Newman was born in Bedford on July 3rd 1966 and 14 years later
was to pick up his first acoustic guitar. It wasn't long before
he acquired an electric guitar and formed his first band with
school buddy Kim Beadle. He continued to play guitar and experiment
with various studio equipment such as drum machines and keyboards.
At the age of 16 he joined the college band Early Warning and
played numerous gigs to enthusiastic audiences for the following
2 years. All this time Steve was writing and recording songs
by very basic means, recording guitars on one tape player then
playing the tape back and singing vocals while recording onto
a second tape player!
1984 Steve was asked by John Gilmore to join the Southsea based
melodic rock band Jaded Heart as lead guitarist. The five piece
band began to write songs together heavily influenced by bands
such as Tobruk and the very popular Portsmouth band Explorer.
Unfortunately they were never to play live, although they did
record a 3 track demo receiving great reviews, shortly after
this the band broke up.
a break from the scene in 1988 Steve went on to co-form the
Pop Rock band Cloud 10 and his strengths as a songwriter were
truly realized. At this point in time Steve's writing was heavily
influenced by bands such as The Outfield, Van Stephenson and
Sugarcreek. The band, consisting of members Steve on Guitar,
Bill Leath(Guitars),Ginge Shurman(Bass), Andy Briar (Drums)
were to later be joined by vocalist Darren Ball. The band continued
to rehearse and tighten up their sound, eventually producing
some recorded rehearsals which caught the attention of Queen's
management company. After playing a few shows the band were
to eventually split up due to.... you guessed it!... musical,
and personal differences.
then went back to an intensive period of songwriting after being
frustrated by the confines of a band. All this time he had kept
in contact with John Gilmore, and after a few lengthy phone
calls they decided that the time was right to form another band.
Shere Khan was born, they inlisted the help of Johns younger
brother Chris Gilmore, on drums, Iain Jacobson on Bass, and
the ex Wildfyre, XS singer Phil Bennett. Steve was back in the
driving seat writing songs with John, this time in a more heavier
direction and influenced by bands such as Bonfire and TNT. After
2 years and a name change to Cairo the band was to go from strength
to strength, entering the Southsea Battle of the Bands competition
and completing a string of dates including some live appearances
at festivals in London. The band then became a four piece after
John and Chris decided to leave, Chris was replaced by Mark
Mulholland on drums and the group continued to gig regularly
until it's final demise in 1993.
a short break from music, disillusioned at the scene and lack
of support for rock music in general Steve then started to write
songs which would form the basis of the first Newman album.
During this time he received a call from Mark Mulholland asking
him if he would like to audition for a band that Mark Thompson-Smith
(Idol Rich, Praying Mantis) was putting together. He agreed
and was soon in rehearsal for returning to the live scene in
the Mark Thompson-Smith Band. Unfortunately, due to the drummer
being seriously ill the band was put on hold indefinitely. However,
through this meeting both Steve and Mark TS would form a great
friendship and mutual respect for one another.
went back to writing more songs and asked Mark TS if he would
like to sing on the album he was putting together, however,
unfortunately, due to Mark's other commitments he was unable
to find the time needed. Steve then set about trying searching
for another vocalist but very soon realized that good ones were
not easy to find. After another year and the album musically
completed he decided to go into the studio and sing the songs
himself. Another few weeks of frustration and hard work ensued
but finally he was happy with the results. Steve submitted the
recordings to Ivan Gunn, who was so impressed with what he heard
he approached Point Music in Germany. It was at this time that
Ivan suggested that the songs would need to be re-recorded.
Lionel Hicks was approached to work on the album and although
he was very keen to work on the production unfortunately his
commitments with his band Balance Of Power were too great at
the time. Ivan then approached Chris Jones (Freefall, Kick)
to work on the album and after a couple of meetings in London
Steve and Chris went about planning how the album should be
recorded. Steve inlisted the help of William Marshall to play
bass and Mark Mulholland to contribute drums
1997 Singer, songwriter Steve Newman formed the band Newman
and since 1998 have been producing consistently high quality
albums filled with hook laden songs and thought provoking lyrics.
The now, hard to find self-titled album was followed up in 1999
by the awesome "One Step Closer" album.
the high standard came "Dance In The Fire" and then
"Sign Of The Modern Times" in 2000, and 2003 respectfully.
Fans and critics alike began to realize they were dealing with
an artist that would evolve and mature with them.
year 2006 saw the release of "Heaven Knows", and once
again proved beyond all doubt that Newman were becoming one
of the top purveyors of Melodic Rock in the UK.
Later in 2006 Steve Newman broke away from his former label
to form "Chrome Dome", an independent label set up
for the purpose of continuing to release the Newman product.
Any doubts about the quality or consistency were cast aside
when in 2007 "Primitive Soul" was released to great
was followed in 2008 by "Decade" a double album celebrating
10 years of Newman. However, not wanting to take the usual route
of a "hits" album this was packaged with a second
CD containing another 14 unreleased songs which ended up being
so well received it was reviewed as a new studio album. "Decade"
may have been a great way for a band to sign off and call it
a day, however, not only was this not even considered, the focus
went into producing the next stage of the bands career.
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. The
Firefest show being recorded and released the following year.
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.
saw the release of "Siren" which became the natural
follow up to "The Art Of Balance" continuing the pomp/rock
feel and progressive nature of the 2010 album. Steve collaborated
closely with Pete Newdeck and invited various guests such as
Robert Sall (Work of Art) Shaun Bessant (Newman band), and Nick
Workman (Vega) to add their immense talents.
All this time , the live band, now 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.
saw the re-recording and release of the acclaimed first album
as a Limited Edition, This coincided with a successful UK tour
with Vega. Returning to the studio for the next few months,
in 2015 "The Elegance Machine" was released and once
again showed another side to Steve's creative vision, with songs
featuring more modern dance/production values but retaining
the thought provoking lyrics and hard hitting guitars. Once
again the band returned to the road with shows in Europe and
their first UK headline tour.
continued to write throughout 2016, songs, of which some have
featured on various artists releases, and some which are still
to come. It was within this writing process that Steve started
to piece together the ideas which would become his latest release,
and 11th studio album.
features 12 tracks that return to the huge chorus's, maintaining
the high quality production values that have been prevalent
over the last albums. But this record, above all, is all about
the songs, you could say it's an unashamed AOR/Melodic Rock
record and follows that rule across all 12 songs to give the
listener a very consistant album. Once again Steve has teamed
up with Rob McEwen (drummer for the last 9 Newman albums), the
album also features long time friend Mark Thompson-Smith lending
his vocals to "Fear Of Flying" and " Two Sides".
Finally the mastering was taken care of by none other than Harry
Hess (Harem Scarem) at H Bomb Mastering.
In 2018 the band were Invited back to play the HRH Festival in support of the 20th anniversary of their first album, this show was to be the first for new drummer Harry Younger, who was enlisted to the replace the departing Pete Newdeck. Through the rest of 2018 and for the first part of 2019 Steve remained busy writing and recording for other artists in different genres, taking a break from focusing on Newman and moving into different areas both musically and lyrically.
Revitalized, and after a break of two years Steve turned his attention to the next Newman album. Bringing in influences from some of the projects he'd worked on previously but also returning to the writing and sound that has become part of the Newman legacy. The new band returned to Athens at the beginning of 2020 to play a very exciting show, always loved by the fans.
So, the first Newman album in 3 years "Ignition" finally arrived, 12 songs in a natural continuation from 2017's "Aerial" release. The album was recorded at Chrome Dome Studios in London between May and October 2019 with all songs being written and arranged by Steve Newman............ and then the world changed ....