Darren Beachley’s voice may be one of the most recognized in acoustic/bluegrass/roots music today. He’s been touring and playing professionally for over 30 years. His emotive vocals are only surpassed by the passion that he sings each line with in a voice that truly comes straight from his heart. His musical journey started as a mere child at the foot of many of Washington DC’s greats. Darren watched and took mental notes and asked questions of his heroes. By age 11 Darren was performing with his father in the Washington DC area’s club scene and learning quickly about being a professional. Learning all the rights and wrongs. His first full time musical break came when the legendary Bill Harrell asked Darren to become a member of his band The Virginians as the dobro player. Bill was quoted as to say, “ I need a Dobro player, And Darren is the best”. The next step in Darren’s musical life would take him many places in many different musical styles of acoustic music, “I always tried to take something with me from each musical situation that I worked in”. A 4-year stint as the lead singer and guitar player with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver would prove to put the polish to Darren as a singer, entertainer and human being. In 2009 Darren branched out on his own forming Darren Beachley & Legends of the Potomac with former Seldom Scene members Mike Auldridge and Tom Gray. The bands first release “Take Off” proved to be highly successful. Becoming number 1 on the Roots Music charts and number 11 on The Billboard charts. It also finished 2011 as on of the top 15 CD's of the year according to the RMR charts. Darren served as producer and made many of the song choices for that project. His lists of accomplishments are many including 5 IBMA awards 11 Washington Area Music Award nominations and 2 Dove nominations. As Darren approaches the next part of his musical journey it promises to include all of the music he loves. Roots, Bluegrass, Americana, Gospel and Old Time Country. As Darren says “Doing the music like this gives me a vehicle to do so many things that I have always wanted to do.” “Music has to breath and have room to settle, this gives me that chance to step out and do some things I have always wanted to do as an artist, I am very excited about the next chapter of my career". [+]
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