It’s been a long road for Chris Mann as he traveled the country touring as the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera and then hitting the east coast for his Constellation album tour. Now, he finally made his way back to Los Angeles and performed at the Catalina Jazz Club after a 5 year drought for his California fans.
Having followed his trajectory from his stint on NBC’s The Voice to present day I was excited to finally see Chris perform live! Granted, I had seen him as the Phantom multiple times and had the pleasure to tour the production while in San Diego but seeing him perform standards is a whole other experience.
Although you can still hear the hints of his operatic training, Mann does a magnificent job of using his vocal mastery to fuse just the right amount of force into the urban and r&b style ballads he performed this past Saturday in Los Angeles. The venue was packed with fans waiting to hear the crooner belt out some of the most popular songs from the Great American Songbook and the Great White Way as well as get a peek at his upcoming album, Urban Sonbook.
Kicking off the night with “My Funny Valentine” Mann captivated the audience with the smooth and melodious vocals accompanied by the live band. He connected with his fans as he danced and belted his way through “Bring Him Home,” “Laura” (which he dedicated to his wife and soon to be mom), a rendition of John Legend’s “All of Me” and “Roads” from his debut album, to name a few songs off his set list.
Of course he also treated us all to his newest genius mashup of Drake and Whitney Houstons’s song titled “I Wanna (One Dance) With Somebody” and he once again sang the iconic Phantom of the Opera’s haunting ballad, “Music of the Night.”
He capped off the night with a beautiful rendition of “Halelujah” accompanied by piano, leaving the room speechless before receiving the second standing ovation of the night.
From the new duet he previewed off his upcoming album, I can confidently say that Chris Mann is giving fellow crooners a run for their money. Watch out Justin Timberlake and Josh Groban, Chris Mann is bringing groovy back.
Take a look at some footage and photos from the show below.
(For more on Chris Mann read The Phantom’s Chris Mann on Music, Recording and Fans)