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5th October 2011

johnny newman

Upon graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in music composition, Johnny Newman never imagined that he'd have the opportunity to work with metal legends Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Death, Sebastian Bach) and Yanic Bercier (Gone in April, Quo Vadis) on his first album 'More Than Ever'.

This 11 track symphonic Metal debut certainly has a unique quality to it with its technical, yet accessible, approach to instrumental writing. And while the instrumental writing may seem straightforward on top, there is much more going on beneath the surface.

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The 24 year old composer/guitarist from Kodak, TN began production on the album in January 2010 originally with a simple lineup; himself and Bercier. "When I learned that Yanic had worked with Steve DiGiorgio on the Quo Vadis album Defiant Imagination," Newman said, "we did everything in our power to get Steve on our record, and it worked."

Not only did Newman get to work one on one with DiGiorgio at WaveTransfrom Recording Studio, he also hired Omsk, Russia native Ksenia Berestovskaya as a guest vocalist on this primarily instrumental record. Newman commented; "While the instrumental music is my primary focus, we really wanted to have a few songs with vocals to keep things interesting."

This power trio of Newman, DiGiorgio, and Bercier beneath a string orchestra has an immediate functionality to it. In fact, composition is nearly complete for a follow-up album due to begin production in January 2012. "Yanic and I get along very well in the studio and we're looking forward to making more albums of this nature," said Newman.

'More Than Ever' was mixed and engineered by Yanic Bercier at WaveTransform Recording Studio in Knoxville, TN, mastered by Tom Morris at Morrisound in Tampa, FL, and is currently available on iTunes and


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