Billy Mann, raised in inner-city Philadelphia, built his career on the foundation of his incredible passion for artists, music and its creation. Over the years, that passion and his continued hard work have evolved into writing and producing for many of the biggest recording artists in the world spanning multiple genres, languages, and continents.
Mann has received two Grammy nominations for his work with P!nk on 2007's "Stupid Girls" and 2013's "The Truth About Love" as well as other awards around the world. He has worked with an immensely talented array of artists that includes Cher, Robyn, Sting, John Legend, Take That, Kelly Rowland, Seeed, Ricky Martin, Hall & Oates, Backstreet Boys, Martina McBride and Celine Dion, among many others.
His incredible success is born out of a simple adage: "No d!cks. No divas. No drama." Today this is his company's motto and it dictates all relationships between employees, partners, and clients. Mann believes that commercial success, creativity, innovation and transparency with talent can and should co-exist and every relationship should be tailor-made.
After graduating from college at the age of 20 and becoming a street musician directly thereafter, Mann continued to hone his skills as a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and engineer. By 1994, he was signed as an artist to A&M Records, and during his time with them released two modest but critically acclaimed solo albums. This experience provided him the opportunity to begin collaborating with other artists, writing and eventually producing their hit songs.
His credibility as a musician and equally veritable business sense cemented the faith of artists, talent representatives and media executives. In turn, they continue to seek his guidance in artist development, commercial vision, and his ability to create hit songs. The strength of these relationships bolstered Mann to the point where he was able to break out on his own, forming one-man office and studio Stealth Entertainment in New York in 2001.
Stealth Entertainment grew quickly and soon became a strong team of young executives who went on to develop multi-platinum, award-winning and chart-topping artists, songwriters, producers, and mixing engineers. Through this work, Stealth also forged strong relationships with formidable companies such as Sony Pictures Television, Target, Levi's, and Seventeen Magazine.
In 2007, Stealth was acquired by EMI and Mann was appointed a member of the company's Operating Board, as well as a Creative Advisor. By the end of that year, he'd been upped to Chief Creative Officer of EMI.
The following year, he was appointed President of New Music A&R International, and President of Global Artist Management. These new roles allowed him to oversee EMI's rosters in over 30 countries and the development of some of the company's most successful international artists and partnerships to date. At the time, EMI Chairman Roger Faxson hailed Mann's "singular light of optimism and confidence" as something that helped redefine the business during a time when the recording industry and EMI was undergoing enormous change.
In 2010, Mann moved on from EMI to become President of BMG Rights Management North America. A year later, he was named CEO/Chairman of a hybrid label/publishing company for songwriters called Green & Bloom/Topline, in partnership with BMG Chrysalis. The company currently has over 2000 copyrights and looks after writers/artists including Allen Stone (Capitol Records), Justin Stanley (Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), and Vassy (David Guetta, Afrojack).
Mann also started Manncom Cree-8-iV, a boutique music management/services company that represents artists such as Oh Honey (Atlantic Records) and producers including David Schuler (Pink, John Legend, Tina Arena), Christian Medice (Allen Stone, Oh Honey, Bonnie Anderson), and Grammy-nominated mixing engineer Veronica Ferraro (David Guetta, Fredde Le Grande, Belinda, Pink).
A vehement proponent of work/life balance, Mann finds a portion of that balance through his philanthropic work, as a board member of Autism Speaks. He and his wife were recently honored with the Advocacy Champion Award by AS board members Suzanne & Bob Wright and Dee & Tommy Hilfiger at The Met Winter Ball for Autism as a result of his work with the organization. At EMI, he led more than 50 of their artists to action with the Red Cross following the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile in an initiative that he named "Answer the Call." He's also the co-founder of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and was an elected Governor representing songwriters for the New York chapter of NARAS.
Mann is a talented speaker and mentor to many and has been the keynote speaker at The Music Business Association (formerly known as NARM - The National Association of Retail Merchandisers), SESAC, VocalizeU, and has appeared in music and non-music publications around the globe over the course of his career.
Mann resides in Connecticut and is a proud husband and father who is devoted to the hit life over the hit song.