with producer Ric Wake, put together by songwriter/performer Gregg Wattenberg, resulted in a recording contract.[19] Wake then introduced Mann to then A&M Records label head, Al Cafaro; Mann was ultimately signed to Wakes imprint DV8 Records, distributed by A&M.[20]

The deal led to two solo releases: 1996s Billy Mann[21] and 1998s Earthbound'.[22] Inspired by the loss of his first wife Rema Hort Mann, to stomach cancer nine months after they were married, Earthbound was co-produced by Mann and David Kershenbaum and featured an appearance by Carole King.

Following the release of Earthbound, Mann relocated to Europe, where he worked as a writer, producer and executive producer for a number of artists/labels, establishing connections with a network of music industry executives that set him on a new career path.


As a Grammy-nominated songwriter,[23] Mann has penned songs for artists around the globe in multiple formats, languages and genres, including pop, rock, dance, R&B, reggae, house and country.[24] Self-publishing his own catalog, he also has publishing credits with Sony/ATV, Warner/Chappell, Verse and BMG Chrysalis. Manns songwriting collaborators have included established names such as Carole King, Robi Draco Rosa, Desmond Child, Graham Lyle and Walter Afanasieff, as well as new songwriters like Dave Boyblue Schuler, Christian Medice and Sara Bjurman. Of particular note is Mann's long-standing collaboration with P!nk, another Philadelphia native, who was introduced to Mann in 2002 by her then co-manager Craig Logan. They since have co-written such songs as God Is A DJ, Stupid Girls, Dear Mr. President, Nobody Knows, Im Not Dead, Crystal Ball, Glitter in the Air, Bridge of Light, The Truth About Love and Beam Me Up. They have twice been nominated for Grammys, for Stupid Girls and The Truth About Love.[25]

Record producer named Mann one of the Top 10 Producers of 2006.[26] In addition to some of the artists listed above, he has worked in a production capacity with such Grammy-winning producer legends as Peter Asher, Amanda Marshall, David Foster, Kristy Starling, Josh Groban, James Stroud and Jessica Andrews.

Production and writing credits

  • P!nk: Try This, I'm Not Dead, Funhouse, Greatest Hits  So Far, The Truth About Love
  • Cher: Closer to the truth
  • Celine Dion: Lets Talk About Love
  • Josh Groban: Closer (Website Exclusive version)
  • Backstreet Boys: Never Gone, Unbreakable
  • Michael Bolton: Only a Woman Like You
  • Teddy Geiger: Step Ladder, Underage Thinking, Snow Blankets the Night
  • Ricky Martin: Life
  • Martina McBride: Emotions
  • Robyn: My Truth
  • Kelly Rowland: Simply Deep, Ms. Kelly
  • Jonas Bros: Its About Time
  • Hall & Oates: Do It for Love
  • Jessica Simpson: Irresistible, In This Skin
  • Joss Stone: Introducing Joss Stone
  • Take That: Beautiful World
  • Paul van Dyk: Out There and Back
  • Amanda Marshall: Everybodys Got a Story
  • Seeed: Seeed
  • Frida Gold: Liebe Ist Meine Religion
  • Hilary Duff: TBA
  • Natalie Imbruglia: TBA (2014)


In 2001, Mann founded Stealth Entertainment[27] in New York City's garment district. The one-man office and studio grew into a team of a half dozen young executives who went on to develop multi-platinum, award-winning and chart-topping artists, songwriters, producers and mixing engineers like Andy Zulla, Christopher Rojas, Teddy Geiger,[28] Esmee Denters[29] and Pete Wallace, all of whom met Mann at the earliest stages in their careers.

In addition to developing talent, Stealth built successful alliances/partnerships with organizations like Seventeen Magazine,[30] Columbia Records, SonyBMG Special Projects,Target, Levi's and other brands on behalf of the company and its roster. Stealth was acquired as part of Mann's later move to EMI.

As a consultant, Mann has worked with Zomba Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television, Warner-Chappell, Lockerz, BMG Chrysalis, Bliss Legal and BMG International. He has also been featured as a guest music commentator on The Today Show[31]


In November 2007, Mann joined EMI Music as creative advisor and a member of the operating board.[32] Soon after, he was appointed chief creative officer; in 2008, he was made president of new music a&r international and president of global artist management, overseeing content on all continents.

During his years with the company, Mann helmed the development of some of EMIs most successful international artists and partnerships, including David Guetta, Pablo Alboran, Bebe, Juan Luis Guerra, Tiziano Ferro, Robyn, Panda, Paty Cantu, Belinda, Wind Up and Movic, among others. Additionally, he helped develop artist management initiatives in several countries (including Spain, Germany, Italy and the United States) in order to expand the way EMI developed talent. Throughout his EMI tenure, Mann also acted as the non-executive chairman for Stealth Entertainment, which in its latter years focused primarily on songwriter/producer management.

