In 2010 "The Art Of Balance" was released to huge acclaim from critics and fans. The band followed this up with a string of successful live dates including Cambridge Rock Festival, Firefest Festival, and a UK Tour supporting John Waite. All this was achieved in the face of huge emotional strain after Steve suffered losing both his parents that year. In fact, as the writing progressed onto the following recording "Under Southern Skies" this AOR Heaven release ended up being a very personal and reflective album for Steve.
All this time , the live band, with the addition of Pete Newdeck on Drums, joining Steve (Vocals, Guitar), Shaun Bessant (Guitar, Vocals), Paul Boyle (Keyboards, Vocals), Dave Bartlett (Bass, Vocals) were gaining momentum, culiminating in shows in Greece, Spain, Germany, and the US.
2014 saw the re-recording and release of the acclaimed first album as a Limited Edition, This coincided with a successful UK tour with Vega.
Now, the legacy continues with the brand new release "The Elegance Machine", the culmination of songs written over the past two years and an album that once again encompasses what Newman stand for. The powerful guitars are present, as is the strong songwriting and huge melodies. But this time it also brings in modern influences such as on the title track "The Elegance Machine" and "Halo" giving the recognizable and reliable Newman sound a more contemporary edge. A natural follow up to "Siren" the album delivers a harder edge than its predecessor, but without losing the emphasis on strong hooks. Steve has always been known for his thought-provoking lyrics, and "The Elegance Machine" is no exception with subject matter ranging from corporate business greed (The Suit), through domestic violence (She Walks In Silence), and even onto the space themed (Prayer For Apollo).
Once again Steve has teamed up with Rob McEwen (drummer for the last 8 Newman albums), and has also brought in the talents of Geoff Wootton backing vocals on "The Suit", "One Good Reason" "Halo", and Mark Thompson-Smith (Praying Mantis, Big Life) backing vocals on "Illuminate", "Send Us Salvation" and "Pretender Surrender".
Produced By Steve Newman; All songs written by Steve Newman except: "Halo" written by Steve Newman and Paul Boyle.
Tracklist: 1. The Suit (Skyscraper), 2. The Elegance Machine, 3. Don’t Stay Lonely, 4. Illuminate, 5. Confess, 6. Halo, 7. Prayer For Apollo, 8. She Walks In Silence, 9. One Good Reason, 10. Pretender Surrender, 11. Send Us Salvation, 12. Scars
Line-up on this album: Steve Newman: Vocals, Guitar, and Keyboards; Rob McEwen: Drums & Percussion; Geoff Wootton: Backing Vocals on “The Suit (Skyscraper)”, "One Good Reason" and "Halo"; Mark Thompson-Smith: Backing Vocals on "Illuminate", "Send Us Salvation" and "Pretender Surrender"
NEWMAN - Don't Stay Lonely (Edit)
NEWMAN - One Good Reason (Edit)
NEWMAN - The Elegance Machine (Edit)