Just a note for now:
So ever wonder why awesome singers support Autism Speaks and not Autistic people? Well, with one of my fave singers, Pink!, the issue is Billy Mann.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with this name — Billy Mann is a songwriter, record producer, music publisher and founder/CEO of so much.
Know for his work with EMI and more. He also sits on the board of Autism Speaks and is the ‘writer’ of “I Am Autism.” That commercial that launched a hate wave of hell against autistics that we still suffer.
The one he said he apologized for .. but didn’t. Instead he added further insult to injury.
This man had a ‘feeling’ and pushed it on the world — over the voices of Autistic people. Over the voices of parents of Autistics.
Over the voices of Autistic parents of Autistics. Because … he had … emos … about parenting an Autistic child. So now all Autistics around the world suffer. We have no real healthcare. No real supports. We’re battling misinformation and outright lies.
OH, and here we have Billy Mann and his fucked up ideas of Autistics and he’s directing our lives, treatment of our bodies and more.
He has used his power, money, influence to control the direction of Autistic people’s lives according to his ideas and agenda. According to his tragedy narrative.
Talk about oppression. Billy Mann used his privilege, ableism, bigotry and powerful influence to silence Autistics … for years now.
He created a culture we suffer today. The hate. The stigma. The brutality.
Get him out of my Autistic children’s and my healthcare. Billy Mann has NO business with his Hollywood Autism whinefest affecting the world population of Autistics. None.
— Eve Reiland
William “Billy” H. Mann (born December 20, 1968) is an American songwriter, record producer, creative executive, music publisher, and founder/CEO of independent music publishing company Green & Bloom/Topline, as well as chairman of management firm Manncom.
Over a 25-year period, Mann has built his career from street musician to recording artist to entrepreneur and music industry executive. In the process he has written songs and/or produced records for/with an array of artists, including P!nk, John Legend, Celine Dion, Take That, Backstreet Boys, Cher, David Guetta, Kelly Rowland, Jessica Simpson, Ricky Martin, Anastacia, Art Garfunkel, Sting, Joss Stone, Robyn, Grover Washington, Jr., Chaka Khan, Boyzone, Paula Abdul, Helene Fischer, Cher Lloyd, Paul Van Dyk and Hilary Duff and Jennifer Brown.
Since penning his first Top 10 hit in the UK for EMI in 1995 with “3 Is Family” by Dana Dawson, Mann has racked up several Top 40 hits around the world (including several Top 10s and number 1s), with cumulative album sales of over 110 million.
About.com named Mann one of the Top 10 Producers of 2006. In addition to some of the artists listed above, he has worked in a production capacity with such Grammy-winning producer legends as Peter Asher, Walter Afanasieff, David Foster and James Stroud.
Production and writing credits include
P!nk: Try This, I’m Not Dead, Funhouse, Greatest Hits … So Far, The Truth About Love, Beautiful Trauma, Hurts 2B Human
Cher: Closer to the truth
Celine Dion: Let’s Talk About Love
Josh Groban: Closer (Website Exclusive version)
Backstreet Boys: Never Gone, Unbreakable
Michael Bolton: Only a Woman Like You
Teddy Geiger: Step Ladder, Underage Thinking, Snow Blankets the Night
Ricky Martin: Life
Martina McBride: Emotions
Robyn: My Truth
Kelly Rowland: Simply Deep, Ms. Kelly
Jonas Bros: It’s About Time
Hall & Oates: Do It for Love
Jessica Simpson: Irresistible, In This Skin
Joss Stone: Introducing Joss Stone
Take That: Beautiful World
Paul van Dyk: Out There and Back
Amanda Marshall: Everybody’s Got a Story
Frida Gold: Liebe Ist Meine Religion
Natalie Imbruglia: Male
Jennifer Brown Vera
In 2001, Mann founded Stealth Entertainment in New York City’s garment district. The one-man office and studio grew into a team of a half dozen young executives who went on to develop multi-platinum, award-winning and chart-topping artists, songwriters, producers and mixing engineers like Andy Zulla, Christopher Rojas, Teddy Geiger, Esmee Denters and Pete Wallace, all of whom met Mann at the earliest stages in their careers.
In addition to developing talent, Stealth built successful alliances/partnerships with organizations like Seventeen Magazine, Columbia Records, SonyBMG Special Projects, Target, Levi’s and other brands on behalf of the company and its roster. Stealth was acquired as part of Mann’s later move to EMI.
As a consultant, Mann has worked with Zomba Group, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television, Warner-Chappell, Red Bull Media House, BMG Chrysalis, Bliss Legal and BMG International. He has also been featured as a guest music commentator on The Today Show
He is an advisor on Scenebot Stage.
Autism Speaks Board Member
Music Producer, Songwriter
CEO of Green Bloom, Inc/BMG, a Joint Venture between Mann and KKR/BMG Chrysalis Rights Management
William “Billy” Mann, a Philadelphia native, began his career as a singer-songwriter, signing to A&M Records in 1994.
During that same period, he began writing, arranging and producing records for what became a string of releases with many of the biggest music artists in the world, reaching sales of more than 125 million albums that earned Grammys, Grammy nominations, Juno Awards and more.
P!nk, Robyn, Art Garfunkel, Sheryl Crow, John Legend, Take That, Sting, Joss Stone and Martina McBride are among the long list of prestigious artists in his discography.
In 2001, Mann established a development company, Stealth Entertainment, which went on to build multi-platinum, award-winning, chart-topping songwriters, artists, producers and mixing engineers, with special focus on brand partnerships.
In 2007, Mr. Mann joined EMI Music as creative advisor and a member of the board. He was subsequently appointed chief creative officer before taking on the roles of president of New Music A&R International and president of Global Artist Management. While at EMI, Mr. Mann oversaw EMI’s rosters in more than 30 countries around the world and led the development of some of the company’s most successful international artists, including David Guetta, Bebe, Helene Fischer, Tiziano Ferro, Robyn, Pablo Albaron and Empire of the Sun, among others.
In 2010, Mr. Mann was named president of creative for BMG Rights Management, North America, and founded Manncom Creative Partners and Green & Bloom/TOPL1NE Entertainment — a new hybrid development/publishing company, which he chairs in partnership with BMG.
In 2015, Mr. Mann founded The Colors You Like with filmmaker Torre Catalano, a Los Angeles-based company that meets the creative, strategic and marketing needs of corporations, brands, artists and events.
In addition to being a member of Autism Speaks national board, Mr. Mann is a co-founder of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and was an elected Governor of Songwriters in New York for the National Academy of Arts & Sciences (Grammys).
In 2007, Mr. Mann helped draft the autism policy for the Obama/Biden presidential campaign (also securing a dedicated “autism” destination on their digital platform) and later had the honor of watching his oldest son, Jasper, receive the first pen in the Oval Office from President Obama after he signed H.R. 2005, the Combatting Autism Reauthorization Act in 2011.
In December 2013, The Manns were presented the Champion Award at The Winter Ball at the Met by the honorable U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-Pa.), one of the original sponsors of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE). Mr. Mann resides in Connecticut and is a proud husband and the father of four children.