Manuel Grajeda graduated from Chapman University in 2014 Magna Cum Laude with a degree in history. While he is originally from California, he spent his much of his childhood in Vermont. He now resides in Long Beach, California where he continues both his academics and music. He is a singer and multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, bass, piano, drums, steel drums, and percussion. Outside of teaching at Fusion Academy Manuel has founded his own music project Manuel G. Music as well as co-founded his band Caught Off Guard. He has played all over the Los Angeles area, including venues such as The House of Blues and The Avalon Bardot. He enjoys board games and gardening.