Touching upon the true spirit of Gospel House and R&B, acclaimed Southern vocalist Darryl D’Bonneau takes the genre back to its roots, infusing his music with powerful elements of love and soul that only he can achieve. With his smooth vocals and his emotionally - charged lyrics, Darryl D’Bonneau possesses all he needs to show his “Strong Love” for music.
Darryl’s talent began budding at the early age of four. Raised in Charleston, South Carolina, traditional Southern gospel music played an instrumental role in his growth musically and provided an avenue for him to develop his singing talent. Moving from performances with church choirs to pursuance of a solo singing career, Darryl eventually earned the opportunity to sing background for one of his earlier influences, Martha Wash, (The voice of the Weather Girls) for over 16 years.
Darryl began fusing soulful R&B vocals with a contemporary club/house style, recording hit songs such as “A Better Way”, “It’s The Spirit” and “Sent From Above”. His rise to the top in the club scene led to his landmark achievement, having reached the #1 position on the Billboard Club play charts with “Stop Playing With My Mind” (a duet with Barbara Tucker). As an international success, he has appeared on the Top of the Pops program and continues to stay on every DJ’s dance chart with his release “It’s the Spirit” from his 2005 album, On My Way.
With his gospel House cut “Peace,” produced by DeepCitySoul D’Bonneau professes his love for the music and solidifies his status as a multi-faceted vocalist. Darryl’s current project “Why Me” is rocking the dance floor, produce by Kenny Summit and Re-mix by The Godfather of House Director’s Cut Frankie Knuckles and Eric Kupper, using his passionate soprano voice and commanding stage presence in his journey to revive the original soul of R&B and House.
Darryl is presently in the studio working with Powerhouse Diva Inaya Day, Mr.Darryl James New Yorks own (Dj from 98.7 Kiss FM), Mario Ferrini M (Basil Switzaerland),
Dino Michael, Dj/Producer (Capetown, South Africa), Itchy Lemon Dj/Producer (Portugal), Alex Dimitri Dj/Producer (Italy) to name a few.. The album will also include a duet with House Diva Cinammon Brown & Gospel Great Mervin Fleming written by one of Gospels great writers Cleve Dion Fleming. He is also mentoring and collaborating with up and coming R&B Artist Rellim.
He also has new management with Atwork Entertainment (James Germany) and is very happy with his newfound family.
Look out for his upcoming projects.
“I don’t want to be labeled as just a house, gospel or pop artist; I’m a singer, I like singing everything because I love music. You might hear a bit pop or house in my music because that is how I sing. I see that I make others happy when they listen to my music and there is something in my music for everybody.”
One Touch Cop
Lie Down With Dogs
2 Italian Music Awards
LET’S DANCE with Darryl D’Bonneau
The Minister is proud to have the chance to interview Darryl D’Bonneau a singer that I’ve been listening to and dancing to for more years then I can remember with songs that have touched my soul with STOP PLAYING WITH MY MIND and STONG LOVE just to name a few.
So Lets Dance!!!!!!
Tell the people of Australia / TMP family a bite about yourself?
Well my name is Darryl D’Bonneau I was raised in Charleston, SC music has always been a part of my life growing up. I listened to my grandmother sing and humming around the house all the time and it sound so beautiful so I guess she made me the singer I am. She use to make me sing in church on Sundays and to see how the people loved my voice as a child I know I had a gift that was sent from above.
When did you start to get into house music?
I was about 15 or 16 years old when I started to listen to house music back then it was called Disco it was a music that moved me I felt like I was in church and the spirit had taken control of me it made me very happy. Hearing what the artist was singing about felt like they were writing songs about me.
What musical influence made you the artist you are today?
The Tramps, The Weather Girls, Sylvester, Mighty Clouds Of Joy, Ronnie Dyson, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. and people that I went to church with like Jocelyn Brown and my pastor the late Jerry Burns just to name a few.
What would u say to people that say that soulful house music is not important in today’s dance seen?
Soulful House Music is very important it comes from the soul without that music is just nothing but noise. It gives us something to hold on to to look forward to knowing that life will get better. We sing and dance about what is going on in life we don’t have to sugar coat it we tell it like it is in song.
