Manoukian has the recipe to melt hearts. Powerful vocals, beautiful piano accompaniment, and a much needed message of hope.
Manoukian, welcome to VQS! Tell us a little bit about you and your music.
Hey guys, thanks for having me! My name is Raffi Manoukian, and I’m originally from Montreal, Canada. Having spent many years in Southern California, I’m currently living in Boston, where I’m a research scientist by day, and a singer-songwriter by night and any other free time I have! I’ve been playing piano and writing and performing my own songs since my teenage years, and have been in several bands in the late 80s, 90s and 2000s. in 2010 I wanted to learn music production to be able to record and release my music as a songwriter. For several years I took many online courses and slowly built a home studio, which I affectionately call Sidewalk Cafe Studios! (Sidewalk Cafe is one of the first songs I wrote, and can be heard on my website)
From 2017 to 2019, I wrote and produced 9 original songs covering a spectrum of topics from love, life, friendship and loss. I had initially released each one separately, then as an EP on Spotify, and now they are all part of one downloadable album from my website. This was a thrilling experience for me, rediscovering my passion for songwriting, constantly learning about music production and simply embracing the creative process! It was a labor of love.
My main influences over the years have been Sting, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, George Michael, Jamiroquai, Bryan Adams, to name a few! I also love jazz and try to infuse a jazzy and soulful vibe into many of my songs. As I don’t perform as often as I used to, I’m trying to get my music into Film or TV which is a whole other learning process!
“When they’re going through something difficult, it’s important to give them the understanding and space that they need…” – Manoukian