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26/11/2003

Out Of My Hands (2003)

It’s not often that a young South African singer/songwriter gets a chance to work with some of the biggest names in the American music industry, but that’s exactly what the young Cape Town based rocker has been doing for the past year or so. It’s been an exhilarating and at times bumpy journey from the Mother City to Vancouver, through to Los Angeles via New York and Miami, but the young singer has quietly been paying those crucially important industry dues, all the while carefully crafting a new full-length solo album. And the fruits of these labours are in your hands right now, with the release of Justin’s new album ‘OUT OF MY HANDS’.

Says Justin: “I am really proud of my new album. Its been a long road over the last two years, writing, travelling, and performing, from singing national anthems for rugby test matches, to opening shows for overseas bands, to playing famous rock clubs like The Bitter End and Arlene’s Grocery in New York, and it’s all been a really memorable and truly unbelievable experience. I have worked with some great writers, producers, and met so many inspiring people along the way in all corners of the globe, who have all influenced me in the art of writing and producing songs. A lot of long, hard studio work – including the good times and the bad – went into the making of this album, and above all it’s just so rewarding to finally have the record ready for my patient fans.”

‘Out Of My Hands’ marks an exciting new chapter in Justin’s career, and it’s quite simply a classic slice of contemporary pop rock, that proves that the talented young man – who made his debut in 2000 with the BMG released album ‘Love The Sinner’ – was no flash in the pan. Justin’s debut record announced the arrival of a major new local music talent, and the album spawned a number of radio hits, several of which are still being spun today. The new album actually takes its name from Justin’s single ‘Out Of My Hands’ that was issued exclusively to radio in 2002 and then made available on the ‘Ultimate’ compilation album, released in late 2002 by BMG Africa.

The track is one of many gems on a 14 song strong record littered with solid tunes – including the latest single ‘Not A Day Goes By’ which is already storming the airwaves – that capture a truly international flavour and lend polish to Justin’s raw energy and talent. Justin also brought things back home by working on several album tracks at Street Level studios in Cape Town, along with noted singer/songwriter James Stewart. Stewart is the former lead singer of legendary Cape rockers The Usual, while former Bright Blue members Tom Fox (guitars) and Peter Cohen (drums) also lent their considerable skills to Justin’s Street Level material, along with a number of younger Cape-based musicians.

With an international and local array of musical talent gracing it’s tracks, ‘Out Of My Hands’ promises to be a milestone for the local rock scene, and combined with his ongoing slog on the live circuit, there’s no doubt Justin is now finally ready for that elusive stardom. With a slew of upcoming live and promotional performances scheduled – and a coastal tour taking place over the upcoming festive period – just keep an eye on Justin Bergh…he Rocks!

TRACKLISTING

01 MISSUNDERSTOOD 4:12

02 NOT A DAY GOES BY 3:24

03 OUT OF MY HANDS 3:49

04 HOW DID YOU KNOW? 3:34

05 RUNAWAY 3:25

06 HERE WITH YOU 3:28

07 LOSING MY SOUL 3:31

08 I WONDER 4:03

09 DON’T KNOW WHY 3:35

10 WHERE WERE YOU 3:50

11 THE STANDARD 2:51

12 TOO LATE (NOW I’M GONE) 3:11

13 MORE 3:11

14 RUNAWAY (ACOUSTIC) 3:22

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