Sometimes the detours are the most interesting parts of the journey." - Darien Dean
(October 29, 2018- New York, NY) International singer-songwriter Darien Dean proudly presents his new album DETOURS via My Mouth Music/IhopeRecords. The album is part two in his "Notes From the Journey" trilogy and follows hot on the heels of last years award winning DEPARTURES . Darien returns with his signature storytelling and distinctive vocals, this time set to a dazzling array of soul inspired productions ranging from Big Band, Jazz, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and beyond, provided by Shawn Hibbler (Touch of Jazz) , Herb Middletown (Mary J. Blige, Usher) , Phil Lewis , and Isma Hill .
The lead single “Last Song” featuring powerhouse vocalist Tiffany T'zelle , is a Chicago 2-step inspired dance tune which has already found its way to the top of several charts and playlists worldwide with an accompanying video shot by The Dream Dept. The follow up entitled "Straight UP! features UK soul emissary Omar Lye-Fook (Leon Ware, Erykah Badu) and channels their Jamaican roots with a splash of Afrobeat akin to Fela Kuti , further displaying the diversity of this project.
Other noteworthy entries include the infectious hip hop infused “Todamore,” “Autopilot” featuring talkbox by O-Dawg and “Pressure” with lush horn arrangements provided by DEA horns.
“Detours is my most ambitious project to date. It’s a literal gumbo of sounds that have influenced me over the years. I believe in order to grow as artists we have to push past the familiar and enter into the fringe where the magic happens” - Darien Dean
About Darien Dean:
Darien Dean has gained international attention as a songwriter, vocalist and performer collaborating with artists such as Omar , Avery Sunshine , Angela Johnson , Reel People , Joey Negro , Hallex M , and several others. Throughout his career he has made numerous national TV appearances including BET’s “Music Matters and NBC’s “The Debrief with David Ushery . ” He consistently tours throughout Europe and has had extended runs in remote locations such as Thailand, Bali and Australia just to name just a few. For more of the latest news and information, visit www.dariendeanmusic.com
The first single from his upcoming project DETours
New York based soul singer/songwriter Darien Dean arrived on the scene with an award winning debut entitled "If These Walls Could Talk." His critically acclaimed sophomore project "Departures," gained him international acclaim with chart topping releases in the US, UK, and Japan, establishing him as a force to be reckoned with on the soul scene. Back from a rigorous touring schedule that has taken him all over Europe and to such far reaching locations as Thailand, Vietnam and Australia, he has returned with the brand new single "Last Song"
"Last Song" features the incredible vocal stylings of long time collaborator singer/songwriter Tiffany T'zelle and is the debut single from the soon to be released album entitled "Detours." Detours will be Darien's most ambitious project to date featuring legendary vocalist Omar Lyefook of the U.K. and production from hitmaker Herb Midelton (Usher, Mary J Blige).
A truly international joint endeavor with the A.R.T Agency Group in the US, IHrecords in France and the Music-AKency in Germany, "Last Song" is destined to have folks dancing the world over.
Early quote on "Last Song".
"This is feel good music baby, to put you in the mood if you are getting ready to enjoy a beautiful night out" - Lenny Green WBLS 107.5
"Last Song" is the steppers groove guaranteed to make you move! With summer right around the corner no playlist will complete without it!!
"Last Song" will be available worldwide on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all dgital platforms on May 9, 2018
AVAILABLE MAY 15th
They say good things come in 3's and to those who wait…..
Well, the wait is over.
On May 15th , Award-Winning Soul Singer Darien Dean releases his long-awaited sophomore project entitled “ Departures ,” the first chapter of the Notes From The Journey trilogy.
Departures features a noteworthy list of collaborators, including the incomparable songstress Avery*Sunshine , on the instant classic " Someone is You ," as well as production helmed by multi-platinum hitmaker Herb Middleton ( Mary J. Blige , Usher ) and studio veteran Shawn Hibbler ( Kindred the Family Soul , Darius Rucker ), all the while showcasing the same great storytelling-soul that we fell in love with on Darien’s highly acclaimed debut " If These Walls Could Talk ."
“I love the songwriting process. In a divided world, our stories are the one thing that unify us and reveal how similar we really are.” - Darien
Darien Dean is a soul chemist. In his laboratory, nothing is off limits: combining timeless materials echoing to days past, as heard on the infectious “ Harmless ”; to the modern soul musings of “ Find a Way, ” to the haunting melodies and timely subject matter of “ Wonders ” and “ Pieces, ” his unique and personal songwriting approach keeps the eclectic mix beautifully cohesive.
After a successful global tour, stretching from all corners of Europe, to Australia, Bali and Hong Kong; with performances in such legendary halls as the Jazz Café (London), the Bizz’art (Paris), and A-trane (Germany), the stage is finally set for the release of the first chapter in what is sure to be a Notable Journey!!
With thought provoking lyrics and a soul moving tenor " Departures " will take you on an incredible ride.
Get your ticket, this is one journey you don't want to miss!
Please enjoy a sneak peek into the upcoming release “ Departures ” with the vibe heavy " Harmless ."
“ Harmless ” brings the sound and feel of Darien’s live show to record with the assistance of world class musicians: Les Cleveland (drummer; Prince, Larry Graham ), Ricardo Ramos (guitar; Trey Songz ), LeShawn Thomas (bass), Phillip Lewis (keys), & DEA Horns (horns; Trey Songz ).
MAY 15 th “DEPARTURES” will be available through CD Baby at www.cdbaby.com, iTunes and all other credible download sites.
Licensed in France by IH Records (Isma Hill, The Line) and P-Vine Records in Japan.