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Nick D’Virgilio, Neal Morse & Ross Jennings launch “Anywhere The Wind Blows”, the first single from ‘Sophomore’

Nick D’Virgilio, Neal Morse & Ross Jennings

In 2021, three giants of the progressive rock scene, Nick D’Virgilio (from Big Big Train), Neal Morse (known for Transatlantic and NMB), and Ross Jennings (of Haken and Novena fame), collaborated on the ‘Troika’ album. This project saw them delving into their passion for acoustic-driven music and intricate three-part vocal harmonies. Excitingly, they’ve just announced the upcoming release of their follow-up album, appropriately titled ‘Sophomore,’ set to hit the shelves on November 10th, 2023.

Today, the band is thrilled to unveil the album’s debut single, ‘Anywhere The Wind Blows,’ accompanied by its official video. You can check out the video right here:

Neal Morse comments: “I was sitting on a beach with a baby acoustic guitar in my hands and the ocean wind blowing on my face, and began to play the opening riff. The rest of the song flowed easily. There was a certain sense of freedom that day that I think comes across in the song. I’m so glad that Nick and Ross wanted to record it because I immediately thought of them. The sense of freedom that I had that day…I hope it fills the hearts of the people who are listening to the song.  It’s a good feeling…”

‘Sophomore’ will be available on Limited CD Edition (incl. 2 bonus tracks), Ltd Gatefold Transparent Red LP, Ltd Gatefold Transparent Blue LP & as Digital Album. Pre-order now here: https://dvirgiliomorsejennings.lnk.to/Sophomore

Sophomore

1.Hard To Be Easy
2.Linger At The Edge Of My Memory
3.Tiny Little Fires
4.Right Where You Should Be
5.The Weary One
6.Mama
7.I’m Not Afraid
8.Weighs Me Down
9.Walking On Water
10.Anywhere The Wind Blows
11.Right Where You Should be (Alternative Version)*
12.The Weary One (Alternative Version)*
*CD bonus tracks

The three musicians began trading song ideas in late 2022, before choosing 10 of those to record in January 2023. “I think there was always a plan in the back of everybody’s minds about doing a second one. We just got the conversation started and then started checking out some tunes. There were a lot of songs that were a little less fleshed out than with the first album, but once we got the ball rolling, it kind of went really fast”, says Nick D’Virgilio.

For the three members, this group serves as something different for all of them. Morse explains, “I’ve never been part of a group that was like this one. Most people know I’m a big CSN fan and I love Yes’s three-part harmonies and The Beatles as well. My dad was a choir director, so harmonies are in my blood! DMJ is a special group that is its own unique cup of tea and has such a nice flavor. Great blend. The main thing for me is to be working on good songs; it doesn’t matter to me who writes them or necessarily that much about styles. If the songs are good, then I’m all about it.”

Jennings agrees, “I’m a huge fan of country and folk music, I love the three-part harmony style. As a vocalist known for progressive metal releases, prior to forming the band I could never have predicted that I’d be considered to be part of a group making music like this. It’s still mind-blowing to me since I’d never officially recorded and released any music of this genre to prove that I can do it. Making these records with Nick and Neal has been such a pleasant and rewarding experience. It’s funny how things work out sometimes!”

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