Manafest rocks Moose Jaw

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Juno nominee brings message of positivity

Manafest (aka Chris Greenwood) played at Joe's Place Saturday night, offering music with a positive message for the crowd.

A message of positivity was dealt out to Moose Jaw youth Saturday night in the form of musical entertainment.

Manafest (whose real name is Chris Greenwood) performed at Joe’s Place Saturday night to a packed audience.

The Juno nominated musician is currently pushing his 2012 release Fighter, which was produced by Adam Messinger of Justin Bieber fame. Fighter is his fifth studio album and according to his website, “focuses on the Toronto native’s losses and draws hurting people toward inspiration.”

“Tonight will be a mixture from Fighter and The Chase,” (his fourth studio album) Greenwood said, when asked what the set list will consist of before the concert.

He has been on a tour of Western Canada, with Moose Jaw being his second last show before heading back home to California.

“We played in Lethbridge last night ... and our last show will be at the Victory Church in Regina,” Greenwood told the Times-Herald.

Greenwood hails from Pickering, Ontario, and was highly involved in skateboarding before an accident sidelined him and made him pick up a microphone.

“I still skate, I was jumping off some stairs and landed on the side of my board and had bad internal bruising,” Greenwood said about the injury that led him towards his successful music career.

When asked what advice he would give to people who want to get involved in the music business, he said patience is a big part of it, “Don’t look for overnight success, it takes time and hard work.”

“I’m releasing a book in June that covers courage and perseverance and a lot more tours are planned,” Greenwood offered when asked what the spring and summer have in store for fans.

Over the past 11 years, Greenwood has been building up his fan base with national and international touring, and now has a band backing him for concerts.

“It’s a completely different show than before,” Greenwood said about touring and performing with musicians.

For more on this article pick up the Times-Herald.

Organizations: Victory Church, Times-Herald

Geographic location: California, Moose Jaw, Toronto Western Canada Lethbridge Regina Pickering Ontario

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