Pianist and singer/songwriter Michael Mangia (pronounced "Manja") discovered the piano at the age of eight. Honing his skills during his teenage years led him to Nashville at the age of 18 to record an EP with producer Johnny Pierce. By this time, Mangia had committed himself to a life of music, and began appearing regularly around the Los Angeles open-mike and coffeehouse scene, eventually releasing a full-length debut, Utopia, in 2000. The Invisible Wall, a self-produced collection of songs that drew on a bevy of influences including Spiritualized, Tori Amos, and Sigur Rós, was released in 2004.
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