Powerhouse vocalist and performer Manny Blu, has released the music video for “Might As Well Lead” – available here. Written by Aaron Eshuis, Joe Clemmons, and Logan Wall, the new track gives fans a taste of what they can expect on the new EP to be released later this year. On “Might As Well Lead,” Blu uses the tune of a violin, steady drum beats, and his compelling vocals to belt about how if a lover wants to fall for someone who isn’t the best for them, that they might as well go all in. The video can be seen on YouTube here. The single is available on all streaming services here.
Produced by Ryan Atenhan, directed by Sean Davé, and filmed at the Franklin Theater in Franklin, TN., the video creates a cinematic adventure as black and white tones mixed with pops of colour show a couple falling for each other amongst the shadows. Blu explains that the concept of the song and the video are intertwined as they stem from a personal life experience.
He elaborates, “The concept of the video is a very extreme and overly dramatic story line of love being stronger than anyone’s opinion of who you should share your life with! At the end of the day, you have to be happy about who you are with and who you are with that person. The inspiration of the video comes from a very personal experience of getting back together with someone I had dated. We knew that if we were to be together, it would be going all in and never looking back, so that’s why the line, “if you’re gonna’ dance with the devil you might as well lead,” has so much meaning to me.”
This year, the former hockey player, MMA fighter, and native Canadian also launched the live performance series Live & Turned Up on his Official YouTube page HERE. Known for his dynamic live performances, Blu and his band wanted to recreate the energy of a live show in each Live & Turned Up series, saying, “I wanted to lean into alternative content, and I thought playing our live versions of songs and recording them was a fun way to do that…we wanted to showcase how exciting our live show is.” In the series, Blu exemplified what ‘country punk’ truly is, which he explains to be “country music to the core, with a punk attitude.”
Since its first launch earlier this year, the videos have been gaining momentum, leading to the continuation of the series; Live & Turned Up Vol 2. Vol 2 kicked off on April 30th with a Machine Gun Kelly cover of “Kiss Kiss” (here). More Live & Turned Up Vol 2 videos will be released in the coming weeks and include Blu putting his spin on Miley Cyrus’ “Prisoner” and live performances of his original songs, “Train,” “Playback” (from his album Leave It Like It Is), and “Rusty Things.” Live & Turned Up Vol 2 is filmed at the historic Exit/In in Nashville, TN, which has been the focus of a campaign to preserve its historical existence.
When talking about the Exit/In location, Blu stated, “Nashville is built on its ability to assist artists at all levels of skill and notoriety. To lose a place like the Exit/In would be a detrimental loss to such a great community that values its history and importance. I’m so unbelievably grateful that they let us film our series ‘Live and Turned Up Volume 2’ on that historic stage. I definitely would have loved to have been able to play a real show with a live crowd but having that neon ‘Exit/In’ sign behind the band and I is something that is so meaningful to me, and as mentioned, something that I am so grateful to be able to relive forever.”
Live & Turned Up Vol. 1, available here, debuted earlier this year and put Blu and his band front and center performing some of their favourites and some of music’s most popular covers along with his original material. The video setlist includes The Pretty Reckless’ “Death By Rock and Roll,” “BLOW,” originally performed by Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, and Chris Stapleton, and Blu’s originals, “’95” (only available in series), “Old Money,” “Burnout Town” (from Blu’s 2020 sophomore EP), and “X on My Heart” from his 2019 debut.
Blu has also been earning a name for himself on TikTok, gaining attention for his videos that showcase his personality and style. You can view his latest TikTok which has received 500K+ views HERE. Blu continues to develop and mould his unique vibe to country music–a sound he introduced with his debut EP Leave It Like It Is (2019), followed by his 2020 release, New Ink. Despite the difficulties that all artists had to face in the past year, 2020 was a landmark year for Manny Blu as he continued to make himself seen in the country music community. The promising artist expanded his team to an international level through added representation in the US and the UK, successfully releasing his EP New Ink filled with major songwriters like Josh Osborne, Ross Copperman, and Rhett Akins, and finding success with his debut release from that project “Born to Ride,” reaching over 360K views on YouTube and surpassing over 1M streams worldwide.