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    Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:15:12

    T-Pain Discovers Manny X, Handpicks Him as Grand Prize Winner For... - "Guitar Center Presents Your Next Record"

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    Congrats to Manny X!

    After months of collaborating with Guitar Center on the music retailer's inspirational Your Next Record music discovery program, and after weeks of carefully sifting through hundreds of finalists, Grammy winning artist, writer, and producer, T-Pain has named Emmanuel Ruiz aka Manny X, from Providence, RI winner of the groundbreaking unsigned artist competition.

    As the winner, Manny X will be awarded with not only a potentially career-making opportunity, but also a grand prize package valued at $27,000. The grand prize package includes all new gear by Guitar Center, Akai, iZotope, Shure and AVID and the unprecedented opportunity to fly to Los Angeles to work with T-Pain and record his debut EP. All songs on the EP will be produced by T-Pain and Young Fyre.

    The Next Record with T-Pain Grand Prize Package Includes:
    • A 3-song EP produced by Young Fyre (produced several tracks on T-Pains rEVOLVEr album)
    • T-Pain to produce and write on winner's single
    • Complete Pro-tools HD Native recording studio from AVID
    • AKAI MPC 5000 music production studio
    • New gear and products from SHURE, iZotope and ROCKSTAR Energy Drink
    • Worldwide music distribution through TuneCore

    "I know how tough it can be for up and coming artists out there struggling to be discovered so I am all about finding that next, fresh, new, exciting sound which is what drew me to Manny X," said T-Pain. "I can't wait to get into the studio, lay down some tracks with him and get the EP out to the fans."

    Listen to Manny X's winning track here.

    Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and raised in Providence, RI, Emmanuel Ruiz began performing at the tender age of six. It wasn't until his early teens that Emmanuel was wooed by the world of R&B, instantly marveled by the emotion and messages the songs portrayed. By 2008, he had taken the moniker Manny X, and began releasing a series of albums, mixtapes and EPs including 2009's Planet X, 2011's Before H.E.R. and most recently Songs About H.E.R..

    His journey into songwriting has not only earned him fans in the US and beyond, but it has also sharpened his abilities and fine tuned his sound, leaving Manny X with a smooth and soulful voice sure to leave a lasting impression in the hearts of R&B fans.

    Did you check out Manny X's winning track?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    06.25.12



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