Introducing the newly launched singer-songwriter Darrin Charles, based out of small city of New Port Richey, Florida. While growing up in a musical family Darrin watched friends and close relatives as they skillfully, carefully placed their fingers over the cords of a guitar.
Little did they know that Darrin was meticulously taking notes in his mind. That is, he would map out -through memory -each progression of cords and notes. He would then steal away to himself, get alone with his guitar, and mimic exactly what he observed and heard.
Darrin recently garnered some prestgious attention at the 2019 International Christian Film and Music Festival in Orlando, Florida. Out of around 800 plus submissions received one of 12 “Best Songwriter” nominations. Not bad for first time submission and fierce competition.It was in his blood, early in life, to make it to more of a formidable stage! And, it is in his DNA to write and record original music. So, he did. Rest assured, this spiritually influenced artist has been honing his craft for many years.
Yet he’s never had to bide time ‘busking’ on streets or working as a street busker. But he certainly admires the route these artists take to “make it.”Darrin can point to several musical influences behind the music he now writes: Jason Mraz, David Gray, Shaday, and Darrin also talks about the incredible influence of classic rock icons -The Beatles, Eagles, other great bands of the seventies, among others.
About Jason Mraz, “He involves so many styles, like Reggae, even shades of Sade,” says Charles. “I just feast on all that range of styles you find in Jason’s repertoire.” Darrin also pulls influence from several country artists. If he gets pinned down to name one that stands out over the rest, he will cite Brad Paisley as one to especially admire. “But know this, he is a really under-rated guitarist too,” Darrin proclaims. Darrin is happily married to his beautiful wife Linda and have 3 childrenSome years ago Darrin helped form a band called Suburban Struggle.
Today, you can find them playing at a variety of venues all over Pinellas County. And sometimes, you can catch them a little further away in neighboring regions of Florida. One observer and a local business owner commented, “you can go to places around St. Pete and see Darrin and his guys really rocking out the house.”
For more updates and exciting content follow @urbangospelblog. Stay blessed.