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Never Broken

by Amy Jo Johnson

Amy Jo's latest collection of heart felt original tunes dives into the struggles we face in life, and persevering through them.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Bright Lights
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2. Cracker Jacks
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3. Lines
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4. Relief
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5. Monsters Inside
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6. God
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7. Julia Roberts
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8. Self Destruction
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9. Free
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10. Blue Butterfly Boy
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11. Dancing in-Between (Remix)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

“Music and writing has always sat on the sidelines of my career. It was kept as a personal cathartic way to get through life. I realize now, as I get older, the true passion behind them and the never-ending book of life’s lessons that feed the gravy and create their inspiration. I feel I’m only at the very beginning of this beautiful new career.” – Amy Jo

Never Broken was created in stages through the past decade.

-- Free, Blue Butterfly Boy and Dancing In-Between, the last three songs on the album were first recorded back in 2003 at the Pavarotti Music Centre in the Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Amy Jo's multiple experiences in Bosnia started as a volunteer for Global Children’s Organization in 1998, a three-week camp in Croatia creating a place to play for kids in the Balkan war. Amy Jo fell in love with the people of Bosnia and the country itself and has traveled back many times since. These three songs were recorded with her childhood best friend Johanna Rothfeld and the amazing Bosnian drummer, Tony Pesikan, whom she met while volunteering at the GCO camp. Dancing In-Between from these sessions was featured on the TV show Flashpoint in 2009 and has been remixed and mastered for this NEW album along with the bones of the Blue Butterfly Boy and Free.

--- Self-Destruction, God and Julia Roberts were first recorded in 2005 in Amy Jo's living room with long time friend Zuma Arechiga. These demos were left untouched for eight years, until the creation of Never Broken began. In the last five months these songs have been rediscovered and flushed out with additional bass, added drums and guitar then mixed and mastered.

--- Amy Jo recorded Monsters Inside alone in her Montreal living room in 2006. The story of her departure from Los Angeles and her personal journey to let go of the ideals and beliefs the City of Angels ingrained in her. Recently for NB this song has been re-hatched with music producer Zuma Arechiga. Taking the tune for a spin by adding drum loops, bass and piano. It's a haunting tune that is set apart from the rest of the album in tone and nature.

--- Cracker Jacks, Bright Lights, Lines and Relief are ALL new original works by Amy Jo. Inspired by life's journey and the fact that she announced a new record as a perk for her Indigogo campaign in the fall of 2012, for her short film BENT. Amy Jo claims she needed a fire under her butt to get back to music and lit her own match. Having said that these four songs are her personal favorites to date and reflect her new life of marriage, motherhood and getting a wee bit older. They were all created in her living room and in her buddy Matt Segriffs cozy garage studio.

All songs were mixed by Jared Kuemper from Pirate Studios in Toronto Ontario. This process was over seen by the award winning Ari Posner and then mastered by Phil Demetro

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Matt C

Beautiful and soulful
I always liked Amy Jo, all the way back to her tenure in "Power Rangers", but I think she really found a terrific creative output as a singer/songwriter here. There's a beautiful emotional truth to the lyrics, especially in the opening track, and her voice is resonate and pure. It's quite a relaxing and natural listen.
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Melissa

Best Ever
I Love this CD, I have always been a fan of Amy but this is the best music of her Career by Far. I cried listening to the song lines because of how emotionally beautiful of a song it is. I couldn't wait for this cd, so i bought it electronically and it was the best decision I ever made, but I can't wait for the CD now to come in the mail as well. Ever Dime I spent on Amy music is so well worth it and I will carry this album everywhere i go, i will probably play it on repeat until I am sick of it, I love it that much. I hope you to Purchase this music because it will be the best decision you ever made as far as buying music. Great MUSIC, I will recommend it to every person I know. I will also continue to support amy music, so please Amy bring us more music
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Mitchell

Folk Fairytale
For a brief moment, you might mistake American transplant Amy Jo Johnson for someone raised on the Canadian Indie music scene. Betrayed only by her sometimes-country soul, Amy Jo is nevertheless comfortable in that special sect of indie musicians spilling their guts on a beaten up old acoustic. What is first and always most noticeable about Never Broken is how intensely personal it is; you'll hear Amy Jo's daughter perform the intro to the track, 'Lines.' Amy Jo's skill as a raconteur turns many of the tunes into what play as brief musical poems. The album merges smaller tunes into a longer, ongoing story, with the best tracks being the ones that keep the story going. The album plays as if from one small room, by one quiet fireside. This is where Amy Jo's music is most comfortable, and though she is capable of blowing the windows out, as in the crescendo of 'Bright Lights', she is seemingly content sitting quietly, singing in an intimate whisper, scratching her worn acoustic strings soulfully. Never Broken has a spirit like an indie film soundtrack. It is a wistful, sometimes-painful, sometimes-playful folk fairytale, that matches self-reflection with a campfire innocence.
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William Rios

Never Broken
Perfect!
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John V Arnold

The music relaxes, and gain with time.
First of all, I have to confess that this is going to be a very biased review. Biased because I'm a fan.
Amy Jo's voice is so beautiful and natural; powerful yet sensual at the same time. It sounds like honey and brown sugar. The album contains several new compositions as well new versions of songs that previously appeared on Imperfect. All the songs on this album feature deep meaningful lyrics, and are of a more folky style than her first album, Trans-American Treatment.
Bright Lights: The first track, and a new song. This kicks the album off with a good beat.
Crackerjacks: More low key and slightly gentler than Bright Lights.
Lines: Starting with a child speaking, this is a great new song. How many people had an image of a potters wheel during one point of this song? :-D
Relief: Very different, with an echoing vocal track that jarred me to start with. Totally different style of song that make take me a few listens to fully appreciate.
Monsters Inside: One of the shortest tracks on the album, yet on my first listen, seemed to be the longest. The piano melody is haunting and the vocals in this one just grabbed me.
God: I'm going to be honest now and say when I first heard this song, I didn't like it that much. This version however is pure Heaven!
Julia Roberts: The first song of the studio songs from Imperfect. I was never totally struck on this one on that album, but with studio additions - and a new verse - is fantastic! I love the new lines; whispered in a breathy, undertone way.
Self-Destruction: My unashamed favourite from Imperfect gets a revamp here. The use of slide guitar is inspired; though having said that, I prefer the version from her MySpace page (Pieces of me?)
Free: The last of the new pieces, and in my opinion, the weakest track on this album. Not to say I didn't like it, but if one has to be best, one has to be worst.
Blue Butterfly Boy: For me, this is the one track that hasn't improved with the studio work. I much prefer the lone guitar style that fitted with this song.
Dancing In-Between: This was Amy Jo's first abum release since gaining a new fanbase from Flashpoint, and Dancing In-Between is the one song those fans will know best. I'll very glad nothing was changed from the single release for this song. It's perfect the way it was, and is. (If there was any revamping on this song, then I didn't notice.)

All in all, another perfect album. It's hard to say which of her three albums is the best, because they are all different.
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