During EMIs most turbulent period, Mann worked under four CEOs in a mere three years, and carried on through each regime change. EMIs final CEO Roger Faxon announced Manns departure from the company in a glowing letter that reflected the impact on the organization.[33]

In January 2011, Mann was named president of creative, BMG North America, overseeing the creative staff in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville in managing the roster integration of recently acquired companies, and leading efforts to attract, develop, and sign new content.[34]

At the end of 2011, Mann founded Manncom, a boutique management/services company alongside a publishing venture with BMG Chrysalis, Green & Bloom/Topline. The latter seeks to create an independent songwriter community to provide songwriters with a more hands-on publishing experience and strategic partner to navigate the inner workings of the music industry. During its first year, Green & Bloom/Topline achieved multiple Top 10 album debuts around the world, as well as several Top 10 singles.[35] In 2013, BMG extended its investment in Green & Bloom | date=5 November 2007

The Green & Bloom/Topline roster includes Allen Stone, Condola Rashad, Josh Wink, Justin Stanley, Dave Boyblue Schuler, Tracklacers, Rob Giles, Dres (Black Sheep), Vassy, Hal Linton and Jason Lehning with copyrights on releases like Macklemores The Heist, The Saturdays, Mat Kearney, P!nk, Eric Clapton, Cher and Joe Cocker, among others.

Philanthropy and family

Manns philanthropic involvement includes the development of The Hit Life dedicated to the proposition that the pursuit of a hit life is richer than the pursuit of a hit song alone. He has also spoken at numerous public events. During his tenure at EMI, when devastating earthquakes took place in Haiti and Chile, Mann led more than 50 EMI artists from around the world in an initiative he named "Answer The Call."[36]

As the father of a son with autism, Mann is also a board member of Autism Speaks, member of the Government Policy Committee and co-founder of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation. He and his wife Gena, long-time friends and supporters of President Obama, watched their son receive the first pen from the President in September 2011, when he signed the Combatting Autism Reauthorization Act in the Oval Office.[37]

Mann, his wife and children live in Connecticut.


  1. Thinking Outside of the box: An Interview with Billy Mann, 30 April 2013.
  2. Prince, Cathryn J, Billy Mann, Issue 48.
  3. Advisory Board.
  4. Pichevin, Aymeric, Billboard Q&A: EMI's Billy Mann, 19 October 2009.
  5. Dana Dawson 3 Is Family. Discogs.
  6. Billy Mann. All Music.
  7. Billy Mann's Credits. URL accessed on 14 April 2013.
  8. aol. URL accessed on 14 April 2013.
  9. Floyd, John, Soul on Nice, 25 April 1996.
  10. Moore, Jayne, Hit Writer/Producer Billy Mann Discusses His Hits With Pink, Jessica Simpson And Other Artists.
  11. Wolf. Wolfedelic.
  12. Moore, Jayne, Hit Writer/Producer Billy Mann Discusses His Hits With Pink, Jessica Simpson And Other Artists.
  13. Wolf. Wolfedelic.
  14. Musicians. Dream Quest Records.
  15. Holzmeier, Douglas E (14 June 2011). You Are God's Best Idea:Divine Acceptations and Living the Undeniable Life, Bloomington, IN: Balboa Press.
  16. Homan, Joyce, Playlist Rewind: Pink at the University of the Arts and the Wachovia Center, 6 October 2009.
  17. Baker, Greg, The Voice of Mann, 15 January 1992.
  18. Amorosi, A.D., Ramblin' Mann, 9 May 1996.
  19. Ruggieri, Melissa, Risk-taking Pays Off For Billy Mann, 16 May 1996.
  20. DV8 Entertainment History. On A&M Records.
  21. amazon. Retrieved on 14 April 2013.
  22. amazon. Amazon. Retrieved on 14 April 2013.
  23. SESAC Congratulates our GRAMMY nominees!, 6 December 2012.
  24. Zimmerman, Kevin, Billy Mann Speaks Out.
  25. Chinen, Nate, Something in the Air? It Must Be the Headliner Pink at Madison Square Garden, March 24, 2013. URL accessed on 14 April 2013.
  26. Lamb, Bill. Top 10 Pop Music Producers 2006. Retrieved on 27 February 2013.
  27. Executive Turntable, 24 November 2007.
  28. Gardner, Elysa, C'mon, get happy: TV talent search was Geiger's big break, 3 April 2006.
  29. Sobehart, Nadia, Internet welcomes newcomers to Hollywood, 27 August 2007.
  30. Seventeen Magazine and SONY BMG Music Entertainment Release CD Compilation Inspired by Popular Indie Beat Column, 10 April 2006.
  31. Morrison, Marty, Decision day for 'Superstar', 20 November 2003.
  32. White, Dominic, EMI hires Billy Mann to balance board, 7 November 2007.
  33. Comet Staff, , EMI Restructures, Again, 7 September 2010.
  34. Halperin, Shirley, Billy Mann Named President of Creative at BMG North America, 6 January 2011.
  35. EMI appoints Mike Clasper and Billy Mann to investor board.
  36. emimusic. EMI Music. Retrieved on 14 April 2013.
  37. 2011: A Year of Advocacy Accomplishments. Autism Speaks Official Blog (1 December 2011). Retrieved on 27 February 2013.

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