NEWS SOURCE: Merge PR
September 16, 2013
NASHVILLE, TENN., September 16, 2013 - Three-time Dove Award Nominee Manafest has penned his personal story and will be releasing his first book, "Fighter: Five Keys to Conquering Fear and Reaching Your Dreams," next month on October 7. This book is a long time in the making as he began writing ideas over one-and-half years ago as he toured worldwide and released his best-selling album Fighter on BEC Recordings (2012).
"I don't know about you, but I love books," shares Christopher Greenwood aka Manafest. "I could point to different books in my library and tell you how they've changed my life. With music I only have a few minutes in a song to share my heart and sometimes even less after a show interacting with fans. So with the book 'Fighter,' I thought I could really give my fans more of me - to hear where I've come from, and how I've become a fighter."
This book was supported by fans through a fully-funded Pledge Music campaign. As a part of this campaign, Manafest is donating five percent of the pledges to World Vision. Manafest partnered with co-writer Shannon Constantine Logan on this book.
A fighter himself, Manafest knows what it means to have a fight. His uphill climb began at age five when his father committed suicide. Years of childhood insecurity and fear gave way to a promising skateboarding
"Whether it's family, personal, or professional, it's been a fight," he says of a life and career that, despite their many layers and successes, are really just beginning to step into the ring. "I've had the willingness to bear pain to get through all this, and I'm winning now. 'Fighter' was made to keep bringing a light to people; keep fighting.
Manafest also continues to create new music and tour relentlessly. He has recently released a fresh new song, "Overboard," to radio and digital outlets. The single has been charting at Hot AC/CHR, Rock charts and on the National Christian Audience chart. Click here to watch the official music video for "Overboard." With the release of this new single, Manafest is getting his fans ready for a new album, which he is currently working on in-between
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ABOUT MANAFEST: Over the past decade, Chris Greenwood has used the moniker Manafest to organically build his fan base playing over 1000 shows on 4 continents. In 2006, Manafest released Glory from which the rock anthem "Impossible," featuring Thousand Foot Krutch's Trevor McNevan, became a global hit. In 2008, Manafest followed up with Citizens Activ, which catapulted success garnering multiple TV placements and his overall presence in the US and internationally. In 2010, Manafest released his most critically acclaimed project, The Chase, which he received his second JUNO Award nomination as well as won a 2010 GMA Canada Award. In June 2011, Manafest released his first self-titled live DVD / CD. Touring worldwide Manafest has also traveled to the United Kingdom, Ireland, New Zealand, Japan and United States.
Last year Manafest released his fifth studio album, Fighter, which debuted in the Top 20 on the iTunes® Rock album chart at No. 16 and was the highest career debut for Manafest landing at No. 7 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. Manafest spent weeks touring in Japan and China supporting the international release of Fighter where he debuted at No. 8 on the Japan iTunes chart. In addition to the radio and international success, Manafest's Fighter received wide acclaim from the media. Media said that the album was "lyrically intense," "packs a power punch," and an "ambitious blend of rap, hip-hop and Rock." Fighter was recently nominated for a 2013 Dove Award.