PRESENTED BY DANIELLE TOPOROFF
BROUGHT TO YOU IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SKYELAB MUSIC GROUP
Have you ever had a secret you knew wouldn’t stay under the tables for long? The appeal too great to stay softly spoken among only a few? Well…this secret is now Darnell Levine. An emerging music artist with an unapologetic vocal delivery, honest lyrics, toxic melodies, and strong sense of who he is, Levine is bringing reprieve to the sometimes stagnant air in the current elbow-to-elbow music industry. Unlike some, he treads softly on topics of musical comparison – considered a breed of R&B with singer-songwriter aesthetics, he lets the music moderate any sentiments of association. The anticipated release of his second studio album will come on the heels of a short US tour, setting him up to be 2010-2011 ARTIST TO WATCH.
Louisville, Kentucky native Darnell Levine Anderson was driven into music at an early age, literally. He fell in love with music while riding in cars to and from his parents’ destinations. Morning rides to work with his father exposed him to the Bee Gees, Ray Charles, The Carpenters, and Bonnie Raitt. His afternoon ride in his mother’s 1986 Toyota Camry exposed him to The Stylistics, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Sam Cooke, and Luther Vandross. Darnell credits these musical inspirations as his school outside of school. Though he started out shy, by his teen years he began leading with church and local high school choirs. Meanwhile, a formally trained percussionist and self-taught pianist, Levine hadn’t yet picked up a pen to write his own songs.
In 2001, he entered the University of Kentucky and became known for his singing abilities throughout the campus. He started listening to more jazz, traditional gospel, blues, and the new, at the time, breed of music dubbed neo-soul. As his passion for music grew in college, Levine and friends cultured their gifts through the creation of miCheck (pronounced mike-check), an open-mic experience for students and local musicians, which is still a tradition on the University of KY campus. Soon he fell in love with the hot and sweet sounds of jazz arrangements and the newly popular neo-soul movement. Equipped with this backdrop, Levine was ready to write his own words and play his own music.
Levine will be introducing himself to untapped territories and gauging live audience reactions to help position his next new song release as a part of a new Single Release Format he’s adopting. This Single Release Format releases a brand new song as a single every quarter that will subsequently lead to an all-in single-based album release planned for 2011-2012. This new format will be accompanied by his own signature viral content including videos, album artwork design, #IAMMUSIC campaign development, and consistent U.S. and International touring, presenting a continuum of viral and physical content..
“So Nice To Be Loved” the latest single, is a laid back groove positioned atop a Caribbean inspired beat with guitars and pianos carrying the melody and Conga drums maintaining the rhythm. His R&B sound and jazz training make the tune the perfect first single and will set the tone for the tour. His uniquely confident voice and style is here to fulfill a demand in the music industry…the mixture of R&B, jazz, soul, blues, and hip hop. It is common place for Darnell to ‘scat’ and ‘boo bop’ through a track, followed by an emotion-filled ballad, and then rhythmically flow into his signature body/mouth percussion with the ‘swag’ of hip-hop and class of a R&B veteran.
Darnell Levine has transcended into an excelled writer, performer, and musician. He has shared the stage with the likes of Mint Condition, Bilal, John Legend, Shelia E., and Lalah Hathaway. His music can be found on Music Choice TV and Yahoo Radio, as well as sold through Amazon and iTunes. Recently, Levine performed during the 2010 Grammy’s at Jamie Foxx’s FoxxHole Live in LA where his performance was simulcast live on Sirius Radio.
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