Darien Dean

Darien Dean

 Mount Vernon, New York, USA
BandHip HopSoul

Take the energy and intensity of Hip-Hop and combine it with the intricacy and honesty of Soul music and you have Darien. Accompanied by an All Star band, Darien's powerful vocals and message combine for a full banquet for the Soul.

Biography

Pur·pose  1. doing something with willful intention, 2. the reason for which something exists or is done.

Darien Dean is an artist with a purpose.  Hailing from Mount Vernon, New York, this soul singer burst onto the scene with alluring vocals and a distinctive stage presence.   Fed a healthy diet of Hip Hop and Classic Soul, this multi-talented MC, singer, and dancer, honed his abilities as a producer, arranger and engineer to craft a more authentic approach to contemporary songwriting.

"Darien, an independent singer, songwriter and producer, has evoked the brilliance of original soul music of decades past."   -Soul Interviews

"The Next SoulMan: Darien's debut Album,"If These Walls Could Talk", is about to make him an artist of huge importance to Soul Fans." - Echoes Magazine

"Through his mastery of words, he paints the most beautiful, uplifting and honest moments."  -Soulchoonz

"If These Walls Could Talk," Darien’s debut album (Righteous Music Records), has been met with much critical success receiving such accolades as Soultracks.com 2009 "New Artist of the Year",  JazzandSoul.eu, "Top Track of the Year" award as well as Singersroom.com "Artist to Watch in 2010.”

A natural born entertainer, Darien’s spirited musical style earned him a coveted spotlight at the 2010 Soul Beach Music Festival in Aruba, opening for Mary J. Blige.  He has captured the interest of industry executives and enamored the Capital Jazz Festival audience. He was crowned victor of the Budweiser Superfest 2010 Battle for the Crown of New York and ultimately the Grand Champion of the the competition. His humble, yet star studded rise to fame has placed him amongst the honorable ranks of soul super heavyweights: Kem, Anthony Hamilton, Raheem DeVaughn, Jazmine Sullivan and others.

International recognition followed the release of his hit single “Alibi”. Darien, presently a favored contender on the global airwaves, has recorded with UK band Reel People. He is licensed under Japanese affiliate BBQ Records, gaining him popularity that knows no cultural divide.

Recently, a stateside collaboration with fellow independent artist, Angela Johnson spawned the song "All in Me" which led to a Japanese Tour.  The song is steadily gaining momentum and has charted as high as number 4 in the DC market on commercial radio WHUR amongst such artists as Usher, Alicia Keys, Sade and more.

Darien’s avant-garde delivery of timeless music with provocative social themes demands a rooted footing in the genre of Soul Music.

"Music is my purpose and I create knowing the responsibility that commands."  -Darien

Lyrics

Showya

Written By: Darien

Showya

I can see your star from miles away
Especially late at night when you're out to play
And I can tell your ready by the way you move
I'm getting all excited just watching you

And I just wanna show you things you've never seen
In all your wildest dreams
So baby just enjoy yourself
Sit back, relax we're on our way
Our way to ecstasy

At times you've felt as distant as the Milky Way
But luckily for me that's not the case today
I'm on a secret mission to your heart
To give you what you been missin' from the start

Chorus

Even in an overcrowded room
When our eyes meet it's just me and you
Girl your invitation’s got me high
A former constellation now your mine

Chorus

Show me the shortest route
To get me from here to you

My Door

Written By: Darien

My Door

I used to sit by the window
Watchin' the days go by
Seemed to me
Life could be simple
If I never stepped outside
The walls I used
For strength and protection
Somehow seemed to trap me in
So on the day
You offered to rescue me
I knew I had to let you in

When you-
You knocked on my door
It was such a good feelin' that I
Couldn't ask
For anything more

And for the first time
I put my heart in someone's hands
Not worried what the future might lead me to
'Cause when you came
You told me I should be prepared
'Cause the walls might crumble down
But we can take the pieces and build somethin' new

Chorus

The sun shined my way
When I met you
So warm and so bright
This is - For all of the clouds you had to get through
To be in my life

It's like you freed me
When you came in
And you always had the key

Love Revolution

Written By: Darien

Love Revolution

We cry freedom
Free to love, we're free
Free to sleep around and do the things we please
But where's our reason, can't we see by now
Consequence has shown us, love ain’t really free
Now, I know there's been some changes
Different stages love has gone and made it through
But I can't help but feel it's dangerous
The path we go down now will show us no returns

Let’s start a Love
Love
Revolution
Revolution
Change the system
To change the future

Think back two generations
Man, the family structure was so different then
Now fast forward to the present
Where the single parent home is prominent
'Cause we got babies (babies) , havin' babies (babies)
Seems temptation and pleasure became best friends
But without love we've got nothing
'Cause it's the foundation on which this whole world depends

Chorus

Composure

Written By: Darien

Composure

It begins
We met as friends, workin' on the job
Can't pretend
Even back then I watched you from afar
You learn me - I'll study you
Highlight my favorite parts
The stars aligned
Yours and mine
Perfect from the start

Though I barely know ya
I lose all composure when I'm with you
Through prolonged exposure
Love me and escape in somethin' new

My eyes were closed
And you took my hand
And led me through the dark
Said happiness
May all depend on
Where you place your heart
You welcomed me
With open arms
When my ship hit your shore
In this world we're livin' in
There's just one thing left that's pure

Chorus

Let's take a journey
Come on let's get away
Love will be our guide
No reservations
Just pack up and go
Just love me when we get there

You helped me
Express the things that
My words could never say (never say)
The day you opened
And you let me in (You let me in)
I knew heaven wasn't far away

Gone

Written By: Darien

GONE

I'm gone
I'm leavin’ here today
Gonna get so far away
That all the bad days that I've known will never find me
So long to the life I used to live
Though I kept it positive,
Been there and done that and
there's so much more to see
I know that it's time for me to grow
I gotta get out this fish bowl
And go and test my fins by swimmin’ in the sea
So now I'm

I'm gone
Said I gotta leave
Said I'm gone

Let go
Like a kite without a string
Pack light, left everything
'Cause when I get there
I'll have all that I could need and
I won't give up my window seat
I wanna see my destiny
While maintainin' altitude and steady speed
Explore like a place I've never been
Feels good to breathe again
And in my book of life a new chapter begins
Now that I'm

Chorus

Why think small
When the world is just so big
And I got so much to give
Nothing to lose left my excuses are way behind me
It's my boat
So I chose to raise the sail
'Cause I knew it couldn't fail
And where I'm goin' you gon’ need a map to find me
I'm sure
Some folks gon’ disagree
But I know what's best for me
And if you wanna
You can feel free to talk about me when I'm gone

Chorus

I'm leavin' on the next plane,
I know that I won't be back again
So much I got to see
But your welcome to follow me
I'm leavin' on the next plane,
I know that I won't be back again
So much I got to see
But if you chose to follow me
Then we're gone

Discography

"If These Walls Could Talk" Righteous Music 2009
"If These Walls Could Talk" Japanese release BBQ Records 2009
contains the singles:
"Composure"
"Showya"
"Gone"
"Love Revolution"
"Seasons"
"My Door"
"Sail Thru"
"Magic" - Japanese release only

"Alibi" - Seven Ways To Wonder Reel People 2008
"Upside" - Seven Ways To Wonder Reel People 2008

"One Step" The Realm 2008

"Mistaken" Bakura Trebleo 2008

"Holiday" free release 2008

"Don't Go" Soulacoaster Digisoul Records UK 2010
"Can't Hide" Soulacoaster Digisoul Records UK 2010

"All In Me" It's Personal Purpose Records 2010