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WILL MARTIN A NEW WORLD

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WILL MARTIN A NEW WORLD

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									                                                     WILL MARTIN: A NEW WORLD
                                                                     Album Release: 14 June 2008

                                               in Australia and available for interviews: 24 – 27 June 2008


                                    By anyone’s standards, Will Martin has packed plenty into his musical
                                    career. When you learn this New Zealander is just 23 years of age and has
                                    gone seamlessly from lead roles in school musicals to playing piano in bars,
                                    singing the National Anthem in front of a sold out All Blacks crowd,
entertaining the masses at corporate events to singing in rock bands and performing on cruise liners, his career
achievements prove even more impressive.

Will’s latest musical feat is the much-awaited release of A New World, his stunning debut album for
Universal Classics and Jazz, and an epic collection of Classical Crossover songs. Recorded with the
powerful and moving sounds of a full orchestra, this selection of songs simultaneously reflects Will’s origins and
the scope of his unfaltering ambition.

“I intend to rock out with a big orchestra behind me. I want to be real. I want to misbehave. I want to reach
people. Dress me like a pop star and let me sing, and maybe some eighteen-year-old girl will go out and buy a
classical album for the first time,” says Martin.

“I am an entertainer, I sing, I can play the piano. I want to bring an entertainment factor to this kind of music
because it has never really been done before.”

A New World was recorded at London’s Air Studios during the spring and summer of 2007 and features the
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. The album was produced by Simon Franglen, who is renowned for
working with the biggest names in music including Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Quincy Jones. He
also produced one of the biggest popular songs of the past decade from the film Titanic theme ‘My Heart Will Go
On’, sung by Celine Dion.

While not all the songs on his new album are from traditional repertoire, they are all orchestral and classical in
spirit. ‘Going Home’ from Dvorak’s ‘New World Symphony’ is one poignant example.

“This beautiful piece of classical music has been produced as though it was written today. It has contemporary
textures and rhythms, and includes Maori chants with my voice floating on top,” says Martin.

Well-known songs include ‘Into the West’, the theme song from Lord of the Rings film that was originally sung by
Annie Lennox, and Ennio Morricone’s ‘Cinema Paradiso’. Both have been given an orchestral kick. The album
also features an excellent contrast of sounds, with the subtle takes on Nat King Cole’s ‘Nature Boy’ and Maori folk
song ‘Hine e Hine’, Albinoni’s ‘Adagio’, sung with the All Angels sounding very contemporary and ‘of the moment.’

This dedicated performer with a contagious enthusiasm for his craft intends to continue telling the beautifully
emotive stories of the world’s greatest songwriters, while continuing to push the boundaries of the Classical
Crossover genre. Will’s debut album is a testament to his belief in the emotion that classical music evokes in
people, and the passion it inspires.

TRACK LISTING: Into the West | Over the Hills | Going Home | Nyman: If | The Last Rose of Summer | Cinema Paradiso
(Se) | So Far Away | Sibelius: Song of Peace (Finlandia) | Nature Boy | Albinoni, Giazotto: Anytime, Anywhere (Albinoni's
Adagio) - featuring All Angels | Highland Cathedral (I Am My Country) | Hine e Hine


For further information please contact:
Universal National Promotions and Publicity Manager
Rebecca Brown (02) 9207 0675 (Classics, Jazz & USM)

Trudy Johnston, tjc, trudy@tjc.com.au, 02 8904 0822, 0402 485 902.

Media and business partners: log on to Universal B2B Extranet: www.universalonline.com.au, www.getmusic.com.au

								
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