My experiences belong to the youth. My story is theirs to use as motivation so that they can physically see, hear, and reference somebody who has achieved the dreams they are chasing.
Emmanuel “Manny” Deanda is a Pittsburgh native and lifelong music enthusiast, who formed his first RnB group, Crave, with members of his school choir at Westinghouse High School. The group eventually achieved three #1 singles on local station WAMO 106.7 and headlined WAMO’s Summer Jam in 2007. While touring and networking nationally with prominent rap and hip hop artists, Crave was also recognized for their success and charity work by receiving a proclamation and key to the city from Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.
After connecting with Bluestar Entertainment, Manny signed a major recording contract in 2008, appearing on television and touring internationally as part of the group Pretty Ricky.
Moving back to Pittsburgh in pursuit of a solo career, Manny chose to prioritize “giving back my time, my experiences, my knowledge and my skills to inspire the youth. I remember as a young man in school, I was inspired to become a singer. However, I had no local examples of artists that were accessible for mentorship.”
He combines his gifts as a singer, songwriter, and self-taught pianist as a solo artist, collaborator, and Teaching Artist. Manny has taught music theory, dance, performing arts, and songwriting through many arts and educational institutions including YMCA Lighthouse, 1Hood Multi-Media Academy, The Student Achievement Center, and Homewood Renaissance Association.