All songs written by Oliver Hartmann except "Like A River" and "From A Star" written by Armin Donderer, "Shout" written by Roland Orzabal l!o. Ian Stanley.
Produced by Oliver Hartmann
Mixed by Sascha Paeth
Mastered by Simon Oberender
Oliver Hartmann first appeared on the international music scene during the late 90s as the front man of the Heavy
~ Rock outfit AT VANCE. During his successful time with the band they recorded 4 albums and Oliver became became an internationally known and well respected singer. His powerful voice has been on such rock operas as HAMMERFALL, EDGUY, HELLOWEEN, LUNATICA, RHAPSODY, SOUL SELLER and EMPTY TREMOR.
After leaving AT VANCE he started to focus more on the songwriting for his new band HARTMANN. Frontiers Records signed them
in 2004 and the first album ,Out In The Cold" was released in 2005. The HARTMANN debut was the positive surprise of the
year for many people, it received rave reviews and was rated "Album Of The Month" in many well known Rock magazines all over
the world. Among the most notable achievements was being elected as "Debut Album Of The Year" on melodicrock.com, the song
"What If I" becoming ,Song Of The Year" and "Into The Light" coming in 2nd on the ,Ballad Of The Year" poll of the same webzine.
Following a tour over Europe in 2006 as support act for rock legends TOTO the band went back into the studio to record the second
album ,Home". It was released in 2007 and promoted subsequently by support tours for HOUSE OF LORDS and THE HOOTERS.
In September 2007 the band played two exclusive shows in the intimate atmosphere of an old Vaudeville theatre. The inspired
performance of the band and their three female guest singers was filmed and recorded for the live DVD I CD ,Handmade".
With tracks taken from the first two albums as well as previously unreleased songs and a tremendous cover version of John Miles'
"Music", the set convinced reviewers and fans worldwide and received great write-ups in the global press.
2008 saw Oliver Hartmann touring as guitarist/singer for Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA, the internationally successful DVD I CD set
"The Flying Opera" documents these live events. European shows with HARTMANN as support for EDGUY followed in spring 2009.
In late 2009 the next HARTMANN studio album followed. With the aptly titled CD ,3" the band again delivered the goods with
songs of their unique brand of Melodic Rock with a modern twist, including the outstanding duet "Brothers" with EDGUY I
AVANTASIA's Tobias Sammet.
During the past two years, the band HARTMANN played numerous shows as support of bands such as MOTHER'S FINEST, URIAH
HEEP and Y&T and in January 2012 Oliver Hartmann joined the line-up for the very successful ROCK MEETS CLASSIC tour on
vocals and guitars. The concerts showcased the impressive cast of Rock legends by the likes of Ian Gillan/ DEEP PURPLE, Jimi
Jamison/ SURVIVOR, Steve Lukather/ TOTO, Chris Thompson/ ex-MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND and Robin Beck.
The recordings for the new HARTMANN album "Balance" were completed in April 2012. The 4th effort of the band once again
offers melodic Rock music with a modern approach on the highest international level backed by a top notch production. The songs,
mostly written by Oliver Hartmann himself, cover a wide variety of moods and showcase the whole range of the musical genre,
always focusing on catchy melodies and expressive choruses. Highlights include the irresistible mid-tempo opener ''All My Life",
the cleverly arranged rocker "You Are The One", the relaxed tune "Dance On The Wire", the diverse "Fall From Grace", the power
ballad "After The Love Is Gone" and the atmospheric track "From A Star". In addition to the original material, "Balance" includes
a stunning cover version of the TEARS FOR FEARS smash "Shout".
"Balance" was once again mixed by Sascha Paeth (Avantasia, Edguy, Epica, Kamelot) at Gate Studios, Wolfsburg, Germany
and will be released on the 1st of June 2012 on the AVENUE OF ALLIES label.
HARTMANN are :
Oliver Hartmann :
vocals I guitars
Armin Donderer :
Dario Ciccioni :
Additional musicians :
JUrgen WUst :
organ on "Fall From Grace"
Xaver Fischer :
on "After The Love Is Gone"
on tracks 1,4,5,6,8,10,11,12