Johnny @ Ignite 2015

Coming up on November 14th, I have the great privilege of playing my first acoustic set at the Ignite 2015 music festival. 

While I guess I’m probably more well known for my heavy metal works, I’ve written many songs over the years that I will soon be  orchestrating into my follow up album to the Easter 2015 “The Great Mistrial (or Go to Dark Gethsemane).”  

The songs I’m playing on November 14th will make up a great portion of the new album – acoustic now, heavier  soon.

I am especially looking forward to sharing these songs in their more ‘stripped-down’ state. It’s going create a more personal and emotional performance. I look forward to seeing you all there!

Event details here


Our New Addition & New Life!

My wife and I announced in February of this year that we were pregnant! On September 3rd, our new member of the Newman family showed up! In fact, his flight was a whole month early! At a healthy and happy 5lbs 4oz, we welcomed Jude Maddox Newman to the world! We would also find out a week later that God had blessed us even more; however, we did not perceive it that way at the time.

Jude “The Dude”

We received news and test results that showed Jude to have Down Syndrome. At first we were angry. We nearly yelled at the geneticist, exclaimed that we were going to get a second opinion, and refused to believe that something like this could happen to us.

We barely knew anyone with DS, and every other family member that we talked to only replied to us saying that they were “sorry” – as if this were some sort of death sentence; or they replied they knew someone that new someone else that had DS, and they were always such a happy person.

If you are a parent of a child who happens to have an extra chromosome, you know very well that none of the above is helpful at all.

As we got plugged in to our local DS awareness group, we got to meet other families and kids. We received an overwhelming support and love for our Jude. We’ve become aware of so many resources for him and have actually come to embrace this new life ahead of us. We couldn’t imagine our child being any other way, nor would we want him to be.

If you’re a parent, old or new, of a child with Down Syndrome, the above is just everything in a nutshell. Our child is just now 8 weeks old, and it’s been a whirlwind of emotions that could go on for pages. Do not hesitate to reach out to me, or leave a comment below! ¬†For anyone and everyone else – PLEASE, check out the Preferred Language Guide from the National Down Syndrome Society and let’s make the world a more encouraging, loving, and accepting place!


So, this is an official reboot for this blog I’ve had for almost 10 years now. I started it when I was in college for my music. Since then, life looks different, and the music has changed somewhat.

This blog is not just for music, but it’s also for life, family, encouragement, and worship. So! There’s much news and goings-on to share! Let’s go!