William "Billy" Hort Mann, an inner-city Philadelphia native began his career as a traveling singer- songwriter, studio-musician and ultimately signed to an A&M Records imprint (DV8) in 1994 that led to two modest solo releases. However, Mann successfully converted his artist opportunity into access to write and produce hit songs for others and, ultimately, many of the biggest recording artists in the world. His credibility - having been both a struggling and critically acclaimed artist himself - helped cement the faith of artists, talent representatives and media executives around the world who continue to turn to Mann time and again for help with hits, songs, artist development and commercial vision.
The diversity of global talent with whom Mann has worked speaks for itself: Pink, David Guetta, Robyn, John Legend, Take That, Sting, Ricky Martin, Tiziano Ferro, Backstreet Boys, Anastacia, Celine Dion, Kelly Rowland, Delta Goodrem, Seeed, Hall & Oates, Art Garfunkel, Boyzone, Phyllis Hyman, Helene Fischer, Peter Fox, Pablo Alboran, Bebe, Flex, CaroleKing, Jessica Andrews, Martina McBride, Josh Groban, Ilse De Lange, (the late) Grover Washington Jr., Deana Carter, Tarkan, Teddy Geiger, Paul Van Dyk, Monrose, Jessica Simpson, Joss Stone, Paty Cantu, Frida Gold and many others.
As a composer, Billy (a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and engineer) has the rare ability to create and crossover from pop to rock, and from dance to R&B to country/folk. His commercial instincts, positive reinforcement leadership style, ability to deliver, and boundless creativity continue to make him one of the most in demand creative forces around the globe.
In 2001, Mann founded Stealth Entertainment in New York City's garment district. The one-man office and studio grew into a team of young executives who went on to develop multi-platinum, award-winning and chart-topping artists, songwriters, producers and mixing engineers. In addition, Stealth built successful alliances/partnerships with organizations like Seventeen Magazine, Sony Pictures Television, Target, Levi's and other brands on behalf of the company and its roster. (As part of Mann's later move to EMI, Stealth was acquired in 2007.)
In November of 2007, Mann joined EMI Music first as Creative Advisor and a member of the Operating Board. Quickly thereafter, Mann was appointed Chief Creative Officer until 2008 when Mann, who also speaks Spanish, took on the roles of President of New Music A&R International and President of Global Artist Management, overseeing EMI's rosters in over 30 countries around the world. During his years with the company, Mann helmed the development of some of EMI's most successful international artists and partnerships including David Guetta, Bebe, Juan Luis Guerra, Tiziano Ferro, Robyn, Pablo Alboran, Paty Cantu, Belinda, Wind Up and Movic, among others. Additionally, he helped develop artist management initiatives in countries around the world (most notably, Spain, Germany, Italy and the United States) in order to expand the way EMI develops talent. Most meaningful to Mann was his ability to lead more than 50 EMI artists from around the world to action with the Red Cross following the earthquakes in Haiti and--later--Chile in an EMI initiative he named "Answer The Call."
As a creative media executive, Mann believes that commercial success, creativity, innovation and transparency with talent can and should co-exist but that each relationship should be tailor-made. At EMI, his leadership style was described as an extreme motivator whose ‘singular light of optimism and confidence' (in the words of present EMI Chairman Roger Faxon) helped redefine the business during critical times. Departing from a more profitable EMI in spite of the battle for corporate ownership, Mann moved on to create new ventures that embrace quality content, technology, and contrarian approaches in order to further drive positive change across the media industry.
With a constant eye on digital media since before his corporate tenure, Mann is Chairman of the Creative Advisory Board of LOCKERZ, Inc., a Seattle, WA an international social commerce website based out of Seattle, WA. The site claimed 19 million members as of July 2011 in 195 different countries. Lockerz is funded by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), the Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and online media conglomerate Liberty Media. In August 2011, Lockerz also received funding from Live Nation.
At the end of 2010, Mann was named President of Creative, BMG North America and has since been named Chairman/CEO of a new hybrid label/publishing company for songwriters called Green & Bloom Entertainment, in partnership with BMG Chrysalis and he founded alongside it Manncom Cree-8-iV. In it's first few months, the company has already built a publishing catalog of over 700 copyrights. In addition to creating music for WWE, NIVEA and other brands, in only months Green & Bloom has more than 30 slated releases in 2012 with artists varying from P!nk to John Legend to international stars in Germany, Australia, UK, and Latin America such as Seeed, Paty Cantu, Ricki-Lee Coulter, and Frida Gold. As part of his latest venture, Mann continues to work alongside the BMG creative team globally, and in addition continues to write, produce, sign and develop established and new talent.
Mann balances his professional life with his passion for family and community. An autism rights activist, he is a board member of Autism Speaks and co-founder of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Mann was also an elected Governor representing songwriters for the New York Chapter of NARAS. The Mann family lives proudly, passionately and happily in Connecticut.