Would u say it harder being a male singer in HOUSE music then a female artist?
Yes it is harder but I have never let that stop me. Being a male singer you have to always look the part or sing high but I sing from my soul that’s what keep me in the game.
What would you say is the hardest thing about being a singer this days in house music?
I would say being a singer in house music is hard because we don’t get the respect that we deserve, People use / sample our voices don’t give us credit. We are the voices behind the music they remix pop artist songs that will never sing in a house club. The DJ’s get more respect they make them God’s without vocals there are no DJ’s.
What do you have coming and what can we expect from you in the future?
My managers James Germany (Atwork Entertainment), Ashley Saunders (Ashbon) and myself are working on my new double CD called “House Of Love” & “House Of Love Duets” do to be released in Spring 2014 that I am very proud to have my name on. We brought in some of the best and greatest house singers to do some duets with me that I can call friends that I love to listen to. Along with some phenomenal producers from all over the world. These Songs will have you listening again to great soulful house music and wanting to see us live on stage again.
I’d like to James Germany for making the interview possible and Darryl for being so open and honest with me for the interview and hope to see him in person on my adventures into sound.
The Minister – Live Love Soulful House
Geschrieben von Shqipe Sylejmani
Donnerstag, 11. Juli 2013
ALL IN ONE
Ein unbekannter Name ist MARIO FERRINI wahrlich nicht. Als er aber mit der Single «How can I?» die Houseszene überraschte, wurde erst das Ausmass seines Talents ersichtlich. Doch wer sich auf den Lorbeeren ausruht, erreicht nichts, und so steht der Musikaufmischer schon in den Startlöchern für seine nächsten Projekte.
«Stay» heisst das gute Stück und vom US-Sänger CECE ROGERS geht es jetzt zu Soulmaster und R‘n‘B-Künstler DARRYL D’BONNEAU. Die neue Single soll eine Fortsetzung des Meisterwerks «How can I?» werden, ihm aber in nichts nachstehen. Und so entstand die Produktion auf recht unkonventionelle Art und Weise: In Miami lernten sich FERRINI und D‘BONNEAU kennen. Die musikalische Chemie passte. Kurz darauf flossen schon die Texte, die Ideen strömten und bald schon entstand das Werk, das die Faszination der beiden für dieselbe Kunst vereinen sollte.
Doch damit nicht genug: Nebst dem Release von Singles und anderen Aktivitäten wie dem Projektieren und Durchführen von Events und der Betreuung seiner Residences wie im NOONH in Basel plant der ambitionierte DJ und Musikproduzent auch die Aufnahme eines Studioalbums. Nebst «How can I?» und «Stay» sollen die Tracks der Platte eine Kombination sein aus seinem Musikverständnis, seiner künstlerischen Freiheit und dem Willen, alles kreuz und quer im Housebereich zu mischen, seiner roten Vocal-Linie aber will er trotz allem treu bleiben. Die Realisation dieser Werke ist für den Beginn des nächsten Jahres vorgesehen. Während MARIO FERRINI seine zahlreichen Projekte aufzählt, wirkt er im Gegensatz zu manch anderem DJ eher bescheiden, tiefstapelnd. Dabei ist er sich seines Talents und Könnens durchaus bewusst.
Die Herausforderung, sich in der Schweizer Musikszene nun endgültig zu etablieren, sei seine Herausforderung und dies wolle er mit aller Kraft zu erreichen versuchen. Besonders sei ihm dabei wichtig, die Möglichkeiten zu nutzen, sich in seiner Heimatregion rund um Basel weiter zu verankern, weshalb die nächsten Monate sehr bedeutsam für ihn seien. Dabei spricht MARIO FERRINI seine Auftritte beim «SPRISSE Openair» in Pratteln oder am Jugendkulturfestival Basel an. Die Unterstützung aus der Region sei ein weiterer Motivator. Nicht zuletzt soll dabei ab 2014 eine Tour auf dem Plan stehen – ein Projekt mehr, dem er sich mit voller Leidenschaft widmen kann, so wie seiner Musik selbst.
