[(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]

Mantor assembles iconic group of veteran Nashville sessions players to record Griswold’s first song “Make A Difference”

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Mantor joins host Eric Dahl on Fox 17 Nashville’s “Rock & Review” about the podcast & his music [click to watch]

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 26, 2024) – Acclaimed Nashville based music producer, singer-songwriter and podcast host Tony Mantor is once again putting his music and production skills into action by doing good, and making a difference in people’s lives. In 2023 Mantor launched what has quickly become a popular podcast series on autism called Why Not Me The World, which has topped Apple Podcasts’ Mental Health charts worldwide. Mantor recently assembled a veteran group of iconic Nashville session musicians that included David Pomeroy (Sting, Alison Kraus, Elton John), T. Wild (Garth Brooks, Brenda Lee, Patty Loveless) and Wlliam Ellis (Dave Matthews Band, Train, Counting Crows), to record a new song project featuring autistic teen singer Katie Griswold. Griswold is the Junior Miss of Georgia 2021 pageant winner, and more recently the 2024 winner of Miss Emanuel County’s Teen pageant in her hometown of Swainsboro, Georgia. 

Griswold gleamed with excitement and anticipation while she recorded “Make A Difference,” a song written by Shawna Rodriguez, which pretty much sums up what Mantor and Griswold hope the song will do. Mantor says he plans to release the song as a single through his private record label Plateau Music in April to commemorate the start of National Autism Acceptance Month. Griswold will also be the guest on Why Not Me The World podcast episode #39.

“When I interviewed Katie Griswold for my podcast I saw a young girl who has a natural talent and wants to help others,” said Mantor. “I wanted to help her realize her ambition to help others, so I brought her here to Nashville to record a song which I felt was the right song with the right message.”  

Mantor’s Why Not Me The World podcast has featured a worldly group of celebrities & professionals from the music and entertainment industry, Autism thought leaders 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. According to Listen Notes, a leading podcast search engine, rates Why Not Me The World among the top 0.5% worldwide.

“The guests who’ve been on Why Not Me The World have formed a strong community that informs and helps others,” Mantor said. “I am beyond humbled to help play a role in sharing their stories, perspectives and contributions to benefit those who are living with this commonly misunderstood condition.”

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

Tony Mantor joins host Eric Dahl on Fox 17’s “Rock & Review”


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. Together, we can create a more informed and compassionate society for individuals with autism.

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[Tony Mantor, Katie Griswold | Photo: Jason W. Ashcraft/JWA Media | Download JPG]

[(L-R) Tony Mantor, Fox 17’s Eric Dahl | Photo: JWA Media/Jason W. Ashcraft | Download JPG]