Pop singer Manika performs at Audubon Middle School in Milwaukee (video, photos)

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Los Angeles pop singer Manika made a pit stop in Milwaukee while still on her Shop Til You Rock tour on Tuesday, September 13, 2011.  She performed at Audubon Technology and Communication Center Middle School (Audobon Middle School) and granted some interviews for local television and radio stations.  “Just Can’t Let You Go,” Manika’s hit single, continues to do well among Top 40 music fans, and it won’t be long before it hits the Billboard charts.  I stopped by Audobon Middle School while they (and some seniors) were enjoying a live performance by Manika.  While a release date and album title are yet to be announced, Manika performed several songs that will be on her upcoming debut album that included (the below list is not the full set list. i’ll update the list once i get the missing songs):
  1. Funny
  2. Going Off A Feeling
  3. Woo Hoo
  4. Light Up the Sky
  5. My Way
  6. Just Can’t Let You Go

As you’ll hear in my latest interview with Manika further below, she plans to release her next single in October 2011.  My vote is for the song “My Way.”  That’s probably my next favorite track by Manika besides “Just Can’t Let You Go,” but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Here are some snippets of video footage I took during Manika’s performance:

At the end, Manika entertained questions from the students:

Q: How long have you been dancing?

Manika:  I never took classes and stuff.  I’m so lucky to be working with Travis Payne who is my stage director, and he did the Michael Jackson ‘This Is It’ tour.  He was actually the choreographer for that so he’s just amazing.

Q:  How old are you?

Manika:  I am 18.  I just turned 18 in the beginning of August.

Q:  What is it like to be a star?

Manika:  It’s so much fun because I get to perform for you guys…and when I see you guys rocking out and dancing to my music, that’s so amazing to me.

Q:  Do you play the piano?

Manika:  Yes, I do.  I play the piano and guitar.

Q:  Do you have a boyfriend?

Manika:  No, I don’t have a boyfriend right now.

Before leaving, Manika stayed with students to sign autographed posters she brought along as well as pose for some photos.  I also sat down with Manika to follow up with her since my last interview.  Check out the video below:

Here are photos that I took:

Keep up with everything Manika by going to her official website, “Like” her page on Facebook, follow her on Twitter, and subscribe to her YouTube channel.  Her single “Just Can’t Let You Go” is available for download on iTunes and Amazon.

(Latest tracks by Manika-Music)

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