Johnny Manuel: Journey from Teen R&B Star to AGT’s Soul Sensation


Johnny Manuel captivated audiences in 2017 with his powerful rendition of Whitney Houston’s timeless soul ballad, “I Have Nothing,” on the 12th season of America’s Got Talent. His performance was a mesmerizing blend of passion and precision, igniting the audience and earning rapturous applause.

This wasn’t Johnny’s first time in the spotlight. The Michigan-born singer had made his professional debut 18 years earlier. At just 14, he signed a record deal with Warner Music Group as an R&B artist. During this early phase of his career, he opened for major stars such as Jay-Z and Destiny’s Child, and toured with NSYNC. His debut single, “I Got You,” can still be found on YouTube, a hidden gem waiting to be rediscovered.

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