Darren "The Soul Entertainer"

Darren "The Soul Entertainer"

 Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., USA
BandR&BAdult Contemporary

Singer… Poet…Songwriter…. Entertainer. Darren is an artist that knows that sheer talent is only a third of what makes an icon. Soul music with no boundaries, The soundtrack to you life!

Biography

We all are on this journey of life, searching to achieve love and struggling to fulfill the vision, goals and dreams God has given us.” - Darren: Singer, Poet, Songwriter, Entertainer.

Darren is an artist that knows that sheer talent is only a third of what makes an icon. His talent was discovered at a young age and later developed through hard work and the will to be heard. He credits the diverse Washington DC area known as the DMV with showing him experiences that helped him create his lyrical style & sound. Darren is like nothing that you have ever heard. Defining his style of soul that constantly evolves taking Progressive & Alternative sounds & infusing them with modern jazz styling, mellow rock instrumentation, a subtle use of soulful vocal harmonies & honest lyrics with no restraints. His unique voice & style exemplifies the musical styles of Lionel Richie, Teena Marie, Phyllis Hyman, Phil Collins, Elton John, Billy Ocean & Natalie Cole are all artist who has influence his brand of heartfelt power ballads & edge 90's urban uptempo's reminiscent of Mary J. Blige . From adolescence he has become a student of the arts. Studying classical music at Suitland Performing Arts High school from well known opera singers from all over the world including Rose Bello, Gilchrist Sprave & Angela Walker that polished his vocal range & abilities. Darren finds new and innovative ways to tell a story of love, hate, anger, and humility by pouring every compartment of his mind, soul, and heart into his music. This artist believes in holding nothing back on his studio productions and on stage. Darren is currently making a name for himself performing at various venues, tours & festivals in the U.S, He has also opened up for headlining artist such as Kelly Price, K.Michelle, Robin.S & Raheem DeVaughn. As well as being an advocate for the LGBT Community in the fight against HIV & Aids with his involvement with the New York based organization "LifeBeat.org". "Reaching Out 4 You", was the first single released in November "08" becoming an instant success and hit on the web from the release of his mix-tape The Beautiful Struggle Vol.1, It was his first installment of a lifetime of albums to come. In this body of work, Darren displays his songwriting abilities in addition to his vocal style. His debut album "In Search Of..." was released in December 2010 to rave reviews has become a soundtrack for modern times as well as keeping his fans inspired & uplifted. Darren's highly anticipated sophomore album "Instant Gratification" due in stores & online December 4th 2012 is a journey 6 years in the making, marking this album as his best work yet mixing acoustic piano & guitar driven power ballads & in your face lyrics this will be the start of an amazing new chapter for the self proclaimed "Soul Entertainer". Keep an ear to this artist because this is only the beginning.

Discography

"Instant Gratification" - Released 12-04-2012
Singles - Us (released October 8, 2012)
- I Am

"In Search Of..." - Released 12-7-2010
Singles - Sooner Or Later
- Crash
- Alive
- Still Waiting

The Beautiful Struggle Vol.1 (The Mix-Tape) - Released 11-20-2008
Singles - Reaching Out 4 U
- Finally
- Keep Me Working

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Events/Appearances

2012 Baltimore Black Pride
2012 Atlanta Black Pride "Opening Ceremony & Film Festival"
HIV & Aid Awareness "Zumba" Thon Event Spetember 2012 Host by Darren "The Soul Entertainer"
Hearts & Voices NYC "Presented by LifeBeat" 2011
New York City Pride-fest 2011
Kettering-Largo-Mitchellville Festival - 2011,2010
Make Music Chicago Festival - 2011,2010
Heart & Voices DC "Presented by Life Beat" - 2010, 2011, 2012
Acoustic Conversations with Darren "The Soul Entertainer" 2011 Tabaq Bistro,Washington DC
3rd & 4th Annual Inspiration Through The Arts - 2009, 2010
Dollhouse Magazine "Fall Music Issue" 2011
Still Searching Tour (in support of "In Search Of.." the album) Summer 2011 - NYC, Washington DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago
Howard University Homecoming Yard Fest 2009
Washington DC Black Pride Festival - 2009
Love Nightclub - 2009
George Washington University Urban Festival 2008
Be-Bar Nightclub Washington DC - 2008
Ongoing yearly open mics/events - Love Jones DC, Busboys & Poets, N.A.D.D.S of Baltimore, World Cafe in Philadelphia

Set List


SET-LIST ORDER

PROTOOLS – CD SET
• Intro – Bombs
• Change
• Dance Break (Put It Down/Mercy) {Mia needs to be on standby for her song}
• Sooner Or Later – Featuring Chadon Diva
• I Am – Featuring Chadon Diva
• What You Won’t do For love

ACOUSTIC GUTAIR SET
• Us
• Time After Time
• Reaching Out 4 U {Tangie needs to get ready for her performance}

PIANO SET
• Crash
• Enough
• Wildflower/ You Are My Friend/ Every time I Close My Eyes Medley
• Be Myself Again
• Still Waiting/Everybody Knows Your Name Medley Finale