We are thrilled to announce that Darren's lead single "D-Luxe" from his new album SONIC BOOM has just gone #1 on the Billboard Chart! Thank you to all the listeners, DJ's and Radio Programmers who have shown such tremendous support!
We are proud to announce that Darren's new album "Sonic Boom" from Woodward Avenue Records (Sony/RED Distribution) is now available worldwide. You can purchase it at retail and order it online from iTunes and Amazon
Available for Amazon Pre-Order now and shipping starting March 4, "Sonic Boom" from Woodward Avenue Records is almost here!! And the new single "D-Luxe" hits radio worldwide TODAY!!!
I am so incredibly excited to announce the release of my new album, "Sonic Boom," available March 4, 2016 on Woodward Avenue Records!! My new radio single, "D-Luxe," will hit the airwaves in just a few weeks on February 1st.
This album is the most heartfelt representIon of my musical personality to date and I can't wait to share it with you! It was painstakingly crafted with the greatest care to be a complete musical experience. "Sonic Boom" features world class musicians playing real instruments on songs that come straight from my heart. These are full length songs with actual endings - no fades! The album is designed to play down much like a live set. You will hear a wide variety of my musical influences from jazz to funk, R&B to pop and fusion to gospel. I spent an incredible amount of time creating what I hope will be the most musical and sonically pleasing album to come from my studio thus far. "Sonic Boom" was created from the depths of my heart and forged with the best tools I could get my hands on. The audio was crafted using the finest analog equipment combined with the best digital technology available. Great effort was made to create a collection of music that takes the listener on a journey that is musically, emotionally and sonically compelling. It is my hope that you hear it that way.
I want to say a special thank you to Mark Nordman, CEO of Woodward Avenue Records, for his support, dedication to excellence, creativity, understanding and for allowing me the freedom to take all the time necessary to deliver a well seasoned collection of music.
I'm bursting at the seams to say more, but please stay tuned for additional details, including the list of incredible special guest artists and session players who are featured on "Sonic Boom." This album is as much a reflection of them as it is of me. I am humbled and grateful to have such a talented musical cast surrounding me on this project. This group of exceptional musicians knocked it out of the park!
"Sonic Boom" is the most personal record I've ever made. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it!! ~Darren
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With over 25 #1 radio singles and multiple Grammy nominations over the past 11 years as an artist, producer and mixing engineer, Darren Rahn has become urban jazz’s premiere sonic architect, the “go-to” guy for established genre greats and up and comers looking for their next sure-fire hit. Yet in signing with Woodward Avenue Records and recording his fifth album, the British Columbia born, Denver based saxophonist – who launched his solo career with Soulful in 2004 - is after something more meaningful than a few more instantly infectious smashes. The multi-talented performer’s desire to launch his second decade as an innovative powerhouse by creating music in his truest voice, straight from the heart, is perfectly in line with the label’s unique mission: to let artists make music authentic to themselves, beyond the trappings of formulas and strictly commercial considerations.
Rahn’s lifelong affinity for woodwinds started as a kid with the clarinet before he taught himself baritone sax to join his junior high jazz band. He has infused his previous four albums – including Once in a Lifetime (2005), Talk of the Town (2009) and Speechless (2012) – with a mix of tenor, alto and soprano. On the new album, he believes that the best way to display the purest representation of his artistry is to focus strictly on the tenor. “I’ve matured to the point on my musical journey where I believe it’s time to really make that choice,” he says. “I’ll still play alto, soprano and baritone, but the horn that shows my heart and my core as a musician, and that I wanted to showcase on this album, is the tenor.”
Another unique element is the decision to go with all live drums, as opposed to his previous trademark mix of live and computer generated grooves, in addition to instruments like the Hammond B-3 organ and Bosendorfer piano. Because the project is about much more than simply creating ten new potential singles for radio, he is also composing some longer tunes, and ones that explore his equal passions for pop, rock and R&B/funk – as well as his lifelong affinity for the gospel music he grew up playing. Rahn’s desire to keep things as organic and raw as possible has lead to a bona fide, expansive jazz fusion track on the new album.
“The new album will be my most honest and heartfelt to date, with real musicians and an overall live performance feel,” he says. “I’ll have some of the flare and style people are used to from me, but I’m not looking to conform to the genre but instead draw from those funk, jazz fusion and gospel roots as well. This record is really going to showcase my ‘voice’ as an artist more than I’ve done previously, as well as show more versatility. I’m working to make it my best engineering and production to date, but the essence is being built around the saxophone, completely reflective of the blessed place I am in my life.”
