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Michael McManus has already accomplished a great deal in his musical career including working with GRAMMY-winning artists and producers in studios in Memphis, Nashville, and Burbank, recording on major label albums, touring across the nation and performing on television multiple times, among other things.

At only fifteen years of age, Michael joined his first band and they were selected to play several big shows including the 2003 Mid-South GRAMMY Showcase, Dick Clark’s ABC 50th Anniversary of Rock N’ Roll and opening up for major label acts such as Breaking Benjamin.

Shortly after the bands’ break up, Michael was asked to tour with Wind-Up recording artist Breaking Point. The band played a number of shows together, including one televised performance and a show in San Jose, California with artist Anna Nalick. Michael was twenty years old at the time. “Being flown across the nation to perform in front of thousands of people is something you never forget, especially when you are only twenty years old. It makes the experience all the better.”

Shortly afterwards, Michael was asked by Breaking Point lead guitarist and songwriter Justin Rimer to play drums on all of the demos for the new 12 Stones record entitled Anthem For The Underdog, which Rimer was co-producing along with GRAMMY-winning producer Skidd Mills. 12 Stones’ singer, Paul McCoy, won a GRAMMY for his performance in Evanescence’s “Bring Me To Life.” Thus began the beginning of McManus’ studio career. After the completion of the demos, Michael was asked by Skidd Mills and fellow GRAMMY-winning producer Paul Ebersold to play on many more demos and master tracks. Demos on which McManus is playing include bands such as Rev Theory, GRAMMY-nominated Christian group Pillar, Kutless, Fallbrooke, The Dares (Jive Records), and many more.

Additionally, master tracks on which he is playing include “Survive” by Sick Puppies, which is featured on their most recent album entitled Tri-Polar. He is also playing drums on the new Deepfield record (who currently have a 6 song EP out) and on an album by a band called The Fairwell, featuring Zach Myers of Shinedown. Moreover, he was asked to tour with a group named Ingram Hill in which they toured multiple states across the nation.

McManus also played drums on a record by a Norwegian artist by the name of Sáivu (featuring Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses). The majority of the material was recorded in Memphis with Skidd Mills, but McManus was asked to record additional material in Nashville and Burbank, California with acclaimed producer/mixer Ben Grosse, whose credits include Filter, Fuel and Marilyn Manson, to name a few. McManus has been featured in DRUM! magazine, Modern Drummer (online blog) and Tunelab Music. Additionally, he obtained a degree in Music Business from The University of Memphis.

McManus’ favorite writings were also the favorites of The King Of Rock N’ Roll, Elvis Presley. They are The Penalty of Leadership, which McManus’ grandfather personally gave to Elvis which remains in his Graceland study today, and The Man Who Counts, by Theodore Roosevelt. They talk of ambition and dreams, both of which McManus has plenty, and which he continues to follow each and every day.

Michael was a member of 12 Stones from May 2010 to December 2011. The band recently finished their newest album Beneath the Scars due out in 2012. Their first single "Bulletproof" reached number one on the CMW Christian Rock Chart and their second single "Infected" is out now. One of McManus' last tours with the band was to Japan and Guam to play for the troops via Armed Forces Entertainment.

Michael is now a member of Platinum-selling rock band Saving Abel. He just recently completed his drum tracks for the new album due out in 2012 and they are set to hit the road in March.