Auftritt: 16. und 17.8., «SPRISSE Openair», Pratteln;
31.8., «Jugendkulturfestival» Basel
Darryl is presently in the studio working with Powerhouse Diva Inaya Day, Mr.Darryl James New Yorks own Dj from 98.7 Kiss FM), Mario Ferrini M (Basil Switzaerland), Kevin Julien Producer (London), Dino Michael Reloaded Dj/Producer (Capetown, South Africa), Itchy Lemon Dj/Producer (Portugal), Alex Dimitri Dj/Producer (Italy) to name a few. Look out for his upcoming projects. A duet with Gospel Great Mervin Fleming written by one of Gospels great writers Cleve Dion Fleming....So get ready for the ride because Darryl is going to be bringing it to you hard.......Peace and Blessings
“HANDS TO THE SKY” REACHES FOR HIGHER HEIGHTS WITH
NEW INTERVIEWS AND DANCE FOOTAGE
Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/367574
House Music Documentary Showing and AfterParty Featuring DJ Kevin Hedge + DJ Kervyn Mark with special singing Performance by Darryl D'Bonneau!!!
At Williamsburg’s Indiescreen, Saturday, April 13
Positive feedback from more than 2,000 house music enthusiasts in Miami, New York, Baltimore and Boston who in 2012 screened “Hands to the Sky,” a documentary exploring outdoor house music dance parties, inspired the producers to show fans even more love with a new cut of the film. As My House Rocs prepares to take “Hands to the Sky” to college campuses and festivals across the country, they will host a benefit screening of the new cut to help cover costs of exposing the film to new audiences on Saturday, April 13 at Indiescreen, 289 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
With showtimes at 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM, there will be an after-party featuring RootsNYC DJ Kevin Hedge, whose weekly show on WBLS-FM show and long-running party at legendary Club Cielo has set the standard for classic house music in New York City as well as DJ Kervyn Mark (Melting Pot Global) known for his long tenure over at the Coney Island Boardwalk music series of events. Just added to the line-up is the one and only great voices in the soulful house genre, Darryl D'Bonneau! Admission is $20.00 for the screening plus after-party; $10.00 for just the after-party which will begin at 10:00 PM. Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/367574
Kronik Trilogy Feat. Darryl D'Bonneau
Label: Kult Records
Artists Genre: Dance
Kronik Trilogy is New York based producer Victor Sanchez (Also recording under Kronik Swing) and Darryl D’Bonneau on Vocals. We do not have a biography on file for Victor Sanchez. Should you have a biography for Victor Sanchez and would like to contribute, please contact us! TR
D'Bonneau easily accomplishes what few of his contemporaries can. This Artist blends the soulful reserve of a traditional R&B crooner with the primal fervor of an underground belter. Such skill has served him well during his time with Jellybean Recordings. He has already scored a Billboard dance chart hit with "Don't Turn Your Back On Me," which also displays Darryl's knack for pulpit-pounding gospel. A boyhood of singing in church allows him to naturally infuse his music with a warm spirituality that enhances the force of a house beat incredibly well. "I learned at a young age that a record isn't any good unless give it every ounce of your passion," he says with pride. "When I sing, it's like something enters my body and takes over. It's a transforming experience."
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 in Back to Mine
Sup! I'm Darryl D'Bonneau and if I were to take someone back to my place I would play these songs for them because they mean a lot to me and keep me going and focussed.
1. Revenge - Darryl D'Bonneau - JellyBean Records - House (I know this may sound arrogant but, I love this song. I'm just saying what people really feel but, you better watch your karma with this one)...lol.
2. Can't Forget - Denitra Champ - Total Experience Records - Gospel
Keeps my spirit in tact. I am truly blessed
3. Until The End Of Time - Justin Timberlake & Beyonce - R&B
What a smooth love song!
4. Me - Tamia - Image - R&B
Now, this song should have been written for me . I am the male version of this song.
5. So Free - Ultra Nate - Strictly Rhythm - House
Ok, now here is a song that gets me super motivated. It's exactly what it is "Freeing"
6. Mervin Fleming & Ephesians - I Know An Angel By Name - Eyes On Da Soul Ent - Gospel
What an amazing beautiful haunting song. Well written, well produced, well song.