Six years after the untimely passing of his close friend, contemporary jazz bass great Wayman Tisdale, Rahn is paying homage to him via the ballad “Losing You.” Rahn explains, “It was a song I could have recorded earlier, but I didn’t feel ready until now. It’s designed to pay homage to a great musician and wonderful friend while also bringing me personal resolution. For fans, his loss was tremendous, but for those of us who were closest to Wayman, his loss was more impactful than anyone could imagine. This tune was my way of saying I’m now at peace with his loss as much as I can be.”
Rahn, who launched his career producing, engineering and mixing for local Denver area artists starting in the late 90s, began working with Tisdale after Rendezvous Music, an independent label co-owned by Dave Koz, showed interest in signing him. While the label couldn’t commit to adding Rahn to their roster, they were so impressed with his production that they offered to have helm a track for Tisdale, one of their top artists. In 2004, just as his own solo career was gaining steam, Rahn produced the bassist’s hit cover of “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”; it was in the pole position on the airplay charts for four weeks and stayed in the Top 10 for nearly eight months. His subsequent production work on Tisdale’s Way Up! project resulted in a #1 Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album. He has garnered Grammy nominations for his work as a producer, composer, mix engineer, and session musician for other artists including two Grammy nominated Dave Koz projects: Hello Tomorrow and Summer Horns.
Rahn’s dual paths as an artist and producer reached a unique pinnacle in 2008-2009, when his own single “Talk of the Town” hit #1 on the Billboard jazz chart (followed by the Top 5 track “What Cha Gonna Do For Me”) and he scored three consecutive #1 productions (14 weeks in all) on the Radio & Records smooth jazz chart, holding the top position with Koz, Eric Darius and Tim Bowman. During this time, Rahn held the top three chart positions for several weeks and had as many as four songs in the Top Ten at the same time. Over the years, as his detail-oriented sonic excellence led to more and more hit recordings, his resume has grown to include everyone from Toby Keith, Jonathan Butler and Najee to Bob James, Kirk Whalum, Jeffrey Osborne, Phil Perry, Jeff Lorber, Norman Brown, Jonathan Fritzen, Scott Allman, Julian Vaughn, Nick Colionne, Lebron, Dave Bradshaw, Jr., Patrick Lamb, Ryan Montano and many others.
Growing up on a farm in in a small British Columbia mountain town and later in San Diego, Rahn’s formative musical experiences – and the foundation of his later passion for jazz and other genres – came from playing gospel music. In addition to performing at his home churches, he toured around with his parents’ singing group. Throughout his journey, he played everything from traditional hymns to mainstream Southern gospel tunes. After playing jazz in both junior high and high school, he studied music as an undergraduate at Adams State University, then earned his master’s and part of his Doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado in classical saxophone and jazz pedagogy. Settling in Denver, Rahn by 1997 was self-employed as a freelance producer, writing his own material on the side as he worked towards his eventual emergence as a solo artist.
“Working on the new album, I’ve really been enjoying the variety of music that draws from all of these musical roots,” he says. “It was especially fun and effortless recording the gospel tune because that was such a huge part of my background. Because of the freedom I have to explore as an artist with Woodward Avenue Records, I also appreciate the opportunity to approach the compositions more from a melodic sense. I am building all of the songs around melodies I compose at the piano, as opposed to starting with big production ideas and working the tunes around those. I’m really excited about this special project and the start of this new phase of my solo career.”
We are excited to announce several new tour dates for Darren. Darren is scheduled to release his new album after the New Year. In anticipation of his release, he will be performing and conducting master classes around the globe. Upcoming tour dates include August 7th in Denver, CO with Gerald Albright & Tim Bowman, September 12th in Atlanta, GA with Tim Bowman and an Asia tour (courtesy of P.Mauriat) that will include Taipei, Taiwan, Bangkok, Thailand with an anticipated stop in Seoul, Korea. More dates and details are being added to the Gigs Calendar, so be sure to check regularly for updates.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Management for Darren Rahn
DENVER, CO - January 26, 2015 - Darren Rahn is happy to announce Priscilla Shaw as his personal and artist manager.
Priscilla has an artistic vision that will balance connecting Darren with his clients while freeing him to spend more time creating new music for clients and fans. Her many years of experience planning concert events and booking world class talent are great assets that will be an excellent match for Darren's career.
For concert/festival bookings, production inquiries, recording inquires, mixing and mastering inquiries, as well interviews and publicity, please contact Priscilla Shaw at firstname.lastname@example.org