Emmanuel "Manny" Mijares

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Manny Mijares
Birth nameEmmanuel Mijares
Also known asManny Mijares
Born (1978-01-08) January 8, 1978 (age 41)
Orange County, California, U.S.
GenresPop, Dance, R&B, Alternative
Occupation(s)Music Producer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur, Record Producer
Years active2000–present
LabelsUpscale Records
Associated actsKelly Rowland of Destiny's Child, Dim Chris, Snoop Dogg, Glassesboys, Vishal C.V
WebsiteUpscale Records, Mijares Group

Emmanuel "Manny" Mijares is a multi-platinum song writer and executive producer.[1] He is best known as a co-writer on the hit single What A Feeling as performed by Kelly Rowland of the pop group Destiny's Child as well as the first US dance single by CNN Artist of the Year Ricky J.[2] He is the founder of the independent record label "Upscale Records", a division of his production company "Upscale Recording & Productions". In 2008, Mijares established Big Talent Showcase, a company which helps new aspiring talents showcase their abilities to those in the entertainment industry.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Manny Mijares was born in Orange County, CA the son of Elizabeth Elias and Edwin Soto Mijares. Mijares’s parents are Hispanic and Native American. He has two younger brothers, Jacob "Jake" Johnston and Nathan "Nate" Johnston. One younger sister Sarah Kuntz. As a pre-teen, Mijares was introduced to music production after participating in a music-based church where he revised lyrics. He began working as a studio professional in 2000 and is currently active today . Since the start of his career, Mijares has been involved in the production and/or management aspects of several Billboard Magazine charted hit singles as listed below.

Upscale Records[edit]

In 2001 Manny Mijares founded Upscale Recording & Productions as the Executive Producer. URP is an Audio, Video and Event Production company with its own record label and talent roster. As an independently owned company, Manny has focused on developing artists that he is most passionate about.


In 2013, Manny Mijares founded the Changing Fate Foundation to help kids and teens overcome difficult circumstances. The goal of the foundation is "We are passionate about guiding those that come from broken families, abuse or bad circumstances to help give them a second chance. We are dedicated to helping kids and teens between 12-20 by getting them the things they need to get back on track and redirect them towards a better, brighter future."[4]

Recordings produced[edit]

Year Artist Title Label Role Notes
2011 Kelly Rowland What a Feeling (song) Ultra co-writer Peaked at #26 US Billboard (Dance Club Songs)[5]
2011 Snoop Dogg & Bobby Anthony Last Night (Ian Carey song) Spinnin co-writer, publisher Peaked at #24 Billboard Top 100 Canadian Music[6]
2013 Dim Chris (featuring Mandy Ventrice) Human (single)[7] DJ Center Records co-writer, Producer
2013 Ian Carey & Doron (featuring Ray J) Baddest Chick[8] Spinnin Pubslisher
2014 Glassesboys (featuring Snoop Dogg & Mandy Ventrice) Carbon Copy (single) My Music, EMI, Warner co-writer, Producer
2014 Dim Chris & Craig David (featuring Rosette) Bits 'n Pieces (single)[9] DJ Center Records Publisher, co-writer
2014 Dim Chris (featuring Mandy Ventrice) Human EP DJ Center Records Publisher
2014 Alex Gaudino Doctor Love (album)[10] Ultra Records co-writer
2014 D. One (featuring Mandy Ventrice & Bubba Sparxxx) Take The House (single)[11] Upscale Records co-writer, Producer
2014 Liz D & Glassesboys Off With Your Heads (single)[12] Upscale Records co-writer, Producer
2014 Breanna Rubio (featuring Fat Joe) Fly Alone (single)[13] Upscale Records co-writer, Producer Peaked at #22 US Billboard (Dance Club Songs)[14]
2015 Breanna Rubio More Than A Feeling (single)[12] Upscale Records co-writer, Producer Debuted at #46 US Billboard (Dance Club Songs)[1]


  1. ^ a b "Breanna Rubio's "More Than A Feeling" Debuts at #46 on the Billboard Dance charts". PRWeb. 18 July 2015. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  2. ^ Music News Desk. "Award-Winning Recording Artist Ricky J Releases 'Dance 2 Night'". broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  3. ^ "Music Labels Target OC's Talent". PRWeb. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
  4. ^ mijares, manny. "our mission". Changing Fate %7 Making a Positive Impact.. Changing Fate Foundation. Retrieved 27 April 2015.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ "Alex Gaudino". billboard.com. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Canadian Music: Top 100 Songs Chart - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  7. ^ "iTunes - Music - Human (feat. Mandy Ventrice) - Single by Dim Chris". iTunes. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  8. ^ "iTunes - Music - Baddest Chick (feat. Ray J) - Single by Ian Carey & Kardinal Offishall". iTunes. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  9. ^ "iTunes - Music - Bits 'n Pieces (feat. Rosette) - Single by Dim Chris & Craig David". iTunes. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Doctor Love by Alex Gaudino". iTunes. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  11. ^ "iTunes - Music - Take the House - Single by D.One, Mandy Ventrice & Bubba Sparxxx". iTunes. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  12. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Off With Your Heads - Single by Liz-D & Glassesboys". iTunes. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  13. ^ "iTunes - Music - Fly Alone (feat. Fat Joe & D.One) - Single by Breanna Rubio". iTunes. Retrieved 5 May 2015.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart - Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 5 May 2015.

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