7. Phyllis Hyman - Old Friend - Arista - R&B
A strong song letting me remember friends and family that have gone on
8. Darryl D'Bonneau & D'Soul Jie - Drop Da Body - MN2S Records - House
Here I go again but I can't help it. This is a great song! It gives me energy, it's sexy, it's good for the body and it describes me to a T)...lmaooo!!
Darryl D'Bonneau - Say You're Gonna Stay (ft DJ Meme & Jovonn remixes) is released August 4th on Jellybean Soul
The Past... How many success stories have you heard that began in Charleston, South Carolina? When you think of Charleston, you think of the Deep South - A port city drenched in Southern tradition and charm. Out of one of those Southern traditions, Darryl D'Bonneau's star was born. Some of the greatest singers of our day got their start singing in the Southern tradition of the Gospel choir. Divas such as Aretha Franklin, Candi Staton & Whitney Houston started in church and brought that spirit to the Pop charts and Dance floors of the World over. So much has been made of the divas, but what about the men? Darryl D'Bonneau is the latest name to be added to that prestigious list that includes Sam Cooke, Isaac Hayes & Sylvester. He started singing at the age of four, but it wasn't until he was ten years old that his career took off in earnest. His family moved to New York and his natural singing ability got the attention of Rev. Jerry Burns. Under his supervision, Darryl recorded his first Gospel record called, Love at Open Door. Darryl soon brought that spirit to the clubs, where he quickly developed a following. One day while laying down tracks in the studio, Choreographer Jamale Graves heard him singing and contacted his friend Martha Wash. It was one of those moments when your life comes full circle, his early musical influences were in fact Sylvester & Martha Wash on the Dance tip and James Cleveland, Shirley Ceasar & Clara Ward from the Gospel world. The Present... Presently, Darryl is helping to create a new fusion by mixing old, soulful R&B vocalizations over a contemporary club sound. This multi-talented singer has impressed many an audience with his unique voice and commanding stage presence. Over the years, D'Bonneau has released recordings with record labels such as New Generation, Jellybean, Kult, Nervous & Easy Street. He has collaborated with producers like Hex Hector, (Deborah Cox, Shannon) & David Sussman. D'Bonneau's career has been blessed with having worked with legends such as Martha Wash, Sylvester, Taylor Dayne & Diana Ross. Looking toward the future, It's The Spirit From Mr. D'Bonneau New CD! ON MY WAY has made number one on every DJs dance chart in 2005. Stop Playing With My Mind, (a duet with Barbara Tucker), scored the number one position on the Billboard Club Play chart for Strictly Rhythm Records in February 2000. He is ready to use his experience on TV, (Tops of the Pops & the Arsenio Hall Show), and in the clubs (12 West, Cheetah Bar, Body & Soul, Limelight & the Shelter, Love Paride in Germany), to take his career to the next level on Strictly Rhythm Records. Look for the Lenny Fontana produced singles titled Pow Pow Pow, and Can We Do It Again as Powerhouse feat. Darryl D'Bonneau. You may remember the last Powerhouse release. It looks like another ..1 may be in Darryl's future. A Better Way - JellyBean and Darryl back together again.
DARRYL D'BONNEUA MUSIC VIDEO SHOOT W DJ ANTOINE QUA AND GUEST DJ/PRODUCER FROM SWITZERLAND MARIO FERRINI...............................
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ULTRA NATE & LISA MOODY DEEP SUGAR 10TH ANNIVERSARY FEATURING DARRYL D'BONNEAU & KENNY BOBIEN
Paradox is located at 1310 Russell St, Baltimore, MD just south of the corner of Russell and Ostend Sts., in the Camden Yards Industrial Park, directly kitty-cornered from the front of M&T Bank Stadium.
346 North 6th St. Nwk.... between Park Ave. & 4th off of Roseville Ave...
Amsterdam Dance Event
Video Shoot w/ Mario Ferrini
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OL' SKOOL CLUB & CLASSICS
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