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First of two part interview series with Temple Grandin premieres on Wednesday, May 22
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Out Now: Mantor assembles iconic group of veteran Nashville sessions players to record Katie Griswold’s first song “Make A Difference” [Stream/Download here] & lyric video on YouTube

Photo reel + video b-roll for TV & media: Katie Griswold’s “Make A Difference” recording session
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 07, 2024) – Acclaimed Nashville based music producer and podcast host Tony Mantor is celebrating the first year anniversary of his popular podcast series on Autism awareness, acceptance and understanding, Why Not Me The World. To celebrate, on May 22 he’ll release the first of a two part interview series with renowned autistic American academic, author, speaker and animal behaviorist, Temple Grandin. Mantor and Grandin discussed a wide range of talking points on Autism, including employment matters, late diagnosis, and housing. Grandin’s life, story and the remarkable accomplishments she’s made as an animal behaviorist was portrayed in 2010 by Claire Danes in the EMMY and Golden Globe award winning self-titled biographical film released by HBO. Additional information on her work may be found at TempleGrandin.com.

“I really liked being on the podcast, and for getting information out to lots of parents and teachers that need it.”
– Temple Grandin

Mantor’s Why Not Me The World podcast has featured a worldly group of guests including celebrities from the music and entertainment industry, medical professionals, Autism thought leaders, parents and others from the Autistic community. In less than a year the podcast has risen to the top of various mental health podcast charts worldwide, including Apple Podcast Top 10 rankings in the U.S., Great Britain, and Canada. With a growing audience base, the podcast has achieved more than 400,000 downloads from listeners in 73 countries, and over 1,000 cities worldwide. Listen Notes, a leading podcast search engine, consistently rates Why Not Me The World among the top 0.5% worldwide.

New episodes and new guests are streaming now in 2024, and can be streamed or downloaded on all major podcast platforms including Apple PodcastsSpotifyAmazoniHeart Media, or at TonyMantor.com.

Announced in February, Mantor also recently released the recording of a song project he produced with autistic teen singer Katie Griswold, who is also an accomplished Georgia Pageant show winner. Shawna Rodriguez’s “Make A Difference” [Stream/Download here] was the song Mantor picked for Katie, which he recently released on April 26 through his Nashville based record label, Plateau Music. With a clear vision in mind Mantor surrounded Katie with a veteran group of iconic Nashville session musicians to record the track that included David Pomeroy (Sting, Alison Kraus, Elton John), T. Wild (Garth Brooks, Brenda Lee, Patty Loveless) and William Ellis (Dave Matthews Band, Train, Counting Crows).

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About Why Not Me The World Podcast:
Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors. Although autism is becoming more widely recognized, there is still a lack of understanding and awareness surrounding the disorder. As a result, many individuals and families affected by autism struggle to find the support and resources they need. Why Not Me The World podcast aims to bridge that gap by providing valuable information and insights into autism, fostering empathy and understanding, and promoting acceptance and inclusion. Nashville based Music Producer Tony Mantor explores the remarkable impact his guests make by empowering their voices in spreading awareness about autism and helping break down the barriers of understanding. Join Mantor and his guests as they delve into the world of autism and explore topics such as diagnosis, treatment, research, and personal stories from those in the autistic community. Together, we can create a more informed and compassionate society for individuals with autism. Why Not Me The World is streaming now, with new episodes premiering monthly on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon, iHeart Media, Google Podcasts, or at TonyMantor.com. 

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Publicity Photos:

[“Make A Difference” art | Download JPG]

[(L-R) William Ellis, Dave Pomeroy, Tony Mantor, Katie Griswold, Frank Green, Back: Josh Karas, T. Wild | Photo: Jason W. Ashcraft/JWA Media | Download JPG]