Ken Mansfield has had a legendary career in the music industry. He can write authoritatively about the music business of the sixties and the Beatles because he was there in the midst of it – making it happen. As a young record label executive at Capitol Records, the Beatles were his clients, and they became his friends. Ken was hand-picked to be the first U.S. Manager of The Beatles’ Apple Records and thrust into a world that would change his life forever. Also to his credit he was a high-ranking executive for several record labels (Capital Records, MGM Records, Barnaby/CBS Records), a songwriter, author, and a Grammy and Dove Award winning album producer.
Since the 1960s, Mansfield has been associated with an array of notable performers including The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Waylon Jennings, James Taylor, Roy Orbison, Don Ho, the Imperials, Tompall Glaser, Harry Nilsson, Glen Campbell, Buck Owens, Lou Rawls, Andy Williams, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Eric Burdon, Badfinger, Jackie Lomax, The Four Freshmen, Judy Garland, Dolly Parton, David Cassidy, Nick Gilder, Claudine Longet, and Jessi Colter.
In the 1970s, he helped popularize the Outlaw movement in country music by producing Waylon Jennings’ number one album, “Are You Ready for the Country” as well as the crossover number-one hit “I’m Not Lisa” by Jessi Colter. In 1990 he entered the Gospel Music arena and produced the legendary Imperial’s Big God album and in 1991 produced Homecoming, the Gaither Vocal Band’s Grammy and Dove Award-winning album.
Along the way the glamor faded and in his testimony he describes his up and down journey to faith as rags to riches, riches to rags and finally rags to the real riches of the risen Lord.
Ken is, a sought-after speaker, and the author of five books: The Beatles, The Bible and Bodega Bay; The White Book; Between Wyomings; Stumbling on Open Ground, and A Rock and A Heart Place. He and his wife Connie currently reside in Florida.