From then on, the guitar became Darren's best friend and companion. Darren's best friend and companion. Darren's formal singing lessons came from school choral groups he joined from sixth grade through twelfth. After moving to Florida with his family in 1982, he auditioned for and was picked to sing in a local Opry show. Wanting to pursue a career in music, he moved to Alabama in 1993 with the Opry show. Later he joined an area band as the lead singer. Their country music and his personal style of singing were well received. He appeared on the Country Boy Eddy Show, a local TV show based in Birmingham, Alabama. He also performed at the Alabama Country Music Association near Cullman, Alabama.
In November 1998, Darren recorded a 2 song CD at Chelsea Studio in Nashville, TN. The first song on the CD debuted at #48 on the Independent Tracker Charts on March 10, 2000. In November 2000, Darren recorded his first album at KMA Records. The album, "Jesse Told Becky Goodbye," was released in February 2001. Darren has performed several times at the VFW in Chattanooga, TN, where his music has been well received. Darren seems to increase his following every place he performs. His first album continues to climb up the Independent charts.
On March 18, 2001, Darren performed with Grand Ole Opry Star, Ernie Ashworth, at the Holiday Inn Select in Nashville, TN. This performance was to benefit the Children's Rights Council (CRC). Darren's song, "Jesse Told Becky Goodbye," appeared on a compilation CD along with music by Ernie Ashworth. Sales from the CD go to help the CRC National organization.
In April, 2001, Darren released a single to radio stations entitled "Politically Incorrect Redneck." This song has proven to be very popular. An album containing this song will soon be going to press. Fans may purchase it by late summer.
Darren performed live in Chattanooga, TN, on May 19, 2001. He and a live band performed for Penske Oil's Customer Appreciation Day in the K-Mart parking lot.
Everyone who hears Darren knows he is on his way to seeing his dream come true. If you ask him, Darren will tell you God has given him his talent and remains in the spotlight - center stage - a very important place in Darren's life!
Darren Rhodes "Jesse Told Becky Goodbye" has just won International Song of the Year at the International Airplay King Eagle Awards in Nashville, 9th month 2001.
Darren Rhodes also receives an award from the Best Of Texas Awards held in Beumont, Texas for (Male Vocalist Of The Year.) 10th month 2001.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Jesse Told Becky Goodbye
2. Johnny Walker Walk
3. She Gets It Right
4. Your Mister Misses You
5. You Got Me
6. I've Been There
7. I'll Remember You
8. Send The Angels Down
9. Work Hard Play Hard
10. Coldest Night Since 1951