Taryn Manning is an artistic phenomenon Actress/ Singer / Songwriter & Entrepreneur. She is currently starring in the 3 time SAG Award winning NETFLIX hit original series “Orange is the New Black” as the controversial religious zealot Pennsatucky, now returning for a fifth season in June 2017. Manning was also recently lauded as Michelle Knight, the young Cleveland woman who was kidnapped and held captive for 11 years, in the Sony and Lifetime TV movie “Cleveland Abduction.” Amongst her other recent works was the coming of age independent drama film A Light Beneath Their Feet which received critical acclaim. Another previously noted performance was in the Sundance Film Festival nominated Low Down (starring Glenn Close and Elle Fanning), executive produced by Mark Ruffalo and produced by Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa. She has had pivotal performances in The Experimenter (starring Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder) and #Horror starring Chloe Sevigny with director Tara Subkoff.
Manning has also graced the screen in cinematic hits such as Hustle & Flow, to which she was nominated for Best Breakthrough Performance from the Washington DC Film Critics Association and nominated for a SAG Award for 8 Mile, Crossroads, Crazy/Beautiful, Cold Mountain, A Lot Like Love, Dandelion, White Oleander, Love Ranch and The Perfect Age of Rock N’ Roll. Not only a force in film, Manning has been favored in roles on television’s’ major hitters, Hawaii 5-0, Melrose Place, The Practice, Boston Legal, Burn Notice, CSI: Miami, Sons of Anarchy and Law & Order: SVU, just to name a few.
Manning continues to prove her longevity within the entertainment industry as not only an actor but as a true musical force. Performing live in between her DJ sets is not uncommon for this front-woman. She has a history of BIllboard Chart Topping hits including her 2012 solo release “Send Me Your Love,” which went #1 on Dance Club Play and Boomkat’s “The Wreckoning” and “What U Do 2 Me,” which remixes climbed to #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and closed out 2003 as Billboard Magazine’s Hot Dance Club Play Artist of the Year.
The demand for her musicianship to accompany her acting expertise has proven relentless. Whether her tracks are being requested for soundtracks, like her soulful single “Wastin’ My Time”, which was personally licensed by Eminem and featured on the 8 Mile soundtrack or Boomkat’s remake of the Blondie song “Rip Her to Shreds” that can be heard in the opening credits of the film Mean Girls to “The Wreckoning” that was used in the opening scene of The Italian Job. Manning’s musical contribution to film is just as accredited as her acting. Including a number of solo-tracks landing on episodes of The CW’s “Melrose Place” and “Hawaii 5-0,” Manning strives to keep her music hand-in-hand with her acting career.
A serial entrepreneur & constant creative; Manning has dove personally into directing and producing her own content for over a decade. Her goal has always been to encourage artists and facilitate creatives’ dreams to come true through her example. With her consistent intense work ethic she still has a passion to elevate other artists. Which leads into her latest projects, GLTCHLFE Records and her production company Rainbows and Unicorns. GLTCHLFE will be releasing its first single this spring starting with Manning’s own release of the same name worldwide on May 5th.